Guitar skills: (opens in new tab) In our last lesson we introduced you to diads (opens in new tab) – two-note chords favoured by countless players including Jimi Hendrix and John Mayer. Now we're taking those shapes and moving them to add dynamics.
5-minute blues guitar lesson: Learn to play diads – two-note chords (opens in new tab)
The sliding minor 3rd diad idea below sounds great over a blues progression in A. That’s because we hit all the important notes from an A7 chord and the ever-present minor pentatonic scale. It’s common in blues to use both the minor 3rd and the major 3rd so we’re targeting both of these (C and C# notes) as well as the minor 7th (G).
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