7 – Twelve Bar Blues

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ONE CHORD PROGRESSION YOU NEED TO KNOW – THE TWELVE BAR BLUES

WHY LEARN HOW TO PLAY A TWELVE BAR BLUES?

Apart from the fact that it sounds brilliant, you should learn how to play the twelve bar blues as it’s used in literally thousands of songs. From the birth of rock and roll, the blues has been used as the template for hits throughout the decades that follows. The blues is definitely something you want to learn inside out and in this lesson, Gary Clinton

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Lesson seven details playing a twelve bar Blues.

will take you through several important aspects of the progression.

Here is the good news, you only need to learn three chords to play the entire progression! With just these three chords, you’ll be able to perform hundreds of songs. Songs that are created using three chords and in many cases the these songs use the form of a blues are often referred to as a three chord trick.

WHAT ARE THE BACKING TRACKS ABOUT?

The backing tracks have been provided to help you actually have a (sort of) backing band to play with. Playing on your own is fine, however, actually having to play in time with drums and bass will really help you get the feel of the blues quicker. We have two examples of the same backing track, one played straight and the other with a swing feel. Gary will explain everything that you need to know in the video above.

Okay, rather than go on, you should actually watch the video and then start to play with the backing tracks. Look at the Power Chords lesson which you can apply directly to these backing tracks. You can also work with the Learning Guitar Riffs lesson. Finally, make sure you check out all our books from GMI at our Guitar Books For Sale.

 

BACKING TRACKS

In this play along you will be jamming to a straight rhythm feel.

In this play along you will be jamming to a swing rhythm feel.

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