Get Full Access Today To Learn
12 Bar Blues Form
Plus 11,000 More Guitar Lessons.
|Product||Cost||Lessons||Instructors||Instructor Help||New Lessons||Return Policy|
|Guitar Tricks||$19.95||11,000+||45 Instructors||Yes||Yes, Weekly||60 Days|
|Guitar Dvd's||$30 - $60||20 - 30||1 Instructor||No Interaction||No||No|
|Guitar Books||$20 - $40||30 - 40||1 Instructor||No Interaction||No||No|
|Other Sites||$20 - $40||100 - 500||1-5 Instructor||Sometimes||Sometimes||3-7 Days|
|In-person||$40 - $80||1 Hour||1 Instructor||Yes||Yes||No|
12 Bar Blues Form is a system of 12 repeating "bars", also known as "measures", that use a group of 3 specific chords. Musicians use 12 Bar Blues Form as a common, standard frame of reference.
12 Bar Blues Form is most often in 4/4 time. We will start by using 4/4 time. This means that we will have 12 counts of four: "1, 2, 3, 4" repeated 12 times. The standard group of chord that are used to play 12 Bar Blues Form are chords built on the 1st, 4th and 5th notes of a scale. In music we use Roman Numerals to represent this: 1 is I, 2 is II, 3 is III, 4 is IV, 5 is V, etc.
Therefore, we use the I (one) chord, IV (four) chord, and V (five) chord from a specific key signature in a specific order. The basic pattern is this:
All this adds up to a system or "form" of 12 total bars, or measures, or "counts of 4". Then you can repeat the pattern until you decide to end the song. The important point here is that all the people playing together have a common frame of reference. All they have to do is to decide ahead of time to play 12 Bar Blues Form and everyone knows what to expect: when the chords will change, which chords to use, etc.
At this point the only other piece of information needed is which key will be used in order to know which specific chords will be used. Let's pick A major for the purpose of this tutorial and explore that in the next lesson.
I find it quite easy (so far!) to navigate, and found the "where do I start" to be very helpful! I'm getting there!!
I LOVE the forum, too. I've never been one to use forums, but the GT forum is full of great people and helpful information at ALL levels! Congrats on a WONDERFUL site!!Good job!