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Minor Blues - Lesson 1, Part 3

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Minor Blues - Lesson 1, Part 3

In this third group of minor blues progression, we use a major IV chord instead of the minor iv. This gives us the basic chords i - IV - V7. A Type 1 progression will be like this:

The major chord as a IV chord have the major 6th instead of the minor 6th of the basic scale (based on the root). As long as we use the minor pentatonic scale, it does not make too much of a difference, as this scale has no sixth in it. But going from a minor 6th to a major 6th is what distinguish a dorian scale from a natural minorscale. The major 6th hints on the dorian scale. But it is not a dorian progression. A strict dorian progression would have had i – IV – v.

ArtistTuneKeyCD (Main link goes to Amazon US, Amazon UK link in parenthesis)Source (Main link takes you to SheetmusicPlus)Comments
Jeff Healey BandConfidence ManC#mSee The Light (UK)The Bluesmen (from Musicroom)A John Hiatt tune. In bar 5, it goes F#-E-E#. There is no turnaround chord. The bridge moulates to the IV-key (F#-major).
Mel LondonCry For Me BabyAm Blue Heaven ( Amazon US )It is a 24 bar blues, with the structure of a 12-bar: Play two bars for each bar in the 12-bar structure.
Muddy WatersTrouble, No MoreGmHis Best: 1947 to 1955 (UK)
The Chess Box [BOX SET] (UK)
Blues Guitar LegendsIt does not follow an exact 12-bar blues form.
B.B. KingHelp The PoorDmKing of The Blues (UK)
Live at the Regal (UK)
King of The Blues (Amazon US / UK)It does not follow a 12-bar form, but it is built around the chords from this progression
B.B. KingChains & ThingsAmKing of The Blues (UK)King of The Blues (Amazon US / UK)  

And the Type 2 progression will be:

These are the backing tracks:

Backing Track - MinorBlues-5
A Basic Minor Blues progression Type 1: Major V7 chord, major VI chord, i chord in bar 2, V7 as turnaround chord. 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-6
A Basic Minor Blues progression Type 2: Major V7 chord, major VI chord, IV chord in bar 2, V7 as turnaround chord. 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
 

These are the basic forms of minor blues progressions. There are of course many variations, and I will come back to a few of them later. But you should learn these basic forms first. I have only written the basic minor triads. But you can extend them to m7 chords. Experiment!

I have written all examples in Am only, but you should practisethem in different keys. You should have not problem translating them into other keys. But to ensure that you have no excuses for not trying this in other keys, I will give you this table of chords for various minor keys:

 C-minorC#-minorD-minorE-minorF#-minorG-minorG#-minorA-minorB-minor
iCmC#mDmEmF#mGmG#mAmBm
ivFmF#mGmAmBmCmC#mDmEm
IVFF#GABCC#DE
vGmG#mAmBmC#mDmD#mEmF#m
V7G7G#7A7B7C#7D7D#7E7F#7

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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