Watch the Bluesy 7th Chords online guitar lesson by Denny Sarokin from Songwriter's Guide to Great Guitar

These open, ringing chord voicings have the 7th tucked away inside the chord and plenty of sustain. They work great for an uptempo Rockabilly groove (“Mystery Train”) or a bluesy shuffle (“You Got Me Runnin’).

1/2 barred 7ths and 9ths pair up nicely for slow blues tunes like “Stormy Monday” - add quick 1/2 step slides into the chords for an extra spoonful of soul.

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