Watch the Blues Jazz Odyssey online guitar lesson by Corey Congilio from 50 Blues Rhythms You MUST Know

To me, the point of this course is to equip you with what you’ll need for all things blues rhythm.

Often times, you’ll want to play something more interesting than a three chord rhythm. Blues is jazz and much jazz is blues. I was probably an intermediate player when I realized that I had to learn some jazz/blues progressions.

I call it jazz/blues because we’re still playing through a 12 bar progression but, you’ll notice how there are many new changes.

Again, consider this just an introduction to playing more jazz inspired rhythms. We’re playing two choruses again here. The first chorus is played using full barre chord style shapes. I do this to help map out the progression.

Sometimes it’s easier to “see” the changes this way. The second chorus is played using 3 and 4 note inversions. You don’t have to play these examples exactly on your gig but, know that these changes are happening underneath swing and shuffle tunes.

Feel free to grab them as they fly by during the 12 bar progression.

As always, don’t force anything. Play what sounds right and you’ll be on the right track.