As we discussed in the previous podcast episode, the 12 bar blues has a very simple formula. This formula involves arranging musical degrees I, IV, and V of any key in a particular order. With that said, keep in mind that this arrangement can be to create different variations. The first example of this arrangement was the following:


 For this example in episode #64, we’ll be exchanging measure #2 from degree I to degree IV. This will be our first variation:


First, let’s take a look at the first example in the key of A:


Now, let’s take a look at the first variation of this 12 bar blues, still in the key of A:


Remember that we’re starting very simple, then building on these 12 bar blues progressions in order to create different variations. These variations exist so that blues songs differentiate from one another, as well as to keep our playing interesting.

Today’s Practice 

-Learn and memorize the 12 bar blues progression variation discussed on this episode.
-Be able to play this 12 bar blues variation at 100bpm.
-Use the free Ultimate Practice Pack to help you learn this progression fast.

Friday’s Lesson

-12 Bar Blues Progression in D – Variation #2


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Happy Practicing!