Blues School: Major Blues 12-Bar Form & Harmony, Variation #6

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This commonly-used 12-bar Blues variation inserts a secondary dominant A7 (V7/ii) in bar 8 to feed the Dm7 (ii7) in bar 9…

Such secondary dominants are a great way to add harmonic interest and to create a more sophisticated, jazzier sound…

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Play along and sing the roots of each chord out loud (Hint: C=Do, D=Re, F=Fa, G=So, A=La). Doing so is an extremely effective and efficient way to do ear training.

Frank playing a real-life example based on the form aboveā€¦

learn more… Major Blues 12-Bar Form & Harmony, Variation #7