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The 8-bar blues is another standard progression. The most well known song with this progression is probably Big Bill Broonzy's Key To The Highway. Other songs are Crow Jane and Sliding Delta.

The progression has two lines, with the following chord structure:

I V7 IV IV
I V7 I V7

8-bar blues in E

In E this will be:

E B7 A(7) A(7)
E B7 E B7

Note the use of Moveable D/D7 shape and Long A in the following arrangement of an 8-bar blues in E.

8-bar Blues in E


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The magazine Acoustic Guitar has put some lessons on the net. They are taken from books that they publish, and they do of course hope that you will like the lessons, want some more and buy the books. The lessons are complete, with tab, sound files etc. Among the lessons are one on Crow Jane, written bySteve James,based on Skip James' recording of the theme.

8-Bar Blues

Written by Dave Rubin

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