Watch the Week 3: Special Blues Forms (2nd Three Forms) online guitar lesson by Bob Wolfman from Essential Guide To Jazz Blues Comping
These "special blues chords" (as I like to call them) are ideal to play a groove, by laying down textures with simple chordal shapes that flow together so nicely. It's in their inherent simplicity that lends to their adaptability both harmonically and rhythmically. Robben Ford is certainly one of the most unique, talented and influential guitarists in the blues genre, and of course other idioms as well. He is absolutely one of my biggest influences, and I always admire the way Robben incorporates really hip, jazz substitution chords even in the simplest blues grooves and tunes. I had the wonderful opportunity to play with Robben Ford last summer, and hang out with him a bit during his week long Guitar Dojo in upstate New York. I had a ball, and really enjoyed the thrill of being able to play with Robben (one of my heroes, ya know?!). One thing really blew me away though. It stuck with me for days, weeks and now months later...it's how Robben uses the simplest chord forms and in very simple combinations, but it burns and grooves like a "mutha" for days! Just ridiculous! Robben would use just simple major triads all over the place for traditional blues, but also his own new original compositions. Robben has always been known for his amazing tone, technique, and "chops", but my point here is that he didn't need to use fancy chord forms to sound great and make the music hot! So, just in case you didn't guess, I absolutely recommend that you check out all of Robben's recordings, especially with Robben Ford & The Blue Line. There is so much you'll learn from him, speaking of jazz/blues. Incidentally, Mike Bloomfield is one of Robben's big influences, and Robben did a tribute album to Mike Bloomfield.