Blues Ain't Bad

John Renbourn teaches DADGAD "Sandwood down to Kyle"

Originally recorded on his "Ship of Fools" album, this song illustrates John's arranging approach where he combines three ideas: double stop harmonization on the center strings, melodic motion along the strings (instead of across), and the outer strings as pattern picked rhythmic drones. This synthesis of British Isles source material, American pattern picking, European harmony and North Indian chordophone technique is a distinctive feature of his guitar style.

Here is the original song he is teaching.

Plain Barre Chord in Open Tunings illustrated by Son House

The only fretted chords in this classic Son House bottleneck blues are barres with a 7th added on the high string.

G Major
C Major
D Major
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