|Normal Harmonization||Alternative Harmonization|
E5, E6, E7
E Major, A/C sharp, E9
A5, A6, A7
A Major, D/F sharp, A9
B5, B6, B7
B Major, E/G sharp, B9
Some of these three note chords can be found in Blues Guitar Lessons • Before You Accuse Me. These chords are an alternative harmonization of the basic pinky patterns. For example, in measure one, the normal chords would be E5, E6 and E7. These have been re-harmonized to form E Major (chord spelling: B, E, G sharp), A/C sharp (or more simply A Major, since C sharp is the third of the A Major triad, chord spelling: C sharp, E, A) and E9 (chord spelling: D, F sharp, B). These new harmonies present a very cool substitution for the basic patterns, and have been used in many songs. In the video, I am using the 'chicken picking' technique. Also, the E5, E6 and E7 could be played as a second guitar part, adding more foundation to the overall sound. All of these progressions are played with the shuffle feel, notated here as a broken triplet (see Blues Basics • Blues Rhythm Patterns Part 1).
This pattern adds a repeating riff combined with the chords. Based in the key of G Major, it is close to ZZ Top's 'Jesus Just Left Chicago'. The riff moves through three different Pentatonic scales: G Major-E minor, C Major-A minor, and D Major-B minor. The G Major Pentatonic riff is based in Box Pattern #3, while the C Major and D Major riffs are from Box Pattern #1. These scales correspond to the 12 bar, 3 chord structure (G, C And D). Combining riffs and chords is very common in blues. Even though the second chord of each measure can be simplified to the Major chord (as explained in Progression one), voicing the third on the bottom of the chord is essential to the sound of the movement. The last two measures are a very common turnaround in the key of G. This pattern sounds good at a slow to moderate tempo.
This pattern sounds great at a moderate to fast shuffle tempo. The order of the chords has been reversed. In measure one, the movement is from A9, into D/F sharp and resolving to A Major. This is the same movement for all the chord shapes. The overall tonality is once again the normal one, four, five in the key of A: A7, D7, E7. Try working these shapes out in the first five frets. The E9, A/C sharp, E Major, will have to be transposed down an octave. The D9, G/B, D Major, will be different chord shapes from all the others presented in these progressions.
Chord spelling for D9 low to high: C (third string, fifth fret), E (second string, fifth fret), and A (first string, fifth fret).
Spelling for the G/B low to high: B (third string, fourth fret), D (second string, third fret) and G (first string, third fret)
The D Major is simply a normal open D shape based on the second fret: A (third string, second fret), D (second string, third fret), F sharp (first string, second fret). Once you have these patterns memorized, try adding ornaments. On the video, I am sliding into the 9th chords. This will add more meat to the sound!
Jesus Just Left Chicago • ZZ Top
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