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Intro To 12 Bar Blues Improvisation

Anthony Ridi (2010) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6

The three chords in a basic 12 bar blues in A are A7, D7, and E7. This series of chords is also respectively known as(in roman numerals)a I7-IV7-V7 progression.

To many musicians, chords and scales are interrelated because from scales do we get chords. A chord can also be related to many different scales (even at the same time), depending on it's funtion in a chord progression. Don't worry too much about that, just know that each chord (A7,D7,& E7) in a basic twelve bar blues progression has it's own respective scale.

I suggest using the following chords as an alternative to the ones suggested in the groove sequence as we will be improvising between the fourth and ninth fret:


You can also use these versions:


It is important to be able to play these chords as you can incorporate them (or fragments of them)with your improvised melodies.
Intro To 12 Bar Blues Improvisation