Quick Change Blues

by Fabian Ratsak

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  • Hey and welcome to my new lesson!

    Here i want to show you a nice sounding and easy to play Quick Change Blues tune.

    Standard 12 bar blues

    "The basic 12-bar lyric framework of a blues composition is reflected by a standard harmonic progression of 12 bars in a 4/4 time signature. The blues chords associated to a twelve-bar blues are typically a set of three different chords played over a 12-bar scheme." - Wikipedia. In this tune the chords are A7, D7 and E7.

    Quick Change Blues

    The change in quick change blues happens in bar 2. This progression, so called because of the change from the I(A7) to the IV(D7) chord which happens so early in the progression, is identical to the traditional 12 bar blues progression with the exception of bar 2. In quick change blues, bar 2 is the IV(D7) chord instead of the I(A7) chord.

    Example Quick Change Blues songs:

    * Sweet Home Chicago – Robert Johnson

    * Before You Accuse Me – Bo Diddley

    * Boot Hill – Stevie Ray Vaughan


    A7 D7 A7
    / / //
    D7 A7
    // //
    E7 D7
    / /
    A7 E7
    / /

    This Lesson will work on:

    - Blues Form (Quick Change Blues)
    - Hammer-on technique
    - Finger Rolling technique
    - Basic blues rhythm

    Tuning: E A D G B E - Standard Tuning

    Tempo: 108bpm

    Fender Strat
    using the Neck and middle Pickup together

    Guitar Rig 4 and some rotary speaker effect.

    Thanks and good luck with this lesson!
    Cheers, Fabian Ratsak.



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