#1
Hey!

Okay, a while back, I played a semi-impro'd blues song with a guitarist called Peter Blegvad (hands up who's heard of him) and just today I was trying to remember it again, because a bunch of people that we wrote it with want to hear me play it again. And i'd quite like to give it a try.

Now, being out of contact with Peter, i'd like to try and work it out, and I've got the chord progression down. Almost. So i need your help to find the last chord.

I know this sounds stupid, but I though people with more guitar based theory than me would get it.

It's a basic 12-bar-blues pattern with these chords:
4 bars of Em
2 bars of Am, then 2 bars of Em
then 1 bar of 'X', 1 bar of Am and 2 bars of Em.

So, my quest is to find 'X', and i'm sure that some people here will work it out.
I've tried various things, and none have sounded right, so I thought I'd ask here.

Thanks in advance.
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#2
sounds like a B of some form, just from what i've seen i'd say its a I-IV-V, i play the same progression types at home all the time (alotta times though i sub out m7 and M7) if yer playing all M7 , its prolly a M7, same w/ m7
#3
Typically, in minor blues the bVI/bVIma7 will follow two bars of iv/ivmi7 and two bars of i/imi7 - so in your case, perhaps you could try C/Cma7.

Edit: The formula for minor blues typically goes like this.

| im7 | ivm7 | im7 | imi7 | ivm7 | ivm7 | im7 | im7 | bVImaj7 | V7#9 | im7 | V7#9 |


So, in Em.. your progression might look like..

| Em7 | Am7 | Em7 | Em7 | Am7 | Am7 | Em7 | Em7 | Cmaj7 | B7#9 | Em7 | B7#9 |


That might help you fill in some missing blanks, aswell - although you have so many other possibilites with substitutions, it's hard to pin-point one specific chord.
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#4
Awesome thanks guys!
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#6
Rofl@John's first reply

I'd just say it's Bm.
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#7
yeah i was wondering myself if he found the chord he was looking for, although i gotta say i think johns explanation was VERY theroetically sound, i think the poster was probably (i would like to emphasize probably) just playing standard I-IV-V as thats the most common progression in any kind of music and especially 12 bar blues, not that it couldn't have been the progression you listed (I-IV-VI-V basically) just not quite as likely as I-IV-V
#9
wow i never tried the Cmaj7--B7#9 thing, it sounds kickass, also if you use B7#9b13
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#10
Quote by Johnljones7443
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Most people that 'know' the probable answer here, just say 'Bm' while you tell the whole story around it and why etc. Made me laugh for a bit
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#11
I've decided it's a Bm.

Though B7 kinda works aswell, though isn't quite as flexible for the vocals as I'd like, so I'm thinking that B7 is just off the scale that the whole thing is set in.

Bm7 is also a fairly good one, I'll play around for a bit and then decide properly later.

Thanks again
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#12
Yes, B7 gives the whole piece (since it's Em-Am-B7 then) an Eharmonic minor scale/sound/feel.
Bm gives it a Em scale/sound/feel.

Just use what you like
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#13
I've decided I prefer B7 - it makes it brighter and less mucky than another minor chord.
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