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I I I I IV IV I I V IV I I Standard Blues Progression

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 12:24 am

(1-1-1-1-4-4-1-1-5-4-1-1)  Standard 12 bar Blues pattern with four bars of chord I at start then it heads to chord IV.  Examples below Blues in G (BB King), Shiny Moon (Teskey Brothers).  

My sample audio here with chords A A A A D D A A E D A E.  The 12th bar in this example turns around to chord V before repeating song. This helps break the long chord I segment.




B.B. King - Blues in G

This on’es in G, so G7, C7 and D7 chords can be used.  

Bars 1-12  use chords  :

| G| G | G |G |C |C |G |G |D |C |G |D|

1 -1 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 4 - 1 -1 -5 - 4 -1 - 5

Last bar has turnaround to chord V.


The Teskey Brothers - Shiny Moon

This on’es in E, so uses chords E7, A7, B7. 

Bars 1-12  Chords :

| E | E | E  | E  | A | A | E | E | B | A | E | E |

1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 4 - 4 - 1 - 1 - 5 - 4 - 1 - 1 

Other Examples of this Progression

Elvis Presley - GI Blues

Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode

Canned Heat - Goin' Up te Country