Watch the Breakdown 1 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slow Blues Power

This chorus of soloing begins with a really nice and somewhat unusual voicing of D7, with the major third, F#, positioned as the lowest note and the fifth, A, positioned as the highest note. You will hear chord voicings like this in the classic slow blues, “Last Night,” by harmonica great Little Walter. Likewise, it’s very cool to switch from this voicing of the I chord to the G9 voicing that follows it: while keeping the notes the same on the top two strings (D and A, respectively), the notes on the G and D strings move down one fret, from C to B and from F# to F, respectively. This results on a G9 voicing that places the b7 (flat seventh), F, on the bottom and the ninth, A, on the top.