In this lesson we locate the VI7 and II7 chords using our two Freddie Green dominant 7th chord grips. I then demonstrate how to use these tools to play the 12 bar blues changes of a dominant blues in G with the VI7-II7-V7-I7 turnaround in two different neck positions. These are the changes for many tunes including I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town, popularized by Louis Jordan and a favorite of B.B.King.
About This Guitar Lesson Series
Comping the Blues With 3 Note Freddie Green Grips: A Complete, Complementary & Creative Approach to Comping Any Kind of Blues
Longtime Count Basie Band guitarist Freddie Green is widely recognized as one of the most sophisticated and tasteful rhythm players of all time. His approach was selfless, playing only as much as necessary to enhance the band’s performance and keep the audience on the dance floor. In this series you’ll learn 3 finger grips pioneered by Green then apply them to a variety of different blues progressions. You’ll be shown two grips for each chord type; dominant 7th, minor 7th and major 6th.
These chord are easy to get under your fingers and are tight, chunky and versatile. You can use them as a solo guitar player to provide tight accompaniment to your singing. In a jam or band setting when there are multiple guitars, they will give you options and opportunities to avoid playing the same grips in the same area of the fretboard that others are playing.
by Scott Perry, teacher and founder of GuidedGuitarLessons.com