Here we take a look at the root notes of the blues progression – the I, the IV and the V (1,4,5) chords – and how they lay out on the fretboard.
It’s good practice to use the middle finger of the left hand for each root note.
Wherever you place your middle finger root, the IV chord will be on the next string below it at the same fret, and the V chord, two frets up from that. Basically, the relationship of the root notes stays the same in the blues.
So you can use your middle finger to cover each root note, and use the root note pattern to guide you where to put the rest of your fingers on the fretboard. If you can count out loud “1,2,3,4…” while playing each note, it will help you to grasp the concepts better.
Here’s a sample diagram showing the key G:
Here’s another sample diagram transposing to the key Bb:
Here’s the video demonstration:
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