Open E7 And A7 Options

Today’s video is a fairly simple idea that can be used in a lot of different ways.

It’s not difficult, so I’ll say this might even be a beginning level lesson, but it’s something I didn’t know about until I’d been playing for many years, and now I see it come up in lots of songs.

Have fun:


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    The TAB

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  • ed

    Reply Reply May 22, 2018

    a nice mix of jazz and blues

  • Dave Schmitt

    Reply Reply May 17, 2018

    Thanks Griff – I really enjoyed it.

  • Terrance Schlagel

    Reply Reply May 17, 2018

    Hello all. I have a question. I noticed that in the second variation of both chords, a 4th and a 6th are added. Are those still considered 7th chords?

  • Bill

    Reply Reply May 17, 2018

    Thx Griff. You slid a great song suggestion in there on us when you said “these are basically the chords to Clapton’s Change the World”. Yup, indeed they are. Fantastic. As always. Peace, Out.

  • David Douglas

    Reply Reply May 17, 2018

    Niiice! Thanks once again Amigo!

  • Kevin O'Sullivan

    Reply Reply May 17, 2018

    I too loved the picking version. Not discordant at all!

  • TA Ratko

    Reply Reply May 16, 2018

    I believe Griff is describing the use of so-called “drone chords”. A good example of this is the song “Melissa” by the Allman Brothers Band. Also, I’m pretty sure the Stones used the A7 variant in “Stray Cat Blues” on the 1969 live album from MSG in NYC, “Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out”.

  • Paul Wilson- white from England

    Reply Reply May 16, 2018

    Well yes a Clapton song .but he did not play it on the original record he just overdubbed the voice a guy called dean parks played that he is a great session guitar player,he plays this finger style.
    Also it is a great way of mixing up your rythum playing.
    I don’t like the song to be honest,but I do appreciate the skills and thought process of dean parks accoustic chord progression.
    If been researching blues music now for nearly 3 years while learning to play and Griffs the man he is a great teacher and can play anything he is just a humble guy.
    Stick with Griff if you want learn real Blues music also I recommend learning the delta blues forget the slide bits unless your in to it but the bits in between are real blues sound that on an electric sound just like the greats we all love

  • Mike

    Reply Reply May 16, 2018

    Thanks for the lesson Griff

  • Jim

    Reply Reply May 16, 2018

    …change the world, indeed! Cool lesson! I really liked the finger-picked version! Thanks for yet another little gem and inspiration to play!
    Awesome, Griff!

  • Rustie

    Reply Reply May 16, 2018

    Sounds discordant and plain wrong.

    • Bill Thomas

      Reply Reply May 16, 2018

      It sounds wonderful to me. Too bad you can’t just appreciate.

  • Chris Roper

    Reply Reply May 16, 2018

    Brilliant! More options! Gotta be good!
    Cheers GH.

  • john

    Reply Reply May 16, 2018

    could not download the video – it just launches the video again

    • Griff

      Reply Reply May 16, 2018

      It depends on how your browser is configured. If you right click on that link, and choose “save as…” or something similar, that should work.

  • Sam

    Reply Reply May 16, 2018

    Thank you, great lesson.

  • mike z.

    Reply Reply May 16, 2018

    Griff , this is such a cool lesson . It sounds great , and the way you teach it , makes it easy . Thanks for this great lesson . Mike Z.

  • Jerry Persall

    Reply Reply May 16, 2018

    So glad to see this demonstrated so that others can pick it up. Been playing it for many years now. It is among the coolest things you can do on a guitar. Many thx!

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