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Beginners  Guide  To 
Creating  Music


12  -  Bar  Blues


12 - Bar  Blues


Playing  The  Blues


Blues, the heart of Jazz & Early Rock, is based on repeating12 measure chord progression. 
Its intensity & immediacy comes from the pain of the Black Experience. Its Art came from the
permutation of music ideas through the ears & fingers of Blues Artists based upon traditions.

House of Blues online

Guitar Lesson World
Lesson 25: 12 Bar Blues Pt. 1  |  sound file examples  | 


26 articles on the Blues


The Blues  |  Understanding the 12-bar blues  |  chord progression illustrations

12-Bar Blues: What is it?  |  by Jim Burger  |  4 pages  |  What the Hell is I-IV-V?  |  How do I use the I-IV-V?  |  music files  | 
guitar tabs  | 

Coast to Coast Music
An Explanation of The Twelve Bar Blues by John Watts |  basic chord and measure structure

Bob Brozman
The Evolution of the 12 Bar Blues Progression  |  explains understanding blues by taking you through stages 


Olav Torvund
Chord progressions for guitar  |  harmonic variations of 12 bar blues  |  8, 16 and 24 bar blues 


Free piano lesson on the 12-Bar Blues  |  illustrations  |  blues scale  | 


Blues Bass Lessons at ActiveBass
Free Interactive Online Lessons


12 bar blues harp theory



A Brief History Of The Blues
by Robert M. Baker

Guitar Jam Tracks  |  links  | 


100 Ultimate Blues Riffs for Piano & Keyboards

12 Bar Blues


12 Bar Blues Bible
by Andrew D Gordon   |  Powell's Books  | 


12-Bar Blues Piano with CD (Audio) and Charts (Fast Forward) by Jack Long
Powell's Books


1001 Blues Licks: For All Treble Clef Instruments by Cherry Lane Music
PowellsBooks  |  1001 Blues Licks presents 1001 riffs in a variety of blues styles to be
played within the standard 12-bar format. This is the ideal book for beginners seeking a
well-organized, easy-to-follow encyclopedia of blues licks, as well as consummate
professionals who want to take their knowledge of the blues to new heights  | 


12-Bar Blues Riffs: 25 Classic Patterns Arranged for Guitar in Standard Notation
and Tab (Riff Notes)
 Powell's Books  |  This book/CD pack features 25 classic blues riffs arranged for beginning to intermediate guitarists, complete with a "riff history." Also includes great audio recommendations to help you further your blues knowledge and chops. The companion CD contains a demonstration of every example in the book.


100 Tips for Blues Guitar (Uk Edition) David Mead

100 Ultimate Blues Riffs for Piano/ Keyboards:
A Comprehensive Guide to Some of the Best Blues Riffs  Andrew D Gordon


2000 Blues Guitar
by Upper Room Books   |  PowellsBooks  | 


Acoustic Blues Guitar Essentials with CD

All the Blues Chords You'll Ever Need
Jack Long


All Music Guide To the Blues 2ND Edition
Michael Erlewine  |  PowellsBooks  | 

Beginner Blues for Piano - part 1 |  Improvising the blues on the piano is a lot easier
than you might think. This article introduces the basics  | 


Beginner Blues for Piano - part 1  |  part 2  |  part 3  |  part 4  | 

100 Ultimate Blues Riffs for Alto Sax Andrew Gordon


Blues Music  |   List Of Blues Genres  |  Kansas City blues   |  Rules of blues music  | 
St. Louis Blues  |  List of films based on blues music  |  All Music Guide to the Blues  | 
East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival  |  Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music 1970  | 
Inner City Blues: the Music of Marvin Gaye  |  Rhythm-and-Blues Music  |  Blues Music Awards  | 
Blues Music Award  |  Blues Foundation  |  Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival  |  16 bar blues  | 
Cincinnati Blues Festival  |  Blue Note  |  Swamp Blues  |  The Real Folk Blues  |  Blues Brothers  |
 Electric Blues  |  Texas Blues British Blues  |  Roomful of Blues  |  Music of Mississippi  | 
List of Grammy Hall of Fame Award recipients Q-Z  |  New Orleans rhythm and blues  | 
Blues School  |  NorthernBlues Music  |  Jump Blues  |  Classic Female Blues  |  Detroit Blues  |
 West Coast Blues - piano dominated  |  Acid Blues  |  Memphos Blues  |  Jazz Blues  | 
Soul Blues  |  Louisiana Blues  |  Lead Belly  |  Fischerman's Blues  | 

