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Caren will show you a made easy version of this classic Jimmy Reed 12 bar blues. in the key of A Major. If you've been studying the blues, you are likely familiar with the 12 bar song structure, if not, this is an opportunity to dig in to a genre that goes very deep while being based on variations on a simple harmonic theme.

This is a commonly seen 12 bar blues, we'll use 3 Dominant 7th chords for this song: A7, D7 and E7 (I IV V). The constant use of the dominant 7th is fundamental to the sound of blues. The same chords repeat one verse after another, as this song uses a vocal "hook" rather than a chorus. So, learn one pattern and you're good to go for the entire song! One of the great things about the blues is that such a basic formula can produce such a multicolored result. Every great blues artist had his or her own special sound or feel.

This is required material for just about any blues jam, and in this tutorial we’ll learn an easy acoustic guitar part to strum along with all those Dom 7th chords. The form for our song today is as follows:

INTRO 24 bars
VERSE
VERSE
SOLO
VERSE
VERSE
OUTRO

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Bright Lights, Big City

"Bright Lights, Big City" is in the kye of A major, in 4/4 time and at a tempo of 96 BPM.