Watch the SECTION 6: 12-Bar Blues Expanded online guitar lesson by Susan Mazer from Hands On Guitar: Beyond Beginner

The 12-bar blues is probably the most played progression in contemporary music. This is likely because the blues itself is a melting pot of southern field hollers and work songs, church/gospel music, classical music, traditional African influence, and elements from many other cultures. This form is 12 measures long, contains three chords, and uses the same basic repeated pattern. In these lessons I’ll show you a few different ways to play the 12-bar blues and give you the tools to play it in any key.