Much has been written about blues music and while a complete history of the blues is well beyond the scope of this website, here are a few things I believe to be true about this music I love so much.
How This Lesson Works
In this lesson, we'll focus on a very simple type of blues, the twelve bar blues. Specifically, we will focus on the form, or the layout of the chords, the chord shapes themselves (7th, 9th, and 13th chords), the scales that can be used to improvise solos, and lastly, the techniques that can be used on the guitar to help capture the feel of the blues.
An example of the 12 Bar Blues Form in the key of A
Video demo of 12 bar blues chord progression
Chords that can be used in the form
Root note on the sixth string:
Root note on the fifth string:
An example of me playing blues in Ab Major