Jazz Guitar Corner: Using Two-Note Chords to Play the Blues, Part 2



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What I like about 3-7s is how their octaves walk across the strings. For instance in A: E string 3rd fret - A string 4th - D string 5th - G string 6th - B string 8th - e string 9th. No matter how whacked out the chord progression, chances are good that some inversion is only a fret or two away. You can cover a lot of chromatic ground with minimal movement.

I learned this one from one of James Brown's guitarists for comping on one chord for 12 minutes.

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