How to Play Blues Using Blues Chords

Play Blues Guitar Chords – Free Report Shows How to Play Blues Using Blues Chords and Scales

Free Report “How to Play Blues Using Blues Chords” Plus a Free Bonus Section “How to Play Blues Using the Blues Scale”.

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how to play blues using blues chordsFor a FREE copy of my Special Report “How to Play Blues Using Blues Chords” please just enter your name and email address in the details box and I’ll email you a copy straight away.

Here’s what you will learn when you download your free copy:

Blues Chord Progressions and Patterns. I’ll show you how blues is structured using a typical chord progression and pattern including….

The 12 Bar Blues. I’ll show you the blues chord progressions and patterns which make up a 12 bar blues Basic Blues Chords. 

 I’ll show you which chords in which key are used in a typical blues and 12 bar blues progression. 

The Chords Which Make Blues Sound Bluesy. I’ll show you one of the major chord variations which gives blues it’s distinctive sound.

How Blues Chords are Made. I’ll show you how to play these bluesy chords in two different keys, including the key which is arguably the key most often used by blues players.

And I’ll even give you an easy alternative, with ‘easy blues chord’ shapes which anyone can play but which always sound good.

PLUS BONUS SECTION – “How to Play Blues Using The Blues Scale

How to Play Blues Using Blues Chords also includes a bonus section “How To Play Blues Using The Blues Scale” in which I’ll show you:

How to Play The Minor Pentatonic Scale – I’ll show you the 5 different ‘shapes’ you’ll find on your guitar fretboard and how to play the blues using the Minor Pentatonic in any key.

When to play and improvise blues licks and solos using the blues Minor Pentatonic Scale.

What makes The Blues Scale different from the Minor Pentatonic – it’s only one note but it makes all the difference and will give your playing that authentic bluesy sound.

How to play and improvise blues solos and licks in any key using The Blues Scale – when you’re familiar with the shapes you’ll be able to play in any key quickly and easily.

The Major Pentatonic Scale  – The Minor Pentatonic is great for improvising licks and solos but sometimes you just want to add that little bit of something different. I’ll show you the Major Pentatonic Scale and how to play it – when you can play the Minor Pentatonic Scale then playing the Major will be easy as well….it’s the same shape! I’ll show you how you can easily find it on your fret board.

When to use the Major Pentatonic Scale – there are times during a blues progression when using the Major Pentatonic sounds good and times when it doesn’t. I’ll give you a tip on when to use it.

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How to Play Blues Using The Blues Scale

Pentatonic Blues Scale: Free Report Shows How to Use the Pentatonic Scale to Play Awesome Blues Guitar

To receive your FREE copy of “How to Play Blues Guitar Using The Blues Scale” including the BONUS Section “How to Play Blues Using Blues Chords” please enter your details below:
how to play blues using the blues scale For a FREE copy of my Special Report “How to Play Blues Using The Blues Scale” please just enter your name and email address in the details box and I’ll email you a copy straight away.

Here’s what you’ll learn when you download your FREE copy of “How to Play Blues Using The Blues Scale“:

How to Play The Minor Pentatonic Scale– I’ll show you the 5 different ‘shapes’ you’ll find on your guitar fretboard and how to play the blues using the Minor Pentatonic in any key.

When to play and improvise blues licks and solos using the blues Minor Pentatonic Scale.

What makes The Blues Scale different from the Minor Pentatonic – it’s only one note but it makes all the difference and will give your playing that authentic bluesy sound.

How to play and improvise blues solos and licks in any key using The Blues Scale – when you’re familiar with the shapes you’ll be able to play in any key quickly and easily.

The Major Pentatonic Scale  – The Minor Pentatonic is great for improvising licks and solos but sometimes you just want to add that little bit of something different. I’ll show you the Major Pentatonic Scale and how to play it – when you can play the Minor Pentatonic Scale then playing the Major will be easy as well….it’s the same shape! I’ll show you how you can easily find it on your fret board.

When to use the Major Pentatonic Scale  – there are times during a blues progression when using the Major Pentatonic sounds good and times when it doesn’t. I’ll give you a tip on when to use it.

