Expanding The Basic 12 Bar Blues

by John Hatcher

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    In this lesson I'll show you some cool ways to spice up your acoustic blues playing by taking you through a 12 Bar Blues Progression in E.

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    1 Introduction

    2 Bars 1 - 2 (100 bpm & 80 bpm)

    3 Explanation of Call and Response

    4 Bars 3 - 4 (100 bpm & 80 bpm)

    5 Explanation of Bars 3 - 4 w/ Hammer-on Instruction

    6 Explanation of Chromatics in Blues

    7 Bars 5 - 8 (100 bpm & 80 bpm)

    8 Instruction of Bars 5 - 8

    9 Bars 9 - 10 (100 bpm & 80 bpm)

    10 Introduction to 7th Chords (A7 & B7)

    11 Bars 11 - 12 (100 bpm & 80 bpm)

    12 Explanation of the Turnaround

    13 Summary

    Things to Keep in Mind

    If you aren't playing with a metronome, you should be! I can't say enough about developing your inner clock. So fire up a metronome while practicing and don't forget to tap your foot too!

    Most importantly, keep practicing! If you don't catch on as quickly as you'd like, be patient and persistent. Of course, if you're struggling and would like some help, post a question in this lesson's feedback section or in the forum and I'll gladly help you out.

    Good luck!

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