How to Play The 12-Bar Blues
What’s the foundation of pop/jazz music? The Blues! And a standard form of the blues dates back to the early 20th Century. It’s called the 12-Bar Blues. If you want to play jazz and popular music and start to improvise and embellish, learning about the blues is the place to start. It only takes knowing three chords to play on the left hand and a simple rift on the right hand.
The video will teach you in the key of F, which means, the three chords are F7, Bb7 and C7. Don’t worry, the video will explain how to make those chords as well. Once you get those three chords down, you have to play them in the proper order which is listed below:
The slashes indicate new measures. Again, don’t worry if this sounds complicated, it’s actually extremely simple when it’s broken down. Practice these chords and you’ll have it down in no time. Now watch this video and start playing the coolest music there is!