A Blues Chords Lesson

The Blues are a classic genre of guitar music originating from the African-American community. The basis of the blues is formed from simple blues chords which are distinctive sounding dominant 7th’s. A blues or dominant 7th chord is simply a normal minor or major chord with a 7th note added, two frets below the root note. Learning the blues chords and progressions are great, because they are transferrable to many other guitar genres, such as rock, soul, R&B, funk and jazz.  https://bluessoulfunk.com/

A chord progression or a riff is a series of chords one after the other. In the case of the blues, these progressions usually follow a set pattern involving tonic, dominant and subdominant 7th chords. The most well-known and most used progression is the 12 Bar Blues, which only uses these three chords! The 12 Bar Blues pattern is as follows:

I7 – I7 – I7 – I7 – IV7 – IV7
I7 – I7- V7 – IV7 – I7 – V7

Chords are usually notated for this kind of purpose as above in relation to the key that you are in. So chord I is the tonic, in the key of A major it is the A major chord. Chord IV is built on the fourth note of the scale (in the case of A major, it is D major) and Chord V is built on the fifth note of the scale (in A major, that is E major). The progression above is very simple and can be transposed to any key you can play it in though I would recommend sticking to simple keys for the moment!

The 12 Bar Blues is the underlying chord structure of thousands of Blues songs. Once you have learned the chords and the chord progression, you could:

Play with a band.
Accompany a blues singer.
Jam with friends.
Play along with your favourite songs.
Once you have master the simple, open versions of the Blues chords you can make experiment with different fingerings and make them more complex and interesting. It can be a little boring playing the same old chords in the same old positions for the entire song. For example, once you learn barre chords, you can play the chords in a higher position, or add an extra note in (a 9th)! There are many things you can do to vary the chords and make a more interest sound while still working within that basic progression.

If you are ready to get serious about the guitar, take the next step and click through to my page http://www.squidoo.com/a-blues-chords to get started. On this page you will find a lot of helpful resources. I have included:

• Helpful and Free Beginner Instructional videos
• Answers to Other Beginner Guitar Questions You Might Have, and

 

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