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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 5: 12 Bar Blues and It's Variations

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 5: 12 Bar Blues and It's Variations

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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    • 1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 5

    • 2. 12 Bar Blues and Variations

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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 5: 12 Bar Blues and It's Variations

This is the fifth class in the series. In this class we finally learn how to play a complete 12 bar blues and some variations such as 8 bar blues.


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 5: Have you ever wanted to take private lessons from the world's greatest professional guitarist? Yeah, me, too. How about settling for me instead? Consider this. I played guitar off and on now for the last several decades and still consider myself to be an advanced beginner. But that still makes me probably a better guitars than you. Another thing to consider. I seem to be a good teacher. I taught several friends how to play blues, rhythm and leave. Now I'm asking you to join the team, not because I'm a great guitarist. I'm far from it. Not because I've developed some revolutionary new teaching method, though I may have. You don't know not because I'm out to make a $1,000,000 though. Wouldn't that be cool? I'm asking you to join me because it will be fun for both of us. This'll course is unique and that I'm not a very good guitar player, So taking this course is more like sharing guitar tips with a buddy. It's less intimidating than spending lots of money and learning from a professional. So come on, let's play some blues guitar together. There are few things more rewarding on this planet than making music with. We'll begin with learning how to play open E and open a power courts. The core, the blues and rock and roll was in just one finger. Then we'll add that be accord using the second finger. And from there were off to the races. Power chords, open courts, bar courts, rock and roll rhythm and blues shuffle with it's all Here in guitar diagrams and talent. The course includes information on a how to play lead guitar and comes to a climax with the solo blues intro Shuffle, Turn Around and singing and lead Conclusion. By the end of this course, you'll know everything you need to play. Begin blues, rhythm and lead guitar or your money back. No, seriously, you Demi offers a 30 day, no questions asked. Money back guarantee on corgis is courses purchased, so there goes your risk. So if you ever wanted to learn how to play blues guitar way, not join me for a one buddy session while we learned together, I'll see you in the classroom. This has been Brian 2. 12 Bar Blues and Variations: Hello and welcome back to the course and get ready to play some 12 bar blues. Now, some of this lecture is going to be review, but much of it is gonna be new, and we're gonna pull it all together into what is the 12 bar blues, whatever its variations And how can you play it in interesting ways? So let's begin was showing the 12 bar blues in a different notation. So what this is showing you is that the slashes are actually where you're doing your thing . So it's one and two went three and four and one and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and so on. And you count. And that's so four of those is a measure and you're going done. I did. I did. I did. I finally, on the fifth measure, you changed to an a neo dada Dada Dada, Dada, Dada, Dada, Dada Dada for two measures and then you do the E for two measures. Then you come up to that Be that was missing for quite a while, died I did, I did, I did, I did, I did. I did. And I have done, and that's the song. So playing it what you're basically doing, remember an E. The easy way to play is just toggle between your first and third finger and strum the top two. You might want to put some palm muting on that, and you'll definitely want a shuffle strum. Next, you move to the A, which just means moving down a string toggling between the first and third. And then finally, here's the hard bar accord where your toggle ing between. What is that? The the fourth and the sixth with your, uh, with your one finger on the A string there to make a bar, and you just keep going back and forth so that another none Anna, right, until you make it through the full song, the 12 Bar Blues. So here it is your first exercise, and I've got an idea. Why don't we play it together? So let's go ahead and we'll play the 12 Bar Blues and e together. - I'm still having a hard time reaching that. Whatever the B chord up there high. So anyway, what about the 12 Bar Blues and G? We played that to rights all you're doing is your moving things up in your barring everything. So now we've been with the G and we go to the sea, and that missing cord would have been the D, which is sliding up two frets start down on the bottom two strings and then move up a string and then move up to frets and then down. And that's the pattern kind of little L shaped pattern. And if you play it once again, here's the cord. So you're making a bar here at G, then you're making it at sea and sliding it up to D and back down again and back down to the G. So that's your little L shaped pattern here that you're gonna be playing, and your exercise is to play this alternating shuffle and G using a new alternating rhythm shuffle way Go. That was a slightly messed up 12 bar blues and G using an alternating shuffle rhythm. So that was exercise to We played that together. Now one of the things you'll notice is that we played pretty much the same pattern. Just the beginning. Chord position changed and we switch from open courts to a bar chord. So there is another way to represent that. What you were playing was the first chord in the key, which is the root note. So when we were playing