Typically built on a 12 bar progression, a blues may be built on a single note riff or on a chord progression, or perhaps a combination of the two. In this lesson, we will focus on basic chording techniques for the beginning blues rhythm guitarist.
The twelve-bar blues (or blues changes) is one of the most prominent chord progressions in popular music. The blues progression has a distinctive form in lyrics, phrase, chord structure, and duration. In its basic form, it is predominantly based on the I, IV, and V chords of a key. The blues …
Playing the 12 Bar Blues Chord Progression in All 12 Keys You can play the I, IV, and V chord in the 12 bar blues chord progression in all 12 keys. Below is a list of the I, IV, V chords of the 12 bar blues chord progression in all 12 keys.
While the most basic application of a turnaround is just playing a V chord in the last bar, to most guitarists, a turnaround presents an opportunity to play a riff or lick. The following figure shows the last four bars of a 12-bar blues with a turnaround bar added. You may see the V chord in the turnaround bar with parentheses around it.
The 12 bar blues is the most common blues chord progression. In it’s most basic form, it contains just the I, the IV and the V chords of the given key. It’s important to understand that the 12 bar blues is a cycle and it is repeated many times during a performance.
Chords in the 12 bar blues sequence. Blues breaks the rules of conventional jazz harmony and improvisation. The distinctive sound of blues chords is often created by the flattening of various notes (mainly the 3rd, 5th and 7th).
The standard 12-bar blues progression has three chords in it – the 1 chord, the 4 chord, and then the 5 chord. In the key of E blues, the 1 chord is an E, the 4 chord is an A, and the 5 chord is a B.
The 12 bar blues uses a set structure that lasts for—you guessed it—12 bars. There are 3 chords played within this 12 bar pattern and they are played at particular times. It is so important to understand the sequence of these chords as nearly all blues-based music out there will use this structure.
The 12 bar blues form consists of 12 bars or measures. It uses the I7, IV7, and V7 chords. Now that you know the difference between straight eighths and shuffle feel, let’s apply this to a simple 12 bar blues progression using power chords in the key of E. Progressions like this are commonly used in both blues and rock.
The C7-B7 sequence creates an interesting movement into the final Em chord. 12 Bar Blues in Em with a chromatic chord sequence. This is a variation of the previous 12 Bar structure, but with an expanded, chromatic sequence.
The 12-bar blues chord progression is the basis of thousands of songs, not only formally identified blues songs. The vast majority of boogie-woogie compositions are 12-bar blues…
12 Bar Blues Chords & Scales for Guitar The 12 bar blues is a 12 bar long chord progression that solo blues musicians can easily improvise over the top of because the chord progression …