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Watch the Little Root online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from 30 Beginner Fingerstyle Blues Licks You MUST Know

As cool as the D7/F# chord voicing sounds, there are times when it makes sense to play the bass of a D chord on the open fourth string, especially if you want to grab a melody higher up on the neck. That's what we're doing in "Little Root". The chord move in the third full measure, half-stepping into the A7 chord, is another essential Delta blues move.