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How to Use Open Strings for Blues

The folks over at Texas Blues Alley—makers of "How to Mix Chords with Blues Licks" and "10 Ways to Start a Blues Guitar Solo"—recently (ish) posted a lesson video on the subject of how and when to use open strings in a blues context.

The video takes you through a few keys, and shows you how you can use open strings in each.

Though there are no accompanying tabs with the lesson, the camera angle makes it fairly easy to see exactly what's going on. You can watch the lesson above.

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

Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at guitarworld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.