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How to Mix Chords with Blues Licks

Mixing small chords into your blues licks is a great way to give your soloing a more polished sound. If you've never done this before, it might be challenging to know where these small chords are, and which chords you can use over which chord of the progression.

In this lesson, Anthony from Texas Blues Alley shows a bunch of small two-note chords that you can mix with your blues licks, and he shows which chord of the progression each can be used over.

Along the way, he demonstrates a bunch of cool licks, so pay close attention.

As Anthony notes, he didn’t have time to write up tab for this lesson, but the camera angle makes it easy to see what he’s doing.

Be sure to check out Texas Blues Alley’s YouTube page for more great lessons.

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Christopher Scapelliti
Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.