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Blues Guitar - Some variations of the 12-bar blues in E

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In the first lesson we looked at a very basic 12 bar blues structure in the key of E. But there are many variations of the form. You will often hear the IV chord in 2nd bar instead of the I chord. As long as we are in the key of E, the IV chord will be A. I label this progression 12-bar Blues Progression 2, just to give it a name. In the key of E, the this progression will be:

    12 bar blues Type 2 in E

In roman numbers, the progression will be written as follows:

Another variation is to play V7 chords in both bar 9 and 10. In E, the V7 chord is B7, and the progression will be:

  12 bar blues Type 1 in E - alternate 10 bar  

You can of course also play a IV-chord in bar 2, with this ending, which will give you this progression:

  12 bar blues Type 2 in E - alternate 10 bar  

More on the "Hoochie Coochie lick"

You may have wondered what I played when I came to the A-chord in bar 5, if you listened to the MP3. As you probably heard, I played the lick both as an intro before landing on the A, and at the end before returning to E. Over the A chord, I played a very simple little figure:


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