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Minor Blues, Lesson 1 - part 1

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You can subsitute all major chords in a 12-bar blues with the parallel minor chords, and voila: You get a minor blues. In the key A-minor, a 12-bar blues Type 1 would be like this:

I have not included a turnaround chord, which would be an Em7 if we should stick to minor chords througout the tune. But as there are no tritone in the m7 chord, it does not have the turnaround effect. It is the tritone in the V7 chord that calls for a resolution to the I chord, which has the turnaround effect.

Some examples of tunes played with this progression are:

Eric ClaptonAll Your Love (I Miss Loving)AmJohn Mayall and the Bluesbreaker (UK)The Bluesmen (from Musicroom)An Otis Rush tune. The middle (shuffle section) modulates to major, and then it modulates back to minor.
Otis RushAll Your Love (I Miss Loving)F#m

I have not written out any arrangements in this lesson, as it is the chord progression and not a particular playing style that is covered. Instead I have included backing tracks in various keys and styles. The minor pentatonic scale should be the basis for your soloing over these progressions.

If we write the similar progression as a Type 2 progression, it would be like this:

Here are some backing tracks to practise with.

Backing Track - MinorBlues-1
A Basic Minor Blues progression Type 1: Minor chords only, i chord in bar 2, no turnaround. Download all files in on zip-file
65 Very slow Cm C#m Dm Em F#m Gm G#m Am Bm
90 Slow Cm C#m Dm Em F#m Gm G#m Am Bm
120 Medium Cm C#m Dm Em F#m Gm G#m Am Bm
  

Backing Track - MinorBlues-2
A Basic Minor Blues progression Type 2: Minor chords only, iv chord in bar 2, no turnaround. Download all files in on zip-file
65 Very slow Cm C#m Dm Em F#m Gm G#m Am Bm
90 Slow Cm C#m Dm Em F#m Gm G#m Am Bm
120 Medium Cm C#m Dm Em F#m Gm G#m Am Bm
  

Minor Blues for Guitar - Vol. 1

Written by David Bloom

Discover highly melodic minor blues chord progressions and become fluent with them in three months with this popular book/CD pack.

Discover highly melodic minor blues chord progressions and become fluent with them in three months with this popular book/CD pack. Gives you the freedom to play minor blues differently every time and contains 21 melodic minor blues chord progressions. David Bloom is director of the nationally recognized Bloom School of Jazz in Chicago which he founded in 1975. A noted lecturer and writer, he also plays, composes, and arranges jazz guitar. Published by Bloom School of Jazz Publishing.

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