I wanna know how to play more interesting blues rhythms, mainly chord shapes or riffs.
Let's say I wanna play rhythm (not licks) to a B.B. King song, but not the usual blues shuffle or regular open/barre chords.
What's your favorite way of blues comping?
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I saw this article just left of your post on the front page. Weird coincidence. Not sure if that's you're looking for tho.
check this site...go to the lessons...blues...there are many blues progressions with very tasty chords ...


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The guide to rhythm guitar in the blues is on anything by Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williams, Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers

more contemporary players who do this style are Rick Estrin & The Nightcats (see Kid Andersen, or even Little Charlie) Hollywood Fats is a master at this rhythm style (along with a master of lead playing aswell)

Are you talking the more slow blues tunes or the shuffle/boogie/ more up tempo jazz blues ones?

learn the different voicings for 7th chords, different inversions and adds etc.. can learn some chord subs to put in the more jazz blues tunes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rsBxg-KdNY listen to the backing in that, awesome comping over a blues-jazz tune

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K599WHlr8M there's a whole mess of licks and voicings/ideas to steal from this tune

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-jk3WNhnnk listen to the backing behind the solo for some interesting rhythm guitar and chord subs/voicings

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vuKMxVkS24 another good one with more straight rhythm.

anything on Hollywood fats self titled album has great backing work on it by fats himself
Just as a good rule of thumb, use secondary dominants and pre-dominants all over that bitch. By which I mean instead of:

F | Bb | F | F| Bb| Bb| F | F | C | Bb| F| C|

you can do this sort of thing:

F | Em7b5 A7b9 | Dm7 G7 | Cm7 F7| Bb | Bdim | F| D7 | Gm7 | C7 | F Ab7 | G7 C7|

Also, turnarounds. Go nuts with em. Joe Pass has some sick ones.
^ thats a lot more jazz style comping than blues IMO, all good stuff, but yeah, don't really hear those kind of subs even if jump blues (often)
It absolutely is. I just threw in as many as possible to get them all out there
It wouldn't be a far cry to play a blues as this though:

I | IV | I | I | IV | IV | I | V7/ii | ii | V | I | V

I always used that dominant of the ii whether I went to ii or not .
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