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Watch the Double Stops Up and Back online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory

With this lick we extend the reach of our double stops up to the A7 voicing on beat two of measure three. If you freeze on that shape for a moment, you can see that it’s our old friend the Rolling E7 voicing, Alternating Thumb Edition, transposed up five frets to serve as an A7 chord. Or, to see it another way, stick your pinkie on the 9th fret of the high string and you’ve got our upper Robert Johnson A7 chord voicing. Adding in this double stop lets us create a syncopated fingerstyle rearrangement of the “Chicken Shack” riff, a classic all-purpose blues motif given definitive treatment by B-3 organist Jimmy Smith on the title track of his 1950s Blue Note opus Back at the Chicken Shack.