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Play An 8 Bar Blues

Introduction

The 8-bar blues is a slightly modified version of the 12-bar blues.

Shortening the form to 8 bars creates a song structure that cycles through a bit faster. This gives the 8-bar blues a subtle up-pace feeling.

The Chord Progression

Materials to Use

  • Beginners: C minor pentatonic or C major pentatonic
  • Intermediate: C minor pentatonic and C major pentatonic
  • Advanced: Play different scales for each chord; precede the 3 of each scale with its ♭3, see here for more details.

C Pentatonic Minor

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c natural
g natural
d sharp, e flat
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
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f natural
c natural
g natural
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d sharp, e flat
a sharp, b flat
d sharp, e flat
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C Pentatonic Major

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d natural
a natural
e natural
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c natural
g natural
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e natural
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d natural
a natural
c natural
g natural
d natural
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Basic Chords

Backing Track

When you’re ready, improvise along with the track.

Exercises

  • Play the chords C7, F7, and G7 along with the track.
  • If you know any other versions of these chords, try those instead.
  • Play the C pentatonic major scale along with the track, in time.
  • Play the C pentatonic minor scale along with the track, in time.
  • Develop 2-3 short melodies using the scales. Each melody should consist of 5-10 notes. Play the melodies with the track.

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