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12 Bar Blues Soloing

by Sinisa Cekic

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  • Hi GMCers ,

    and wellcome to my 12 bars blues lesson !

    To play a 12 bar blues progression in the Key of G, you would play 4 measures of "G", 2 measures of "C", 2 measures of "G", 1 measure of "D", 1 measure of "C", and either 2 measures of "G" or 1 measure of "G" and 1 measure of "D".

    The blues progression is called a "I IV V" progression.
    The numerals refer to the first, fourth, and 5th notes in a major scale (or KEY) .

    In this exercise chord progression is in G key - G(I) C(IV) D(V).

    I / I / I / I / IV / IV / I / I / V / IV / I / I or V/

    I have used the key of G, but naturally these would apply in all keys. It is hoped that presenting this example of blues progressions will help you to increase your general understanding of blues, and also encourage you to create your own progressions.

    Have fun !

    T.S. 4/4 , tempo 75bpm .

    G major pentatonic

    G minor pentatonic


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