Watch the Sussy Strut online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Guitar Lab: Blues Progressions

In this first segment many of the core approaches to Blues Progressions will be laid out for you, so listen up. In order to start kickin’ around ideas, it’s important you have a solid foundation in the basic 12-bar blues progression. The one we have here is so basic the only IV chord in sight is the double-bar instance at bars 5 and 6.

Throughout this course we’ll be taking a deep look into the chords you’ll be playing. From basic grips to extended altered excursions we’re going to cover a lot of ground, so you’ll have plenty of firepower. To get started, this segment will dole out the skinny on the core of most every chord in Blues Progressions: the b5 interval between the 3rd and b7th. This is the crux of a dominant 7th chord, which is the backbone tonality of these 23 progressions. Following that probe we’ll take a first look into extending those dom7 chords into phat-sounding 9ths and 13ths.

The third and final segment will be the first of many times I’ll introduce a signature approach to a progression. In the case of Sussy Strut you have a simple approach to changing things up by way of dom9sus4 chords as well as moving triads.