• 12-Bar Blues Chord Pattern

    in Chords & Progressions

    You now know how to build:

    -minor thirds
    -major thirds
    -perfect fifths
    -major chords
    -minor chords
    -seventh chords

    I bet you never thought you’d be able to learn this much in a few days, huh?

    We will put some of these chords to work in this lesson! You will need:

    -The 300-pg workbook or…
    -To visit our website and view the free “Chord Series” lessons


    Log-in with the username “piano” and the password “piano”

    Note: Without the ( ” “) quotation marks

    Chords used in this progression: (you will need to know these chords)


    You already know how to build a C7 chord

    Use the same method to learn an F7 and G7 chord.

    REMEMBER: Major third + perfect fifth + minor third

    Here’s another way to figure out seventh chords

    1) Start from the root note of the chord you want to play. That is (F) or (G) …

    2) Add a major third (4 half steps)

    3) Then add a minor third (which is the same as a perfect fifth from the root)

    4) Then add another minor third

    Seventh Chord = major third + minor third + minor third


    Major third (combined with perfect fifth) + minor third


    I might as well just tell you what the F7 and G7 chords are (but do yourself a favor and learn the rest of them either by purchasing our course or by visiting our site).

    C7 = C + E + G + Bb

    F7 = F + A + C + Eb

    G7 = G + B + D + F


    A “chord progression” is a series of chords played one after the other.

    A “Blues chord progression” is usually 12 bars long.

    In this progression, a bar equals 4 beats. Clapping your hands 4 times (in a rhythmical beat) equals 1 bar. Thus, 12 bars equal 48 beats.

    Note: Each bar begins at 1 again. That is, “1-2-3-4” — “1-2-3-4” as opposed to “1-2-3-4 —- 5-6-7-8”

    How to read the e-mail blues chart below:

    1) The chord is listed first; the beat numbers are listed below the chord names.

    2) Play the chord for the given amount of beats listed (the bar # is also listed)

    For example,

    Bar 1

    This means that you will play a C7 chord for (4 beats).

    So… you will play a C7 Chord while counting to 4

    -The 300-pg course explains the blues chord progression in depth. It also covers several other blues, gospel, and jazz chord progressions.



    … for more information on the 300-pg course.


    bar 1

    bar 2

    bar 3

    bar 4

    bar 5

    bar 6

    bar 7

    bar 8

    bar 9

    bar 10

    bar 11

    bar 12

    Congratulations, you now know how to play the blues!!!!!!!

    Make sure you check out our 300-pg workbook! It will guide you into playing several other songs and chord progressions!

    Until tomorrow!

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