There are many ways to play the blues. The most common is the standard 12-bar blues comprised of the I-IV-V chord. But there are a lot of other options at our finger tips to make the blues more interesting and fresh, and to give ourselves a greater blues vocabulary to work with on the piano. In this video, we will explore these options and provide you with a blues toolkit that will provide you with endless opportunities to explore the blues. We begin the video by laying down the foundation for a standard 12 bar blues in C. We expand this standard 12-bar blues by introducing single-note chromatic approaches using dominant chords from above and below the destination chord. We then add two-note approaches. This sounds easy enough, but to perform this you will need to master all the chords and all the chord inversions. We then take it a step further by introducing jazz chord changes comprising ii7-V7-I7 chords. And if that’s not enough to blow your mind, we introduce diminished approach chords in place of the dominant 7th chords. We end the lesson replacing a blues turn-around with a jazz turn-around. There’s a lot here. Have fun with it!
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