Take your blues jams to the next level with 10 inspiring chord shapes

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The good old E- and A-shape barre chords provide ample ways for you to jam over any chord progression you could ever be faced with. However, there are loads more inspiring shapes to try – shapes with a little more authentic bluesiness about them. 

Here we’ve presented 10 shapes for you to try out in a I-IV-V blues progression in E – so, remember, that’s E, A and B. Start with E, A and B chords you already know, then try substituting for some of these.

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Jenna Scaramanga

Jenna writes for Total Guitar and Guitar World, and is the former classic rock columnist for Guitar Techniques. She studied with Guthrie Govan at BIMM, and has taught guitar for 15 years. She's toured in 10 countries and played on a Top 10 album (in Sweden).