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 utilize when you are searching for a blues sound on guitar; usually the printed music will give the chords of a song as major chords however if the tune carries a blues 'feel' the chords more than likely will be dominant seventh chords. blues progression

Consider 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 (before)

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

Within this next blues progression I'm featuring the dominant seventh which has a sharpened ninth. (one among 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 creates a lot of musical tension and so can be very useful for blues based material.

This time I'm only likely to use the C7#9 to create musical tension in bar five to introduce 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 using a sharpened eleventh?

This chord could 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 indicated that the fifth is a natural fifth because the +11 (sharp 11) you may also have thought of as a flattened fifth note.

Therefore 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 at first but as your ear becomes accustomed to the new harmonies I'm sure you can find them very useful for creating interesting musical backgrounds on your tunes. blues progression