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

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This commonly-used 12-bar Blues variation substitutes a full turnaround based on secondary dominants V7/II-V7/V-V7 in the last two bars…

Doing so creates lots of harmonic interest, more interesting bass lines, strong harmonic voice leading, and rhythmic momentum to the top of the next chorus…

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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 above…

learn more… Major Blues 12-Bar Form & Harmony, Variation #8