12 Bar Blues

The open blues scale and 12 bar blues.

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First you need the open (GM) pentatonic (P) plus the blues notes(*) to add color, tension, what have you.
       I   II III  IV  V   VI VII
E-P-||-*-|---|-P-|---|-P-|-*-|-P-|
A-P-||-*-|-P-|---|---|-P-|---|---|
D-P-||---|-P-|-*-|---|-P-|---|---|
G-P-||---|-P-|-*-|-P-|---|---|---|
note that VII = Open 1 course above. * = Bb, F here Practice with and without * and you can lay down notes inside most anything in the key of GM. * + P works great with following, the 12 bar blues.
         G7  (I)           C7   (IV)          G7    (I)         G7   (I)  
E---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
       ^ . : . : . : .   ^ . : . : . : .   ^ . : . : . : .   ^ . : . : . : .

         C7  (IV)          C7   (IV)          G7     (I)        G7   (I)
E---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
       ^ . : . : . : .   ^ . : . : . : .   ^ . : . : . : .   ^ . : . : . : .

         D7  (V)         D7 or C7 (V, IV)     G7  (I)         D7    (V)
E---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G---||-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
       ^ . : . : . : .   ^ . : . : . : .   ^ . : . : . : .   ^ . : . : . : .
if you are ending, the last V, the turnaround chord, is no longer needed, so findish with some sort of I. You can see this goes to any key easily, just make all major chords 7-chords. In this tuning, here are the open chords.
G7 : 0021      C7 : 0210     D7 : 2032

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    firebreath07
    If you read this carefully it makes perfect sense... you just need a small amount of background in theory. But isn't G7 just 1st fret on the high e string and strum D string down?
    zepway
    ur not dumb lol .. the UG team cant even be arsed to do some decent ****ing lessons for their own collumn.
    iggy pop wrote: didn't make much sense to a dumbass like me
    MoshkI
    issa good article..i think it should be put in a more advance section...for advance players..i think... anyway..UG team is too lazy to tab it out..see the chords? lick them..then youll have your 12bar blues!!!
    Blake_is_rockin
    Me-"Wow i dont understand this!" Me-"hey P does this make any sense to you?" P-"UGHHHH. Nope." Me-"ARGGGGG!" YA that about how good it was.
    MissouriTiger
    Geez, if I had a music theory background, I wouldn't be looking for 12-bar blues lessons on the internet. Btw, Justin Sandercoe has an excellent 12-bar blues lesson on youtube. Peace. -GN
    hanoverfist86
    whats to understand? he gives you the tuning for an open blues scale, maps out the scale, and gives you a progression to play it over. its straight to the point and leaves it up to you to play as you like.
    noelswan
    i cannot even understand this S#*!, i have never seen anything that bad
    adm
    can you even play a 12bar blues? oh dear lord does th sh*t ever end?
    jetman_james
    there is nothing here! what am i looking at?!? this guy is crazy for thinking that this makes sense. lost!
    stpd1
    under normal circumstances, i would be proud to be the first to compliment your lesson, but it sucked way too bad
    les_player89
    hey wouldnt it be that you have to be jewish to read that. cuz its hebrew they read correct?
    The Uproar
    i was tryin too learn the 12 bar blues and ,well.....you've just confused me!!!
    sito
    Sorry. It doesn't make much sense to me. I have seen other 12 bar blues lessons that make much more sense. At least you tried! Maybe you can try again. Peace.