Intro to 12 Bar Blues

by John Hatcher

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  • Hello GMC!

    In this lesson, I will walk you through the iconic 12 bar blues progression in the Key of E. You are going to learn the chords, rhythm and technique to play a sweet 12 bar blues rhythm part.


    - Introduction

    - Beat by Beat Lesson on Bars 1 - 4

    - The Shuffle Rhythm

    - Palm Muting

    - Staccato Playing

    - Examples of Bars 1 - 4 at Various Tempos

    - Locking in with the Metronome

    - How to Play Bars 5 - 8

    - How to Play Bars 9 - 12

    - Example Played at 80 bpm

    - Example Played at 90 bpm

    - Example Played at 100 bpm


    Any time you learn anything new on the guitar, it can be frustrating. The road to success on the guitar is paved with patience and determination. My biggest guitar tip is to stay focused with your practice and resist the urge to get ahead of yourself. Go slowly and perfect the part in front of you before moving on to more advanced material.

    Guitar phenom, Steve Vai said it best:

    "Play slow and perfect – that’s the way to becoming a virtuoso."

    If you push through the frustrating points and really focus on practicing, you will get better. So, don't get discouraged if things don't happen automatically. Remember, that even the guitar legends struggled with this same stuff when they were starting out.

    Stick with it, you can do it!

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