When I learned my first blues progression it wasn’t something I really got excited about.
It was okay but it didn’t make me want to play it over and over again.
I would rather prefer cool or mind blowing. Later when I started adding a sprinkle of jazz to it things became more interesting.
Blues chord progressions start to change from mediocre to superb.
So why should you learn blues chord progression in the first place?
Well first off, blues chord progressions are the foundation of blues rhythm and essential for accompanying a great blues solo.
Or you could put it the other way around, where would a great lead guitar player be without some awesome accompaniment?
This is where you come in.
So now anytime you’re in front of a lead guitar player you are cool, confident and prepared because you’ve mastered these 3 juicy blues chord progressions.
Being able to play the blues is a great tool for guitar players and musicians in general to get together, jam, explore, evolve and have a great time.
I urge you to practice these chord progressions in every key through the cycle of fourths.
Experiment with playing different rhythms, different key signatures and tempos.
It’s important to learn all 3 chord progressions by heart.
You will develop a great skill you will use the rest of your musical life.
MAJOR BLUES PROGRESSION
/ A7 / A7 / D9 / D9 / A7 / A7 /
/ E9 / D9 / A7 A#dim7 / Bm7 E7#9 /
D9 = x5455x
A#dim7 = 6x565x
E7#9 = x7678x
MINOR BLUES PROGRESSION:
/ Gm7 / Cm7 / Gm7 / Gm7 G#dim7 / Cm7 / Cm7 / Gm7 / Gm7 /
/ Eb9 / D7#9 / Gm7 Cm7 / Gm7 D7#9 /
Gm7 = 3×3333
Cm7 = x3534x
G#dim7 = 4x343x
Eb9 = x6566x
D7#9 = x5456x
BlUES JAZZ PROGRESSION:
/ B7 / E9 / B7 / D#m7b5 / E9 / E9 /
/ B7 / D#m7b5 / C#m7 / F#9 / B7 / F#9 /
B7 = 7x787x
E9 = x7677x
D#m7b5 = x6767x
C#m7 = 9×9999
F#9 = x9899x
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