Finding and Playing the 1 4 5

Actually PLAYING the 1 4 5 –Anywhere on the neck:

[s3mm type=”video” files=”blues course/04 Actually playing 145 ANYWHERE on the neck INTRO-Wistia.mp4″ /]

Whirlwind intro to movable chords:

The value of understanding the 1 4 5, is that you can (conceptually) play in any key, anywhere on the neck. To put that into actual practice, though, you've got to understand the basics of movable chords.

[s3mm type=”video” files=”blues course/05 movable chords-Wistia.mp4″ /]

Summing up Movable Chords:

Any chord name can be played with multiple different fingerings/shapes Any shape can be moved up or down the neck, where the chord name changes (though the shape does not).

Finding the Four with the Magic of the Flop:

How about an AUTOMATIC way to find the 4 chord, no matter what the 1 chord is? That's the magic of the FLOP.

[s3mm type=”video” files=”blues course/06 finding the 4 with the magic flop-Wistia.mp4″ /]

Flip the Flop to Find the Five:

[s3mm type=”video” files=”blues course/05.5 flip the flop to find the five-Wistia.mp4″ /]


  1. Spend a little time to absorb this info. There's some deep magic here, but you've got to get it!
  2. Challenge yourself: choose a random 1, the find the related 4 and 5.
  3. For bonus points, can you name the chords?
  4. You can mark this page complete, and move on.

Next: the 12 bar blues. Let's use these techniques to actually make some music!