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Watch the Ford-ward online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Lab: Blues Progressions

A great way to get your hands fretting some new blues is to check out modern players who are pushing the envelope and taking the style to new places. One such beloved artist is guitarist/singer Robben Ford. While Ford is all about the real deal he's more known for his modern approaches to blues playing. Evidence of this is all over his soloing but when you take a look beneath what's he playing (or singing) over you'll uncover some real slick progressions. This quirky 6-bar blues is a great example of Ford's hipness. Taken from a tune called "Ragged Road" from the Handful of Blues CD done with his rhythm section The Blueline, this six bar jam in B feels great.

There's a lot to swallow in this one in addition to wrapping your inner clock around a 6-bar progression. Listen for what's called an "anticipation" in bars 1, 2 and 5. This is where a chord that is meant to be played in the next bar on the downbeat is played on the last upbeat of the preceding bar "anticipating" the change. When you get to the third phase of the progression you'll be treated to some uncommon voicings. Though they're a little left-field for most they stay true to the voice leading standards this course adheres to and will serve as some great candy chords to have in your bag. That said, just like combining concepts and transposing changes, to get even more out of this course try to substitute these new voicings in the other progressions.

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