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Mel Bay Presents... How to Play Blues & Boogie
Mel Bay Presents How to Play Blues Boogie Author:Paul T. Smith The blues is the simplest form of American jazz. The basic chord structure is extremely simple and does not require any harmonic knowledge. The blues chord progressions have been the basic source of improvising for years, especially by the self-taught players who have not had nay training in harmony and harmonic changes. — The basic blues have on... more »ly 4 chords in a 12-bar phrase. Throughout the years the four chords have been enlarged upon so as to make the harmonic changes more interesting.
Throughout the book, I will give you a series of different chord changes based on the blues so that you won't have to be bored with the original 4 chords. Later we will deal with several boogie bass lines that are standard in playing this kind of music.
I will give you a few examples with just a lead-line and the chords (with chord symbols). The first few pages are the absolute simple, beginning bass lines and chords for playing basic blues. They are not necessarily traditional, but they are simple and to the point. As we progress, I'll give examples of more progressive blues progressions and a few funky figures that can be used to make your blues sound reasonably modernized.« less