Blues School: 12 Bar Major Blues Form & Harmony – Variation #7

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Seventh in the series of commonly-used Major 12 bar Blues variations… 

This variation substitutes a full turnaround based on secondary dominants V7/II-V7/V-V7 in the last two bars, creating lots of harmonic interest, more interesting bass lines, and strong harmonic drive back to the top of the next chorus…


Listen to Frank playing an example based on the form above (Hint: play along with the basic chords above so that you start to hear and internalize the changes)…








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