Watch the Mississippi Blues 10 online guitar lesson by Tim Sparks from Post-Modern Fingerstyle Blues

The fifth variation of this 12-bar blues is jazz inflected, implying something you might sooner hear from coming from a Harlem stride played on Fats Waller's piano. But the chord shapes are again out of Freddie Green's playbook, and the variation capitalizes on the full, round timbre of chords moving along the lower strings. Amid some other unexpected turns comes a really surprising riff featuring percussive slaps and string bends.

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