Watch the Mississippi Blues 12 online guitar lesson by Tim Sparks from Post-Modern Fingerstyle Blues

For the arrangement's final variation, an elaborate turnaround signals that we're approaching the end. The "grand descent" heard in here is a thing of beauty, and though most of it is built on a single dom7 chord shape descending chromatically, the melody on top seems to shift the harmony with every change. And if you didn't already know how to play the concluding line using double-stop 6ths, well, that lick alone is worth the price of admission.

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