Simple Forms of the Blues...how it works.

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Simple Forms of the Blues...how it works.
  • 12 Bar Blues Format using the key of C Major as an example



    This is the most basic format



    Measure 1 = the 1 chord =C



    Measure 2 = the 1 chord = C



    Measure 3 = the 1 chord = C



    Measure 4 = the 1 chord with a 7th= C7



    Measure 5 = the 4 chord = F



    Measure 6 = the 4 chord = F



    Measure 7 = the 1 chord =C



    Measure 8 = the 1 chord =C



    Measure 9 = the 5 chord= G



    Measure 10 = the 4 chord =F



    Measure 11 = the 1 chord=C



    Measure 12 = the 5 chord =G 7



    In the most traditional blues the only chords that are substituted
    are 9th chords.



    I measure 12 called the turnaround 7th, augmented,
    and #9 chords are common.



    The next most common form is what is called a “quick four”,
    and the only difference is that the 4 chord is in measure two instead of the 1
    chord.



    There are many many variations on this but this is the basic
    form for a 12 bar blues.


    Hope this translation is ok!!

    12 Format Bar Blues en utilisant la clé de do majeur comme un exemple

    C'est le format le plus élémentaire

    Mesure 1 = la corde 1 = C

    Mesure 2 = la corde 1 = C

    Mesure 3 = la corde 1 = C

    Mesure 4 = la corde 1 avec un 7ème = C7

    Mesure 5 = l'accord 4 = F

    Mesure n ° 6 = l'accord 4 = F

    Mesure 7 = la corde 1 = C

    Mesure 8 = la corde 1 = C

    Mesure 9 = la corde 5 = G

    Mesure 10 = l'accord 4 = F

    Mesure 11 = la corde 1 = C

    Mesure 12 = la corde 5 = G 7

    Dans les bleus les plus traditionnels des accords seulement qui sont substitués sont accords 9e.

    Je mesure 12 appelé le redressement 7, augmentée, et n ° 9 accords sont fréquents.

    La forme la plus courante est ce qu'on appelle un «quatre rapide", et la seule différence est que la corde 4 est en mesure deux au lieu de la corde 1.

    Il ya beaucoup beaucoup de variations sur cela, mais c'est la forme de base pendant 12 bar blues.

  • Allow me to expand on the subject by supplying the basic jazz blues form (in C):

    || C7      | F7       | C      | (Gm7  C7) |
    | F7       | F#dim  | C7      | A7            |
    | Dm7    | G7       | C7 A7 | Dm7  G7   ||

    this evolved harmonically during the be-bop period, 1945-1955 (by inserting a lot of II-V7-I and tritonesubstitutions) into this:

    || Cmaj7  | Bm7b5  E7 | Am7 D7 | Gm7  C7   |
    | F       | Fm7 Bb7    | Em7 A7  | Ebm7 Ab7 |
    | Dm7     | G7           | Cmaj7 Ebma7 | Abmaj7 Dbmaj7 ||
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