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Hot-Rod Your 12-Bar Blues Progressions with Passing Chords, Backcycling, and Tritone Substitution.

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Guitar Chord Progression:

Blues 12 Type1T - 12 Bar Blues - Type 1 - With turnaround - Blues

Other Blues progressions

You will frequently hear that a verse ends on the V7 chord, which is B7 in the key of E. The last line will then be:

V7 - / - / - / IV7 - / - / - / I - / - / - / I - V7 - / - /

To indicate that the progression has a turnaround, I add a T to the label. The Blues Progression 1 with turnaround will then be Blues progression 1T

12B1T - 12-bar Blues progression 1 with Turnaround chord For more information to 12-bar Blues Type 1T. Download all files as a zip-file
65 very slow C D Eb E F G A Bb
90 Slow C D Eb E F G A Bb
120 Medium C D Eb E F G A Bb

Note that you usually will play the V7 chord at the second beat in the last bar. This creates a turnaround. Listen to how the V7 chord function in that context: It creates some tension, giving the verse a restless end where you cannot stop. The tension is released when you are returning to the I chord, or the tonic chord as it also is called. We will look more at this V7-I relationship later. But be sure that you can identify the tension created by the 7th chord and how it is released by returning to the I chord. The music is coming home when it arrives at the I chord.

You will never end a blues song at the V7 chord. In the last verse, you have to stay at the I chord. You might also hear a I7 chord played at the end.

Recordings with the Blues 12 Type1T 12 Bar Blues - Type 1 - With turnaround progression - Annotaded

  • The Beatles - Flying -
  • Eric Clapton - Baby What's Wrong -
  • Eric Clapton - Further On Up The Road -
  • Eric Clapton - Hide Away -
  • Eric Clapton - Lonely Years -
  • Eric Clapton - Mean Old Frisco -
  • Robert Johnson - 32-20 Blues -
  • Robert Johnson - I Believe I'll Dust My Broom -
  • Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman Blues -
  • Robert Johnson - Phonograph Blues -
  • Robert Johnson - Stop Breakin' Down Blues -
  • Freddie King - Hide Away -
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan - Pride And Joy -

  • Books covering the progression -

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