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The Secondary Blues Box: Pattern and Licks from the "Other" Popular Anchor Point

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The Secondary Blues Box: Pattern and Licks from the "Other" Popular Anchor Point
This shape shares some obvious fingering commonalities with the “B.B. box” and is based on an open A-type barre chord. It has both minor and major connotations.


Mike Bloomfield plays both minor and major 3rds, as well as the 6th, minor 7th, and the flat 5th, in this phrase over the I–V–IV–I chords and the turnaround of a 12-bar blues in A. His home base in this section is the minor pentatonic scale.

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Robben Ford stresses the flat 5th with bends and a trill figure in this characteristic phrase in D minor. Notice the shift down into the third position during the passage in measures 3 and 4—it’s a common extension of the secondary blues box.

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Blues Guitar Classics
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