Blues Basics

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Playing blues on the piano is a great way to learn soloing for other styles such as rock, jazz, funk, soul and neo soul. Because all these styles sprung from the blues, it also gives you a great foundation to understand their basic patterns. It’s fun, too! Here are some basics about the blues, that you should definitely know!

The 12 Bar Blues Progression

A basic blues progression consists of only three chords: the I, IV and V chord of any major key.

A simple twelve bar blues with one chord per bar looks like this:

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