Bluesy Bass Walk

Bluesy Bass Walk

bluesbasswalks Now you’re about to learn a 12-bar blues pattern using a simple but great sounding blues walk. This is also known as a Bass Walk because of the use of low single notes that are often used in bass patterns.

Bars 1-4 of a 12-Bar Blues:
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The first 4 bars of a 12 bar blues are in the key of the I chord (E in this case).

Bars 5-8 of a 12-Bar Blues:
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Bars 5 and 6 are the IV chord (A in this case). Bars 7 and 8 are the I chord again (E).

Bars 9-12 of a 12-Bar Blues:
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The last 4 bars of a 12-bar blues are known as the Turnaround:

Bar 9 is the V chord (B), bar 10 is the IV chord (A), bar 11 is the I chord (E), bar 12 is the V chord (B).

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