Study of a 12 Bar Blues Progression
Posted 15 November 2011 - 04:23 PM
song. We're going to be using a 12 bar verse.
First, I'm sure all of us are familiar with the
traditonal blues 12 bar phrase pattern.
It can be thought of as 3 phrases, each 4 bars in
length. The first and second phrase often use the
same lyric with a variation of the melody. The 3rd
phrase sort of
winds up the melody.
Also note that each 4 bar phrase is 2 bars of melody, with bars 3 and 4 just chording.
I I I I
IV IV I I
V V I I
There are obviously countless progression variations for this.
Boy I really feel so bad today
Man, I mean I REALLY feel bad today
I feel so bad, I think I'll take 2 aspirins
Listen to Rober Johnson here. He adds a few bars
here and there. But the basic form is clear.
Here is a another 12 bar verse musical phrase pattern.
I I I I
IV IV I I
V V I I
An example form Garth Brooks:
Yeah she's my lady luck hey I'm her wild card man
Together we're buildin' up a real hot hand
We live out in the country, hey she's my little queen of the south
V V I
Yeah we're two of a kind, working on a full house
Note that the 1st 2 phrases are 2 bars in length and rhyme.
The 3rd and 4th phrases are 4 bars in length, with the first 2 bars of each phrase containing melody.
It's best just to listen to some songs to hear how
the phrase pattern works in a few songs.
Two of A Kind Working On A Full House - Garth
I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits
In The Summertime - Mungo Jerry
Sombody Like You - Kieth Urban
Just some examples of how some common
musical/lyric patterns are used in songwriting.
Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:20 PM
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Posted 08 April 2015 - 09:02 PM
Man I just love the blues. I remember when learning guitar, I just wanted to play the blues over and over, all night long. I started getting beat up by the guys though. I guess they didn't share my appreciation for it. Blues- the roots of rock, man...
I totally like that you're giving kudos and digging into the early masters also. They should not be forgotten. I think I like the blues so much because of the feeling and emotions. You can hear it in the VOX and in the guitars. Hat's off to you for going down this road man. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Posted 29 May 2016 - 01:28 AM
Posted 05 June 2016 - 11:52 AM
And the aspect from which I think I have personally most benefited is the nature of its harmonic evolution and development.
After sketching out the basic 12-bar skeleton (4 bars of the I chord, 2 bars of the IV chord, 2 bars of the I chord, 2 bars of the V chord, 2 bars of the I chord), Yukon said "There are obviously countless progression variations for this" but without any indication of what these progression variations might be. So the topic didn't really get very far at all.
Now, for me, there doesn't seem to be one single sniff of "obviousness" to the variations unless we have a firm grip on the lever of some theory.
And my own grasp of the theory lever was helped enormously by taking a good look at how those only hinted-at variations actually developed across the years.
Now we have a dedicated department, and a new technical facility for uploading images of charts and tables and sketches and such, if anyone is vaguely interested in knowing more about this blues stuff (and finding relief from the ploddingly repetitive musical boredom of 4 bars of the I chord, for example) I am willing to take a swing at sharing what I learned about these harmonic variations and how they come about.
Posted 06 June 2016 - 10:24 PM