What is the Blues?

The Blues are at the heart of all American music.

Published: 15 Dec 2008 Updated: 12 Nov 2022Visits: 80Code: UL129

Topic: Blues Instruments: ukulele guitar ANY music banjo harmonica Subjects: Chords • Beginner • Intermediate • Blues • Advanced

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What is the Blues?

The Blues are at the heart of all American music. It has influenced Country, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Bluegrass and just about every form of American music we listen to today. The Blues - a chord progression, a scale, a feeling. This UkuleleLesson presents an introduction to the blues progression and a couple of scale position of the pentatonic scale to get you started improvising.

A common, basic blues progression is a I , IV , and V chords. Checkout a few video examples below.

What is the Blues?…

What is a Blues Progression?

The most common form of a blues chord progression is twelve measures in length containing three four measure sections using the primary chords of a key. The primary chords of a major or minor key are the I , IV , and V chords.

While other measure lengths are possible, such as eight and sixteen measures, the twelve measure form is the most common.

F Blues

A 12 bar blues in the key of F Major . Using F7 , Bb7 and >C7. The I IV and V chords in the key of F.

4-Part Chords —F Blues

These are the basic 4-Part a.k.a. Jazz chords that can get you through F Blues.

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