Ragtime Blues Guitar Chords - Turnaround In A Ragtime Tune For The Key Of C
A video replaces a 1000 phrases of explanation, but I'll quickly go
through the chords here (the video below should put the icing
on the cake.) You may just strum these chords before trying the picking
sample I perform for you later on.
After that we move on to F. Remember - if I'm solely plucking the
last 4 strings, then I won't bother fretting the others. This permits
for more pace and flexibility, but we want to ensure that our right
hand palm retains contact with the strings that are not fretted. If not,
these strings may vibrate and generate unpleasant discordant noises.
Next we use a cheeky little chord that usually figures in ragtime
progressions - Ab7. Here once more, the full chord includes the bass E
fretted on the second fret with the thumb. As I'm not plucking that
particular string with my picking hand, guess what? That's correct -
you're getting it now ...
The Complete Blues Chord Sequence
Practically there - not challenging at all is it? One more chord to complete the turnaround.
Immediately after the Ab7 chord we move back to the simple C chord
and then to G to finish off the sequence. The entire chord sequence is
as follows C-C7-F-Ab7-C-G , moving again to C once we start out singing
the following verse. These are typical ragtime guitar chords found in many songs of this genre.