Essential Blues Chord Voicings

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Rob Garland

Some guitar players when playing the Blues tend to get stuck in the same handful of barre chord shapes. If you've found yourself in this group you've found the right course to help you leap over that hurdle! In this expansive series, Rob Garland will help you unlock the "cage" in your playing so you'll have the ability to play inventive chords all over the neck making it easier to improvise in real-world situations!

24 Lessons

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Full Course Breakdown

Rob starts us off by explaining what the CAGED System is and how it works. As the course progresses he'll dig into several styles of blues ranging from standard shuffles, slow blues, the stormy Monday blues, and even jazz and fusion blues! Within each style, he'll talk you through the chords and how to incorporate the CAGED system so you can play them on different positions on the neck and throw some embellishments on them to enhance your playing!



Rob introduces us to 'Essential Blues Chord Voicings'!

4:33 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Unlock the Cage: C7

For this first lesson, let's grab our guitar as Rob gives us an outline of the Caged System focusing in on the dominant 7th chords.

28:08 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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Unlock the Cage: G7

Now let's take that same idea and just implement the concept to a different chord, the G7 chord.

18:41 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


C7 - 12 Bar Blues Shuffle (8th Position)

Now that we have unlocked the cage, lets put it to use within the 12 Bar Blues!

20:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


C7 12 Bar Blues Shuffle (3rd Position)

In this lesson, Rob takes the same concepts from the previous lesson and applies them to a different position on the neck.

14:39 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


A7 Funky 12-Bar Blues (2nd position)

We move to the key of A7 for this lesson, where Rob breaks down this 12-Bar Blues example with a quick funky four.

21:01 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


A7 Funky 12-Bar Blues With 9th’s (5th position)

Taking the concept for the previous lesson we move to a different position as well as adding a 9th to our dominant 7th chords.

20:35 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Unlock The CAGE: Am7

Let's move on to some minor blues, Rob starts us off by unlocking with cage chords for minor chords in the key of A minor.

20:39 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Bm7 Minor Blues 12-Bar (7th position)

Now that we have the caged minor 7th chords under our fingers let's apply them to a minor blues!

21:37 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Bm7 Minor Blues CAGED Chord Extensions (7th position)

Let's take the concepts from the previous lesson and build on that a bit by adding some extensions.

27:27 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Bm7 Minor Blues 12-Bar DGBE (2nd position)

We continue working on the B minor 7 12-Bar blues, but we move to a different position on the neck with different chord shapes.

20:18 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Bb7 Funky 12-Bar-Blues - Using 13th’s (6th position)

Rob walks us through a B flat 13 Blues with a funky shuffle tone.

23:54 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Bb13 Funky 12-Bar Blues (6th pos.) Tritone Substitution

Let's build upon what we learned from the previous lesson and add another component to our music toolbox with Tritone substitutions.

18:24 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


6/4 G7 “Stormy” Slow Blues Form CAGED 7th’s (3rd position)

For this lesson, Rob talks us through a slow blues, with the form based on the style of T-Bone Walker's Stormy Monday.

15:03 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


6/4 G7 “Stormy” Slow Blues Form CAGED 7th’s (8th position)

Rob gives us some real-world advice when it comes to playing in a jam session as we take everything we learned in the last two lessons and move it to a different position on the neck.

23:28 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Unlock The CAGE - CMAJ7

For this lesson, we look at the major 7th chords as we unlock the cage once more.

21:39 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


C 8-Bar Blues (Open position)

In this lesson, we'll dive into the 8-bar blues which has some roots in the rag-time tradition.

20:09 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


C 8-Bar Blues CAGED (5th position)

With the 8-bar blues form in C under our fingers let's incorporate some of our CAGED knowledge at the 5th position.

27:03 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


C 8-Bar Blues CAGED (10th position) DGBE

Let's again take everything we learned in the previous two lessons and apply it to a different position on the neck. Rob moves us up to the 10th position.

23:31 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Using Diminished 7th Chords In The Blues (E7)

Rob gives us some tips on how to use a diminished chord to lead us from one chord to another.

24:52 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Bb Jazz Blues (6th position)

For this lesson, Rob dives into a Bb 12-Bar jazz blues in the 6th position!

18:46 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Bb Jazz Blues (3rd position)

We have the jazz blues chords under our fingers lets move them down the neck to learn them in a different position!

21:06 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Fusion Blues (7sus9)

In this lesson, Rob talks about suspended chords that can be used to produce a jazz-rock or fusion sound.

26:06 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Fusion Blues - Adding 13sus9 - Subs For Dom7

For the last lesson of this course, Rob expands on the Fusion Blues chords we just learned in the previous lesson by teaching an extension for these chords.

20:07 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

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  • Los Angeles, California
  • Playing since 1987
  • 50 lessons at JamPlay

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