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12 bar blues

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Davidoc, Nov 12, 2001.

  1. what was the chord formula? I used to know but I forgot :)
  2. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Depends on what type of blues you want to play... real basic 3-chord or more of a jazz-blues.

    The real, mind-numbingly simple, 3-chord blues are as follows:

    root for 4 bars
    4th for 2 bars
    root for 2 bars
    5th for a bar
    4th for a bar
    root for 2 bars

    So, F blues in the above format would be:

    F7, F7, F7, F7, Bb7, Bb7, F7, F7, C7, Bb7, F7, F7

    A more jazz-type blues would be

    root for 1 bar
    4th for 1 bar
    root for 2 bars
    4th for 2 bars
    root for a bar
    6th for a bar
    2nd for a bar
    5th for a bar
    root 2 beats/6th 2 beats
    2nd 2 beats/5th 2 beats

    Blues in F again:

    F7, Bb7, F7, F7, Bb7, Bb7, F7, D7, G7, C7, F7|D7, G7|C7

    There are of course TONS of alternate chord choices you can make... this is an EXTREMELY generic guideline.
  3. thanks for the info! the first one was what I was thinking of.
  4. or you could try (my favorite) 1 3 5 6 7 6 5 3 1 then on bflat 1 3 5 6 7 6 5 3 1 then repeat on f then b flat 1 3 5 6 then on c 1 3 5 6;)