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1 Blues Backup in 3rds Common way to backup a blues. Do as a shuffle!


3 Next slide has the backup This is all in 3rds. –3rds are intervals – from G# to B is a third (G# - A – B) –Can play entirely with a pick, entirely with fingers (thumb on 6 th string – index plays 3 rd string and middle finger plays 2 nd string) or hybrid where the pick plays the bass and then the 2 nd finger the 3 rd string and ring finger the 2 nd string (I use this quite a bit) Do as a shuffle. Will break down each chord. In each of the following examples, I will give the backup pattern in tablature and then have a chord drawing of the fingering etc. Use both to get the full picture of what is going on.


5 For E7

6 For E7 – Only play strings indicated. On the 1 st one you might want to hold an E7 down as you play it (I do).


8 For A7 – First finger stays at the 5 th fret – may want to barre for most of this.


10 For B7 all at the 7 th fret!


12 Now master & Try in Other Keys Following page has it in F. Try to learn this in all keys. Then do modifications to it.


14 In G At this point you should be getting the idea Do work on this!


16 Now in A


18 As you go up Now you will need to move some of the patterns down an octave. Look at the next example in B.


20 Now finish out all 12 keys This is really important to do in all keys. Just take your time. You will notice that after a few it becomes easy.

21 Variations These are almost limitless. First one starts with a hammer on beat one from the open to the 1 st fret 3 rd string. The following 3 slides should help you. Then vary these ideas. Play one for a measure then do another one for the next measure back and forth.


23 Hammer

24 Barre 5 th fret then hammer. Do similar for B7 but at the 7 th fret.

25 Variation #2.

26 Now just repeating the 1 st ½ of the measure over and over. Hammer on beats 1 And beats 3.

27 Here is the idea but backwards. Mix this in sometimes also.

28 Another Variation When intervals of a 3 rd are inverted they become intervals of a 6 th. This will also work very well to your advantage by doing this. Clapton used this in a number of songs. Next page has the same idea done earlier but now in intervals of a 6 th instead of a 3 rd.


30 B7 has a number of variations but the E7 and A7 are pretty well set. See the next 3 slides for ways to do the B7. It will take some time for that chord. Again try in all keys.

31 Various ways to do the B7. First line can be done with the 1 st notes doing a ½ barre at the 4 th fret. Rest is in 1 st position. See fingering Finger 4 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 4 1 1 1 Barre This one is tough for fingering but is moveable. Barre the 4 th fret – I prefer this one.

32 Fingering 1 4 2 4 3 1 2 1 1 3 2 3 Note the 3 rd beat can be a barre also with either the 4 th or index finger!

33 This last one is the same as the open E form. Just moved up. Barre at the 7 th fret and the rest should be fairly easy. Starts with just a B7 chord at the 7 th fret. For the 2 nd beat use your middle finger on the 9 th fret of the 3 rd string and your pinky on the 11 th fret of the 5 th string.

34 Come up with your own ideas This is just a start for you. Make your own variations. Change the timing to triplets as an example. You can really milk this with blues songs. But try it in other styles also.

35 Some songs to apply this to! Following are some songs other than just Good Morning Blues, to try this to. Take your time and try variations on each song.


37 Another version of the same song.


39 Repeat this line – and similar See See Rider or C C Rider


41 This is an 8 bar blues. You could do something similar to the previous songs on this. Great song that Eric Clapton did along with others. Very traditional blues!

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