[VIDEO LESSON] Understanding and Exploring the 12 Bar Blues Chord Progression on Guitar

This is an exciting guitar lesson by Nick Minnion on how to play the 12 Bar Blues or the traditional blues rhythm pattern or chord progression usually employed in the blues genre.

Here you will learn the regular pattern as well as slight variations of it and an interesting blues guitar technique known as the “Turn Around”.

Well, Nick teaches this lesson with the help of a simple “dead doggy blues” vocal line that he composed specifically for explaining 12 bar blues in a better way.

The 12 Bar Blues form the basic foundation of blues music and is a melodic chord progression that drives a blues song from start to end. This is the underlying chord progression that gives that “bluesy” feel to a blues number. Once you watch this video it will make much sense on what I am talking about.

In this lesson, Nick explains the 12 bar blues chord progression with the help of 3 Dominant 7th chords namely E7, A7 and B7.

Dominant 7th Chords

I will briefly explain how these chords are constructed. The Dominant 7th chords are derived from a Major Scale by applying the formula => 1-3-5-b7, which means you have to play the 1st, 3rd, 5th and Flatted 7th notes of a Major Scale together to get a Dominant 7th Chord.

Major Scale

Major Scale is derived from the formula W-W-H-W-W-W-H.

W => Whole Step or Whole Tone

H => Half Step or Semi-Tone

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