12-Bar Blues

This does not refer to an unsuccessful pub-crawl taking in twelve different drinking establishments!!

No, 12-bar blues, according to a leading article in The Times (1st March 2012), celebrates 100 years since the first one (Dallas Blues) was published in March 1912 and is a form of song structure that has underpinned blues and popular song even longer than that. And, as Muddy Waters sang, “The blues had a baby and they named the baby rock and roll.”

12-bar blues lies behind all of the music of the last and current centuries. I can remember teaching one gifted musician what is it all about and, immediately, he behaved as if I had shown him the promised land (which in a way, musically, I had).

If you want to know all about playing 12-bar blues, look no further than Thorogood Publishing’s Playing Popular Piano and Keyboards.

It gives you an easy to understand chord system of playing this exciting and fundamental form and presents an easy-to-follow way of playing popular piano and keyboard music.

Posted on 1st March 2012 by Neil Thomas • Permalink

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