2/2/2016 - Learn Guitar Online - Play Blues Progressions on Guitar by Ear
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Learn Guitar Online - Play Blues Progressions on Guitar by Ear

Dominant seventh chords will almost always be good substitute chords to use when you are searching for a blues sound on guitar; the printed music can have the chords of the song as major chords adhere to what they the tune features a blues 'feel' the chords most likely will be dominant seventh chords. blues progression

Consider a look at a sample 12 bar blues progression written exclusively as major chords.

Progression #1:

C /// | F /// | C /// | C /// |

F /// | F /// | C /// | C /// |

G /// | G /// | C /// | G7/// || C (last time)

Now here is the same progression using dominant seventh chords:

Progression #2:

C7 /// | F7/// | C7/// | C7/// |

F7 /// | F7/// | C7/// | C7/// |

G7 /// | G7/// | C7/// | G7/// || C7 (before)

Because there is so many solutions to alter dominant seventh chords it can be a difficult choice to decide the top type of dominant seventh to your musical application.

In this next blues progression I'm featuring the dominant seventh having a sharpened ninth. (certainly one of Jimi Hendrix's favorite sounds).

Progression #3:

C7#9 /// | F7#9/// | C7#9/// | C7#9/// |

F7#9 /// | F7#9/// | C7#9/// | C7#9/// |

G7#9 /// | G7#9/// | C7#9/// | G7#9/// || C7#9 (before)

The dominant seventh which has a sharpened ninth creates a lot of musical tension and so can be very useful for blues based material.

On this occasion I'm only likely to use the C7#9 to create musical tension in bar five introducing the 'F' chord.

Progression #4:

C7 /// | F7/// | C7/// | C7#9/// |

F7 /// | F7/// | C7/// | C7/// |

G7 /// | G7/// | C7/// | G7/// || C7 (before)

How about a dominant seventh with a sharpened eleventh?

This chord would be written as: C+11 or C#11

The C+11 would retain the following 1, 3, natural 5, b7,9,+11

I've specifically indicated that the fifth is a natural fifth since the +11 (sharp 11) may be thought of as a flattened fifth note.

And so the notes in a C+11 chord could be: C,E,G,Bb,D & F#

C+11 = C,E,G,Bb,D,F#

F+11 = F,A,C,Eb,G,B

G+11 = G,B,D,F,A,C#

Progression #5:

C+11 /// | F+11/// | C+11/// | C+11/// |

F+11 /// | F+11/// | C+11/// | C+11/// |

G+11 /// | G+11/// | C+11/// | G+11/// || C+11 (last time)

You may find some of these sounds usual to start with but as your ear becomes acquainted with the new harmonies I'm sure you will find them very useful for creating interesting musical backgrounds on your tunes. blues progression

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