Building Blue’s Rhythm

To start this lesson we will show a guitar tab highlighting the I-IV-V bass notes in the key of E. Untitled-5-1.png


Notice that from our root note, the IV note is the same fret just 1 string below and the V chord is just 2 frets (semi-tones) higher in pitch then our IV note.

You can move this pattern to change key and the intervals will stay the same. For example if you wanted to play in the key of A instead, your I note would be the 5th fret of the E string, your IV note would be the 5th fret of the A string and the V note would be the 7th fret of the A string.


Developing our example in the key of E, our tab below adds a 6th interval from each of the bass notes:



Once you can play this progression through several times smoothly, your next step is to add your ♭7 interval from each root note; see below:



Once you have this memorized, sounding smooth and being able to play it without looking at your guitar, try shifting the pattern into other keys.


We will have some lead guitar riffs to play over this rhythm and others which you will find here when released: MeYou – Blue’s Guitar