PLUS BONUS SECTION – How to Play Blues Uisng The Blues Scale includes a bonus section – “How to Play Blues Using Blues Chords” in which I’ll show you:

Blues Chord Progressions and Patterns. I’ll show you how blues is structured using a typical chord progression and pattern including….

The 12 Bar Blues. I’ll show you the blues chord progressions and patterns which make up a 12 bar blues Basic Blues Chords. I’ll show you which chords in which key are used in a typical blues and 12 bar blues progression.

The Chords Which Make Blues Sound Bluesy. I’ll show you one of the major chord variations which gives blues it’s distinctive sound.

How Blues Chords are Made and Played. I’ll show you how to play these bluesy chords in two different keys, including the key which is arguably the key most often used by blues players.

And I’ll even give you an easy alternative, with ‘easy blues chord’ shapes which anyone can play but which always sound good To receive your FREE copy please enter your details below

What is a 16 bar blues?

Let’s start with the easy bit, what is a 12 bar blues? From here it’s easier to show the difference with a 16 bar blues.

Typically the 12 bar pattern is

1 1 1 1

4 4 1 1

5 4 1 1

If you are wondering what these numbers mean the simplest way to explain is to think of the 8 major tones in music  CDEFGABC, then number them 1234 and so on…the pattern shown relates to the number of bars played using those chords corresponding with those tones.

I’m probably not explaining it very well so let me show you. If we play an 12 bar blues in A, for example, we can number the chords as A1 B2 C3 D4 E5 F6 G7 A8. So now our 12 bar blues pattern comprises 4 bars of A, followed by 2 bars of D followed by 2 bars of A and so on which we can rewrite as

A A A A

D D A A

E D A A

The 16 bar blues is a variation on this pattern. Interestingly there seems to be numerous permutations and possibilities as to how a 16 bar blues pattern can be constructed.

The simplest is to make the first 4 bars into 8 bars like this

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

4 4 1 1 5 4 1 1

or we can repeat the 9th an 10th bars 3 times like this:

1 1 1 1 4 4 1 1

5 4 5 4 5 4 1 1

or we can repeat them twice like this:

1 1 1 1 4 4 1 1

5 4 5 4 1 1 1 1

or we can do this:

1 1 1 1 4 4 1 1

4 4 1 1 5 5 1 1

and there are more besides those.

Reminds me of something Robben Ford is meant to have said along the lines of ‘if it sounds good, play it!’

Here’s an example of what I think is a 16 bars blues, Blue Jean Blues by Billy Gibbons (of Z Z Top). I’ve got the ZZ Top version elsewhere but it’s a live version. I think the album version is more flattering to Billy and so I am going to include that here


 

What’s an 8 bar blues?

Not all blues is 12 bar blues!

Typically the 8 bar pattern is 1 5 4 4 1 5 then a turnaround of 1 5

If you are wondering what these numbers mean the simplest way to explain is to think of the 8 major tones in music  CDEFGABC, then number them 1234 and so on…the pattern shown relates to the number of bars played using those chords corresponding with those tones.

I’m probably not explaining it very well so let me show you. If we play an 8 bar blues in A, for example, we can number the chords as A1 B2 C3 D4 E5 F6 G7 A8. So now our 8 bar blues pattern comprises 1 bar of A, followed by 1 bar of E followed by 1 bar of D and so on which we can rewrite as

A E D D A E A E

Here’s a famous example of an 8 bar – Key to The Highway – originally written and recorded by ‘William Charles Segar although Eric Clapton has pretty well made it his own, having done numerous versions including with BB King on the collaboration album ‘Riding With The King’

see also ‘What is 16 bar blues?’

 

Singing the blues – at least singing your licks

A top tip my guitar teacher gave me is that top blues players can always ‘sing their licks’.

If you think about it, it makes sense. If you can’t hear in your head what you want to play  before you play it, what you’ll produce will be a bit random!

My teacher would literally hum the licks he wanted to play as he played them.

When I started doing the same I noticed two things.

First, at the start, I couldn’t remember my licks well enough to be able to hum them. This explained why I found it so hard to play them. I couldn’t even remember what they were meant to sound like so what chance did I have?

Second, once I actually started ‘learning’ how the licks go, and remembering them, I could ‘sing’ them and it made a massive difference to the ease of playing them.