Learn Guitar Online - Play Blues Progressions on Guitar by Ear

Learn Guitar Online - Play Blues Progressions on Guitar by Ear



Dominant seventh chords will almost always be good substitute chords to work with when you are searching for a blues sound on guitar; usually the printed music can have the chords of your song as major chords adhere to what they the tune features a blues 'feel' the chords probably will be dominant seventh chords. blues chord progression

Let us take a look at a sample 12 bar blues progression written exclusively as major chords.

Progression #1:

C /// | F /// | C /// | C /// |

F /// | F /// | C /// | C /// |

G /// | G /// | C /// | G7/// || C (last time)

Now here is the same progression using dominant seventh chords:

Progression #2:

C7 /// | F7/// | C7/// | C7/// |

F7 /// | F7/// | C7/// | C7/// |

G7 /// | G7/// | C7/// | G7/// || C7 (last time)

Because there is so many methods to alter dominant seventh chords it could be a difficult choice to decide the best type of dominant seventh on your musical application.

Within this next blues progression I'm featuring the dominant seventh using a sharpened ninth. (one of Jimi Hendrix's favorite sounds).

Progression #3:

C7#9 /// | F7#9/// | C7#9/// | C7#9/// |

F7#9 /// | F7#9/// | C7#9/// | C7#9/// |

G7#9 /// | G7#9/// | C7#9/// | G7#9/// || C7#9 (before)

The dominant seventh which has a sharpened ninth produces a lot of musical tension and for that reason can be very useful for blues based material.

Now I'm only planning to use the C7#9 to create musical tension in bar five show them the 'F' chord.

Progression #4:

C7 /// | F7/// | C7/// | C7#9/// |

F7 /// | F7/// | C7/// | C7/// |

G7 /// | G7/// | C7/// | G7/// || C7 (before)

How about a dominant seventh having a sharpened eleventh?

This chord can be written as: C+11 or C#11

The C+11 would retain the following 1, 3, natural 5, b7,9,+11

I've specifically established that the fifth is a natural fifth because the +11 (sharp 11) is also thought of as a flattened fifth note.

Hence the notes in a C+11 chord would be: C,E,G,Bb,D & F#

C+11 = C,E,G,Bb,D,F#

F+11 = F,A,C,Eb,G,B

G+11 = G,B,D,F,A,C#

Progression #5:

C+11 /// | F+11/// | C+11/// | C+11/// |

F+11 /// | F+11/// | C+11/// | C+11/// |

G+11 /// | G+11/// | C+11/// | G+11/// || C+11 (before)

You may find some of these sounds usual initially but as your ear becomes familiar with the new harmonies I'm sure you will find them very useful for creating interesting musical backgrounds to your tunes. blues chord progression