Learn 12 Bar Blues!

“The Blues is the most important musical form in Jazz and Jazz-related music,” says Michael Furstner of Jazclas , a leader in music education.


It is on his site that you will learn:
* Blues Origin
* Twelve Bar Blues Form
* Basic Blues Harmony
* Blues Chord Voicings for Keyboard
Here I am playing the 12 Bar Blues with Walking Bass!
Don’t you just love my abrupt ending… lol

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C Blues scale and G Blues scale share similar notes:
C Blues scale: C-Eb-F-F#-G-Bb-C
G Blues scale: G-Bb-C-C#-D-F-G
Common notes: C-G-Bb
In the key of C major you can play the C blues scale over a C7, F7, G7
Now, the other notes in the G Blues scale: C#-D-F are "pretty good" tensions on the chords of the Blues.
The A Blues scale also works really nice. Those notes are: A-C-D-D#-E-G-A
This is a great video from LearnPiano123 demonstrating those r.h. Blues Scales in the Key of C. Plus, I learned this cool chord: G F/ B Eb Bb

A dominant 7th chord is made up of the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th degrees of the dominant 7th scale. (The dominant scale is the major scale with a lowered 7th.)
In reality, however, the four notes of a 7th chord are not all equally important. The 3rd and 7th are the most important because the basic types of 7th chords (dominant, major, minor, etc.) are distinguished by their 3rd and 7th notes alone. In other words, given only the root note, 3rd, and 7th, we can understand what type of 7th chord is being played.
The simplest blues is a 12-bar cycle of dominant 7th chords.
I IV7 I I7 IV7 IV7 I I V7 (IV7) I I
A simple jazz blues sequence usually changes to chord IV at bar 2 and back to chord I at bar 3
Early 12 bar jazz blues sequence (Typical of swing or jump blues)
C 7 F7 C 7 C7
F7 F7 C 7 C7
G7 F7 C 7 C7
C7 = E Bb
F7 = A Eb
G7 = B F
Here’s a Beginner Blues Course:

When you want to mix blues scales in I IV V chord progressions, the most common technique is to use the minor pentatonic scales in the 4th and 5th degree of the scale. So in C you would play the C blues scale, and then you have the option of using the F minor pentatonic or G minor pentatonic. It kind of gives a funky far out sound but can work pretty nicely if you smooth it out.
MusicGuru12 plays the 12 Bar Blues in every key!

Free Resources for Learning To Play The Blues:








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