Watch the Blues: Technique 5 online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from RhythmCraft

The 12 bar blues progression in this example is exactly the same as in the previous lessons, we've just approached it using dominant chords with 9th and 13th extensions to give us a jazzier sound. Of course, I've changed the rhythmic approach as well to leave more space in the track for the complexities in the harmony. Leaving space in this part also allows for a second guitarist or any other harmonic instrument to add other flavors to, try and remember that when working with other musicians and create complementary guitar parts that work well with the other instrumentation.

Check out the chord diagrams provided to learn the chord voicings I'm playing if they are new to you. Visualize the shapes and name the notes and this will help you remember them and find other shapes for those chords in other areas of the fretboard.

There are also some really nice chromatic chord moves in this lesson plan which you'll be able to utilize as turnarounds and connections to the other chord changes. Remember, these moves apply to other genres as well and you'll see me utilize this chromatic move in the country guitar lesson too. Recycle!