Blues Basics

piano blog

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!

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:

I      I      I      I      IV     IV     I      I     V     IV     I     V

If you take the key of F for example, the I chord is F major, the IV chord Bb major, and the V chord C major. The chords of the twelve bar blues are:

 [...]  read more