For blues comping (playing blues rhythm guitar) this is a move that gets used on all kinds of tunes…

Slow blues, shuffle blues, straight feel songs… really doesn’t matter, this will work.

It’s also one of those “set and forget” moves – honestly don’t worry too much about why it works (I’ll tell you) but concentrate on experimenting with it and really making it your own.

Play it – a lot – and get it down so it works for you. I promise you’ll be glad you did.

Like this and want more like it? Check out 52 Rhythm Fills & Variations.

Jam Tracks used in this video (and most of my videos) arefrom my 5X5 Blues Jam Tracks pack.

    15 replies to "The I IV I7 Rhythm Move"

    • Alexander

      That was killer! Putting on a jam track right now and play around with this! Thanks Griff!

    • Thurman Moore

      Another great lesson.

    • Ken

      1, 11, 111, 1V, V, V1, V11, V111, 1X, X.
      Yeah, I took Latin and it just now paid off! :).
      Griff, I have been connecting the dot patterns on the chords
      for target notes. A Major..A C# E etc. I am adding the 7th
      to that for more target choice. I play a LOT of A Minor backing
      track stuff (which is my main focus) and my question is :
      Am I OK in adding the 7th even
      if it is not necessarily a blues tune. I pretty much have the
      A C E G back to A octave pattern down. I figure I can throw in the
      drone notes as needed as opposed to noodling and wondering why
      my solo efforts sound like scales. ANY feedback is appreciated!
      When in doubt, ask the EXPERT!

    • Anthony

      It works for sure. I was told one can always toggle between a I and a IV. It seems to me the third, 2 string chord, is a IVth of the IVth. It is two notes from a G7. G7 is the 4th of the D which is the IV the A,D., E 1,4,5. So when chord is A7, the notes played sequence two notes from A (A7), D, G7. Then when the D is play , you play two notes from D (7), G, C7. Then when E is played it E (7), A., D7. Hence, I, IV, IV of the IV. ( I think)

    • Anthony

      It works for sure. I was told one can always toggle between a I and a IV. it seem to me the third, 2 string chord, is a IVth of the IVth. It is two notes from a G7. G7 is the 4th of the D of the A,D., E 1,4,5

    • rick horine

      hoe about giving us the tab for the basic move.

    • Alexander

      Hey griff, that’s a a great move! Looks like I’ll be working on that today, thanks for the lesson.

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    • Michael Chappell

      Hey Griff, Just came across this lesson on FB and absolutely love it. As you know I have the 52 RF&V and also a lof of the BGU courses. I have recorded it and practiced with my Strat. I’m away interstate at present due to an ill relative but will keep having a go at it..

      Cool lesson as always.
      Michael – Sydney- Australia April 2020

    • Gary R McCorkle

      I’ve been looking for this move for so long. Thanks Griff.
      Love these 2 and 3 note chords.
      So, who scratched you beautiful Strat? ☹️

    • tony

      I am familiar with this move ,but, not exactly. Listen carefully and it sort of sounds like brown eyed girl . That is some of what it could be . Adding to it changing it up would be something I will do next time I pick up the guitar . Thanks and be well and take care of the 69er .

    • John Duxbury

      Fantastic! Seen/heard this soooooooo many times. But you nailed the explanation.

      Makes me feel so stupid I missed it. But Albert Einstein missed black holes, so maybe I can excuse myself.

    • Ole Larsen

      Of the courses I have, I think 52 RF&V is the best and most useful. Once you’ve got the basics down, this gives you a huge library of stuff, that you can use for comping or even incorporate it in your soloes. It’s a gem.

    • Interstate slim

      Thanks Griff, this is my goal this year to focus on rhythm and more strumming patterns. Yes I do have your course on it. Got a chance to jam with my brother in-law( has played in bands) that was a wake up call. He said my lead playing was good, timing ,note choices etc.. but honestly I couldn’t play any rhythm when he was doing lead. Quite humbling to say the least. I’ve completely ignored this part of your courses because I figured I’d play only with backing tracks. Lesson learned, wisdom gained! Enjoy your day.

    • bill

      I am one of those guys who over thinks stuff and this is so obvious I never thought of it. but why leave out the Bb(4th string)when you go up to the 8th fret? So simple but so cool!

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