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Watch the Minor Train online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Essentials: Blues Rock Grooves Vol. 2

In "Minor Train," we're going to check out a blues groove in E minor. This is the simplest form of a minor blues where the I, IV, and V chord are minor as opposed to the usual dom7 in a standard blues. The chords are Em, Am, and Bm, although it still leaves it open to play Em7, Am7, and Bm7 as I do in the performance. This grove is similar to Gary Clark Jr.'s "When My Train Pulls In" yet we've heard this sound many times before from Jimi Hendrix and others. On the verse I switch over to a reggae feel where I accent the up beats. You'll notice in the track that I don't do this every time, giving you room if you want to solo over the reggae section.