Rock n' Roll Blues Riff

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Chords Used In Basic Blues

The chords used in the basic blues progression are based on note numbers found in the major scale. They are 7th chords built on the 1st, 4th & 5th notes of the scale. In other words, if you want to play the blues progression in the key of A, you would use the A7, D7 and E7 chords.

The Blues Progression

The blues is based on a 12-bar chord progression that in it's basic form uses the I7, IV7 and V7 chords. The basic progression is 4 bars of the I7 chord, 2 bars of the IV7 chord, 2 bars of V7, 1 bar of I7 and 1 bar of V7.

The last measure is known as the "turn-around." The "turn-around" sets you up to go back and repeat the chord progression. You do this as many times as you need to finish the song.Playing Patterns With The Left HandAs you practice this lesson, notice that there is a repeating pattern. If you'll study the 1st measure of the lesson you'll see the pattern there. The pattern can be seen by going back to the main lesson and clicking on HANDS. In that window you'll see and hear the pattern as it appears in the 1st measure (on the 5th and 4th strings.) It repeats later on the 4th/3rd strings and then again on the 6th/5th strings.

You should always look for recurring patterns in music. It'll help you learn in larger pieces and eventually you'll see patterns repeating themselves in many different songs.

Playing Select Strings With Your Pick

Hold your pick firmly (but don't squeeze the life out of it) and move your wrist or arm to supply the picking motion. This will give you a more aggressive stroke for this lesson which is what you want here.

You'll want to rest the heel of your right hand against the strings to give you a chunkier sound. This will also help you keep from sounding strings you might accidentally hit next to the ones you're playing.

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