Wilbur's Music/Blues Page
Beginning Piano Players FAQ  |  Blues Technique versus Blues Repertoire  | 
Why can't I find sheet music for those great sounding blues songs  |  Instruction Books for
Blues Piano  |  Blues Piano..Tips and Practice Suggestions  |

Blues Piano Lessons Online
Learn the form of the 12 Bar blues, plus riffs and tricks that will teach you to spice it up
on the piano!  |  This excellent site offers software-driven lessons  |  Lots Of Fun!

The Blues . Piano Blues
PBS  |  Director — and piano player — Clint Eastwood (Play Misty for Me, Bird,
Unforgiven) explores his life-long passion for piano blues

12 bar blues piano progression using 7th chords

The basic principles of blues piano explained for the intermediate level

Piano Blues - The Piano and Blues Music

piano blues: Information from Answers.com
piano blues Piano blues refers to a variety of blues styles

Book / CD combinations

MusicMoz - Styles: Blues: Piano

Tim Richards
blues piano

Learn Jazz Piano

10 links

14 links

Yahoo! Directory Blues > Web Directories
5 links

Blues In Britain

Open Directory:  Blues

approx: 260 links

The Blue Highway
"The history of the blues is more than a musical chronology. The blues was born the day
the West African shoreline fell from the horizon. It was raised amid the institutionalized
savagery of the Deep South and flourished in the dark heart of America's largest cities.
We owe the blues to those who bore the pain of enslavement behind the frightful shadows
of our collective soul." |

Europe's leading English language Blues, R&B and Gospel magazine

UK Blues Websites

Blues MIDI
22 MIDI files |

Album Reviews

SFBF: Blues Links
Check out the Blues Foundation's website for information and links to blues organizations
and societies worldwide. Or you may choose to reach festivals

Blues lesson - primer
Blues lesson - primerPrimer | Blues Email Course | Blues Origin | Twelve bar Blues |
Form | Basic Blues harmony | | Blues in C | Blues chord voicings for keyboard | Triad Blues
Swapping 2s | Bb- and Eb- instruments | How to learn more about the Blues | Blues Quiz -
Quiz Answers | Downloading Bay |

