12 Bar Blues

author: UG Team date: 07/31/2003 category: guitar styles

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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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