at you were playing an E as one, and then you were playing the four and the Five Accords of the Progression. So we went E a B. That's the first, the fourth and the fifth of the key of E. So this is the way that you'll sometimes see the blues as play the first, the fourth and the fifth in this particular pattern. In reality, one more modifications I want to make is that the blues sound better with seventh chords. So it hasn't mattered us doing our alternating strings just on two strings back and forth. But if you play the full chord, then it sounds better with seventh chords. And speaking of bar chords, here we are again, playing the 12 Bar blues with seventh bar chords. Well, actually, here's an open court. Remember the e shape that we have? Well, we're going to turn that into 1/7 by getting rid of the middle string, and this is what you would play as the first chord. Then you get this? A, which comes down here will drop the middle string again and make it a like that. And then finally the B you would drop the center string again on your bar And that's the way you would play the be So you get more of a bluesy sound Let me play for you the normal chords and then the the seventh sounds and chords and you'll hear how it sounds more bluesy So you heard how those seventh chords make everything sound blue Zier So use those instead of the major chord that we've been playing in the past. And your exercise, then, is to use seventh chords in the e shape. And you know what? I bet your next exercise is gonna be What about seventh chords and G? Well, there you go. You just make that same E with the missing center note pattern with a bar on G, and then you go up to the A. Shape the open a chord shape and you remove that center string, and then you shifted up to the D. And that is how you would play the bar chords sevenths in G. And that is your assignment. Now, I'm not gonna play that with you. In this case, you go ahead and play it. You probably already have interior a saddle line like the last one just up in the key of G . Here's some alternate cord choices for you. So as you're playing the blues, here's something to consider notice on the second measure. Rather than just playing the the first court of the route cord all the way through the 1st 4 measures, we jump to the fourth in the second measure. When we come down, so goes the okay, and then the rest is the same. But notice down here in the end, rather than sticking with the root cord all the way through the 12th measure, we only do it on the 11th and we jump up to the ah, fifth chord, which is what Typically, this is just a simple turn around a way to get back to the beginning. So you're going down. And I did. I did. I did. I did. I did. I did. I did. I did a dud. Duh duh duh Duh. Right. So you jump back up before you turn around. Let's go ahead and play this and let's do it with the sloppy cords you got that. You see how they get that turn around there at the end, and I like this myself because there's more chord changes. I think it's more interesting now. Then again, it also will probably tend to get more in the way of the person playing lead. Or you might have a bleed that you want to play and breaks, so you've got to decide where you want to put your chord changes. But those air some ideas for you to consider. Now your fifth exercise is to play using those alternate cords and e and do it in G to do it with the alternating notes in E and G. And why don't we slip in a sea there to really move up the neck and play the whole thing and see just to see if you can find it right? You gotta refer back to the last course and see that the values of these strings as you go up the neck here's another alternative. It's called eight Bar Blues, and here I have it with seventh chords. So I've got the strumming, the count. Let's go ahead and play this, - by the way, as your strumming. If you want to get that little that little rough scraping sound in between, you just raise your fingers off the frets and you get a muted sound. Once again, it's another way to mute strings. You don't have to use your ah, palm up near the bridge. So here's your assignment to go ahead and play that stuff that we just did in a bar Blues this time. So playing a variety of keys, a variety of patterns or rhythms in that key. And here's another one. This I like to call sloppy first to fourth. Ah, lot of times when I'm playing, I'll just kind of roll my third finger to the, uh, fourth cord. So I'll roll back and forth between the first and the fourth and just gonna go, Ah, right back and forth. And it sounds something like this, so I might use it in the songs. I mean, like this. Now, one of the things I did in playing that was that I used some turnarounds and some other effects. Another thing that I want to talk with you about is jumping back and forth between doing the rhythm pattern, the alternating notes and doing a shuffle chord rhythm so I can you can go back and forth between dirt and dirt and, uh, but, uh, right, it's only hit a chord. Instead of doing the shuffle on the next measure, give it a try. Play with this stuff. So what did we learn? This lecture? We learned how to play 12 bar blues and he had a plate in G and handed a substitute seventh chords. And then we played it using an E seven open and bar chords, and we used alternate cord. According to add some alternate toe, add some optional chord changes to the 12 bar blues. And then we played the eight Bar blues and we've got the sloppy roll from the Force to the fifth. And then we have alternating bar records with the alternating shuffle rhythm, Right? So try all of those things in a mix, and by the time you're done, you're gonna know 12 bar blues really well. And in the next lecture, we're gonna look at how to play at least one blues introduction, and we're gonna learn about tablature so that we can learn new introductions and cord forms more easily and remember them cause they're gonna be in the music. So that's coming up next. I'll see in that lecture.