FROM THE 3-CHORD BLUES TO THE JAZZ BLUES:


We are going to start with the Basic 3-Chord Blues, and by gradually adding a few more chords, will finally arrive at what is known as the Jazz Blues progression.




1. Basic 3-chord Blues:

| F7 | % | % | % |

| Bb7 | % | F7 | % |

| C7 | Bb7 | F7 | % ||

This is the simplest, most basic way to play the 12-bar Blues.







2. quick IV or quick change:

| F7 | Bb7 | F7 | % |

| Bb7 | % | F7 | % |

| C7 | Bb7 | F7 | (C7) ||

a common variation is to quickly go to the IV chord in measure 2 (then immediately back to I in measure 3) instead of staying on I for the first 4 measures.







3. adding ii-V7 on line 3:

| F7 | Bb7 | F7 | % |

| Bb7 | % | F7 | % |

| Gm7 | C7 | F7 | C7 ||

We have crossed the line here: with this ii-V7 we have now pretty much entered "Jazz Territory"!







4. adding the VI7:

| F7 | Bb7 | F7 | F7 |

| Bb7 | % | F7 | D7 |

| Gm7 | C7 | F7 | (C7) ||

The D7 sets up the Gm7 and functions as V7/ii







5. diminished chord(s):

| F7 | Bb7 (Bdim7) | F7 | F7 |

| Bb7 | Bdim7 | F7 | D7 |

| Gm7 | C7 | F7 | C7 ||

Bb7 and Bdim7 are essentially the same chord, but with a different root: they share the same 3rd (D) the same 5th (F) and the same 7th (Ab). We could also say that Bdim7 = Bb7(b9).

(Here's another article with more info on diminished chords)

Start by playing Bdim7 in measure 6, and then try adding it to measure 2.







6. more ii-V7s:

| F7 | Bb7 (Bdim7) | F7 | Cm7 F7 |

| Bb7 | Bdim7 | F7 | Am7(b5) D7 |

| Gm7 | C7 | Am7 D7 | Gm7 C7 ||

We simply added a few ii chords in front of some of the Dominants. Note that D7 (the VI7 chord) is now also found in measure 11.

The final turnaround could have just easily been:

| F7 D7 | Gm7 C7 ||

We have now arrived at the Jazz Blues. There are still many variations and substitutions possible (and maybe we will explore some of those in an upcoming article...) but this progression is what is commonly expected in a Jazz situation.

Now you know !









and finally, here are 2 chord studies (Basic 3-Chord Blues vs. Jazz Blues) illustrating some of the examples we just discussed:






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