How to Play 12 Bar Blues for Absolute Super Beginner Guitar Lesson Blues Guitar Lessons


hey what’s up you guys Marty Schwartz here and I am happy to be giving you guys a lesson right now. we can consider this our absolute super beginner blues lesson step 1 so what I want to show you is the foundation chords of the blues that we then jump off on and play you know all these cool little blues things that you can do but this is the foundation lesson it’s three chords that’s it we’re going to go over them will zoom in I’ll show you the kind of structure you know and the chord shapes and then that’ll be a good starting point to go to the next video which is where I would show you some more of that kind of boogie in styles you know fancy music names all that.

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now this is going to be blues in the key of E and when you play the blues especially like a beginning 12 bar blues like what we’re going to do there’s three chords there’s the 1 chord the 4 chord and the 5 chord and you can actually stick your hand out and count up the alphabet to realize what the 1 4 5 is so if E is our 1 that’s our 1 chord e then the 4 chord would just be for up with E as the 1 right so e F G a so a I went for up so a is the 4 chord and then the 5 chord would just be 1 up from there and 1 letter up so B so he is the one F G a is the 4 and B is the 5 and we play them all as what are called dominant chords are dominant seven chords and you know eventually in the next video we’re going to learn blues like this but that still is implying the chords that I’m going to show you in this video so the one chord is an e7 chord hopefully you already know an E major chord which would be 2nd fret 2nd fret 1st fret but to make that an e7 chord or the like blues a5 version of an e you take your ring finger off and you play the hole good the hole the whole shebang so that is the e7 chord also known as the one chord of Blues in the key of E now we’re going to go to the four chord which if you remember I said was a so we’re going to learn an a7 chord and if you know a major which is 2nd fret 2nd fret 2nd fret if we take our middle finger off that’s the a7 chord I play a seven knowing I’m going to be playing a seven I play it with my middle finger on the second fret of the D and my ring finger on the second fret of the B but you can play it either way I like this fingering because it’s comfortable to do some tricks that revolve around it like the e blues scale or the land of a7 and so there’s a lot of reasons so you got the e sevens the one chord the forecourt is a seven and if you can play the a7 with the open a string as the first note in other words avoid the top ee it will sound better and then the final chord the b7 chord maybe a new chord for you if you’re a beginner but you really need it for the blues and it’s the middle finger on the second fret of the a index on the first of the D ring finger on the second of the G and if that’s hard for you start with that shape but then eventually we want to get our pinky on the second fret of the high e right there when you’re learning a new chord you can keep the shape and try and keep it as you take your hand off and then put it back on and make the adjustments you need and get the chord right and then do that again and that will help the muscle memory happen quicker it’ll help you get the chord down faster so we have three chords we have e seven and we have a seven and then we have b7 and those are the chords we need there’s going to be a thing in the blues called the turnaround that sounds like this and that’s a fun little thing that we can literally do with one finger let’s go back to the beginning of this blues now it’s called a 12 bar blues when you hear me count one two three four that was one bar so it’s called the twelve bar blues because the whole sequence is twelve counts of four and then it starts over again then twelve counts of four then it starts over again then 12 counts of four etc etc they tell two friends and they tell two friends until you finally ended the gosh-darn guitar player finally finished soloing and the songs over all right so now let me walk you through those twelve bars of four counts we’re going to start with that isse Evan chord one two three four so there’s going to be one bar of e7 then we go to the a7 one two three four so a bar of a7 then back to the e7 one two three four and then another bar one two three four and then we do that with the a7 two bars one two three four three four so that was two bars then back to e seven one two three four another bar 1 2 3 4 then B 7 1 2 3 4 2 a7 2 3 4 then the turnaround here we go again 1 2 3 4 a seven-to-three 4.87 for 2 bars 3 4 another bar 1 2 now eight seven four two bars two three four two three four now g—seven for two hours one for two three four b 7 4 1 bar 3 4 a 7 4 1 bar 1 and then the turnaround which we haven’t learned yet and then a7 again so we really want to you know something I’ve noticed with a lot of lessons that I’ve given over the years is just that b7 takes takes a little a little work a little programming but you will get it and I think it’s really good to keep that shape take it off keep it on so something that you noticed is it’s one bar of E seven one bar of a7 and then it doubles two bars of e7 2 bars of a7 right and then the when it finally gets to the b7 it’s one bar in the a7 one bar and then this thing called the turnaround so let’s play through that one more time and I’ll kind of talk us through it and then I’m going to teach you that turnaround which we can literally do with one finger and a b7 chord here we go eise Evan starts on and I’m going to count us off one two three four seventy one two three four a seven three four now double one two three four one two three four now a seven three four again eight seven two three four e seven one two three four again two three four be seven four one bar one two three four a seven one two three four then the turnaround then a p7 then the whole thing starts over again and then that goes on and on like a cycle or a circle until you decide to end it so now here’s the turnaround the turnaround starts with your index finger on the second fret of the a string and the whole turnaround is the strumming or you know the picking down on the low E open and the a string as it moves up and down so you do kind of want to aim for that top string there and let it dig in to the second string so it starts with these two strings and the finger on the second fret of the a and we go like this one and so from the b7 one and so you do one and with that then you slide your index finger up to the fifth fret so one and duh-duh-duh so fifth fret of the a the open D with it duh-duh-duh then a half step down so the fourth fret duh duh and another half step down duh duh duh then another half step down God then the b7 chord so here it is again 1 and duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh turn around so let me show you that turnaround again nice and slow so now what I want you to do is just you know practice along try and keep up with me and every time you’re strumming an e7 I’m gonna play the boogie riff underneath it the Blues boogie underneath it so if you’re going for that I’m going a seven ring out see seven ring out see that see seven ring out and so we’re gonna play together and then we’ll do the turnaround both the same way and just see if you can keep up with me feel the changes with those chords practice switching them see if you can do the turnaround with me if you don’t do the turnaround in time with me see if you can catch up back at the e7 chord again so now I’m really going to you know put the pressure on you to keep up with me here we go start with that isse Evan I’m going to play the boogie and by the way this boogie thing is whatever you’re going to learn in the next video so 1/2 e 7 you play d7 a7 d7 g7 a7 a7r 7 play this together B seven to a 7 and then the turn around seven back to the top d7 hey sub P 7 P sub good job now B seven turn around now see if you can do it without me say anything here we go one more time back to be seven cuz we’re gonna end it a sub I’m gonna do b7 again and then and on the a7 with the head dad and Bugatti – gugu p7e alright there was the lesson thanks for spending some time with me I really appreciate your support thank you for subscribing to this channel and also if there’s a lesson you’d like to see technique anything like this video and leave it in the comments below also check for the link at the end of this video for the next lesson to learn after this thanks again for the support and we’ll see you real soon

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