Electric Blues Club
Musicians Online Resource   |

Blues: blues websites

Digital Daydreams
Blues History






Blues  @  Amazon

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Improvising Blues Piano
Mel Bay Play Jazz, Blues, & Rock Piano by Ear, Book One by Andy Ostwald
The Blues, Boogie and Barrelhouse Piano Workbook by Aaron Blumenfeld
Library Of Ragtime & Early Blues Piano ((the Library of....)) by Peter Pickow 
Beginning Blues Piano by Eric Kriss
12-BAR BLUES PIANO by Jack Long
Blues/Rock Piano (includes 6 CDs) by David Bennett Cohen
Jazz Blues: Jazz Piano Solos Series
New Orleans Piano Legends
Dr. John Teaches New Orleans Piano - Volume 3
Blues/Boogie Solos for Piano (Book/CD Set) by Paul T. Smith
Improvising Blues Piano by Martan Mann
David Bennett Cohen Teaches Blues Piano, Vol. 2
The Definitive Blues Collection 
Jazz, Blues, Boogie, & Swing for Piano
The Great Jazz Pianists: Speaking of Their Lives and Music (Da Capo Paperback) by Len Lyons
The Soul of Blues, Stride & Swing Piano: 23 Great Piano Solos 
Blues & Rag Piano Styles for Intermediate Skill Level by Bill Irwin
Introduction to the Blues: Keyboard Piano by Matt Dennis
Shades of Blue by Sarah Watts
How to Play Blues and Boogie Piano Styles by Aaron Blumenfield
Pianists Guide to Blues, Jazz, and Melodic Improvisations by Herb Drury 
Encyclopedia of Blues Chords
Solos for the Piano Player - Blue: Elementary: Easy Piano Solo
Blues - By You: The Direct Route to Piano Improvisation by Joel Simpson
Blues Piano: Hal Leonard Keyboard Style Series (Keyboard Instruction) by Mark Harrison
Jazz-Blues Piano: The Complete Guide with CD by Mark Harrison
David Bennett Cohen Teaches Blues Piano: A Hands-On Course in Traditional Blues Piano 
Best of Blues Piano by Todd Lowry 
Learn to Play Blues Piano: 10 Easy Lessons with CD (Audio) by Peter Gelling
Jazz, Blues, Boogie & Swing for Piano 
Blues Keyboard Method by Peter Gelling
Blues, Jazz and Rock Riffs For Keyboards: By William T. Eveleth 
Blues Riffs For Piano - Book/CD Pack by Ed Baker
All The Blues Chords You'll Ever Need! by Jack Long
The Blues (Paperback Songs) 
The Blues Singer - Some of America's Greatest Blues Songs
Touch of Blue (Composer Spotlight) 
Blues Concerto: Two Pianos, Four Hands by Eugenie Rocherolle
INTRO TO PLAYING BOOGIE, BLUES & JAZZ (Introduction to) by Denes Agay
Billie Holiday Anthology: "Lady Day" Had a Right to Sing the Blues
Jazz, Blues & Boogie-Woogie for Piano by John Brimhall
Basic Blues For Piano by Ron Payne
Portraits: Book 1, Jazz, Rock and Blues Piano Solos by Noah Baerman 
Portraits: Book 2, Jazz, Rock and Blues Piano Solos by Noah Baerman
Blue Interlude 
Music Minus One Piano: Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
The Blue Piano and Other Stories by Carol Montparker
Now You Can Play the Blues: Easy Piano 

DVD / Learn To Play Blues Piano #1
DVD-Learn To Play Blues Piano #2
DVD / Dr. John - Live at Montreux, 1995
DVD-The Blues/Rock Piano of Johnnie Johnson
DVD / Memphis Slim: Live at Ronnie Scott's
DVD / The Blues of Cousin Joe
VHS / Masters of the Country Blues
VHS / Play the Blues Piano Overnight W CD & Charts
VHS / New Orleans Swamp 
VHS / The Blues/Rock Piano of Johnnie Johnson: Sessions with a Keyboard Legend 
VHS / Blues Piano, Video 1-Beginning Blues Piano 
CD / Long Distance Voyager by The Moody Blues
CD / Mardi Gras in New Orleans by Various Artists
CD / N'Awlinz: Dis Dat or d'Udda by Dr. John 
CD / The Complete Early Recordings of Skip James by Skip James
DVD / Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues - Piano Blues
DVD / Count Basie Swinging at His Best
DVD / Willie Smith - Willie the Lion
DVD / Learn to Play Blues Piano: A Beginner's Guide to Improvisation, Vols 1, 2
DVD / Louisiana Blues Musical Documentary  |  Author: 
VHS / Blues Piano, Video 3-Expanding Your Technique
VHS / Masters of American Music - Count Basie - Swingin' the Blues - A Celebration of Basie's Legacy
VHS / Fats Domino: Live At the Universal Amphitheatre 
VHS / Blues Piano, Video 2-Learning Blues Piano
CD / The Very Best of Ray Charles The Very Best of Ray Charles
CD / Fats Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest Hits the Way You Originally Heard Them
CD / New Orleans Party Classics by Various Artists
CD / Anthology by Ray Charles
CD / Let the Good Times Roll: 20 of New Orleans' Finest R&B Classics 1949-1966





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