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About This Lesson

The 12-bar blues progression is definitely universal stuff and it's something every guitar player should know not only know how to play, but also know how to expand. I mean, c’mon, it’s almost a guarantee if you step into a jam session just about anywhere on this planet and start to play a blues everyone in the room will jump in and join the jam. This style of music and its fundamental progression is driven by the guitar so more often than not it’s up to you to lead the session. One way to take jam sessions to the next level is to breath some new life into your blues progressions and that’s what this course is all about!

Welcome to Guitar Lab: Blues Progressions--a reference-palooza for the 12-bar and beyond! From dropping some tasty voice leading into a standard 12-bar to playing with the bar count to taking a completely different approach with fresh changes; this course will show you myriad blues progressions that will help make a good blues jam a great one. Here’s how it works: Each of the 23 segments is dedicated to a single blues progression. The progression will be presented in three phases (one chorus each) with the first featuring basic 7th chords of applicable types we’ll call “stock changes”. Next up the progression will get treated with extended chords that feature 9ths and 13ths among other options. Finally, the progression will get super-charged with more advanced ideas such as next-level voicings and voice leading, riff-based approaches and more! All the while the progressions will be played over a simple rhythm figure that will be notated in each of the accompanying charts, but most importantly the concept of voice leading will be at the center of it all.

The charts themselves will be cut and dry and right to the point, as they’ll list just the chords with pint-sized grids on top for quick reference and basic rhythm notation. Below the staves will be a glut of larger chord grids more clearly depicting each chord played in each of the three demonstration portions of the segment ensuring you don’t miss a beat, err, chord. Within the chord grids’ fingering dots will be the chord tone designations so you’re totally aware of the chord’s voicing setup. Take note: In this collection per each chorus the collection of grids will include all the chords played in the order they appear, but without repeats. If a chord of a specific voicing is played more than once it will only appear once in this collection at the juncture it was first played. You can find every chord in grid form above the chord names in the actual chart.

Be it known this is not a soloing course and they’re won’t be a single lick played... YET. Following Guitar Lab: Blues Progressions will be its companion course: Guitar Lab: Blues Soloing! In that course I will show you how to solo over every last one of these progressions, which includes all three phases making you armed and ready for some serious action!

*** A big thank you goes to bassist extraordinaire Steve Jenkins for laying down the stellar lines in every last jam track. Also big thanks to Chris Donlon for the endless amount of Beta Monkey drum loops. Because of these two guys your jam tracks rock! Finally, many thank you’s to Justin Dolezy from Neck Diagrams for making such a great program and providing incredible support!!