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Guitar for Songwriters by Leo Cavanagh

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12The Blues

YOU’RE TRYING TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN VOICE AS A SONGWRITER. You don’t want to sound like everyone else. So why study the blues, a form that has been used by thousands of people for more than a century?

Over the course of this book, we’ve looked at chords and accompaniment styles going from very basic to quite advanced. We’ve applied them to chord progressions in all keys, all over the neck. If we apply these ideas to a classic form like the blues, we can see the possibilities for many types of songs. The blues can be played in a very gritty, rocking fashion, as a country song, as a sophisticated jazz tune, or as anything in between. It’s hard to play guitar for long without gaining some familiarity with the blues. Learning the blues ...

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