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Blues in Bb

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Bb7

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Eb7/9 F7/#9

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Bb7 B7

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Bb7

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Eb7/9

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Eo

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Bb7 A7

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Ab7 G7

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C-7/9

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F7/#9

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Bb7 G7/#9

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C7/13 F7/#9

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Listen to it!

Chord chart:

Bb7

--|---|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|-1-|-2-|---|---|--
--|---|-1-|---|---|---|--
X-|---|---|---|---|---|--
X-|---|---|---|---|---|--
^-- 6th fret

Eb7/9

--|---|---|-3-|---|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|---|--
--|---|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|---|-2-|---|---|--
X-|---|---|---|---|---|--
^-- 6th fret

F7/#9

X-|---|---|---|---|---|--
--|---|---|-4-|---|---|--
--|---|-3-|---|---|---|--
--|-2-|---|---|---|---|--
--|---|-1-|---|---|---|--
X-|---|---|---|---|---|--
^-- 8th fret

Eo

--|---|---|---|---|---|--
--|---|---|---|-4-|---|--
--|---|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|---|---|-3-|---|--
--|---|---|-2-|---|---|--
X-|---|---|---|---|---|--
^-- 7th fret

C-7/9

--|---|---|-3-|---|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|---|--
--|---|---|-2-|---|---|--
X-|---|---|---|---|---|--
^-- 3rd fret

C7/13

X-|---|---|---|---|---|--
--|---|---|---|-4-|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|---|--
--|---|-2-|---|---|---|--
X-|---|---|---|---|---|--
X-|---|-1-|---|---|---|--
^-- 8th fret

 

B7 : like Bb7 but played at the 7th fret
A7 : like Bb7 but played at the 5th fret
Ab7 : like Bb7 but played at 4th fret
G7 : like Bb7 but played at 3rd fret
G7/#9 : like F7/#9 but played at the 10th fret

Those are all chords, you need for playing this blues.

I want you to take a look at the chromatical down-movement in bar no. 7 and 8 (Bb7, A7, Ab7, G7). The fingering pattern is the same for all that chords, but you just move it down one fret each time. This is why I think the chords I have posted are so comfortable. You do it with all of them, you just have to know, where to locate the root of the chord.

 

Now some extra blues progressions (from simple to complicated - in F, because that's more common than Bb):

Listen to these MIDI-Files below:

Blues Progression #1
| F7 | F7 | F7 | F7 | Bb7 | Bb7 | F7 | F7 | C7 | C7 | F7 | F7 |

Blues Progression #2
| F7 | F7 | F7 | F7 | Bb7 | Bb7 | F7 | F7 | C7 | Bb7 | F7 | C7 |

Blues Progression #3
| F7 | Bb7 | F7 | F7 | Bb7 | Bb7 | F7 | F7 | G7 | C7 | F7 | C7 |

Blues Progression #4
| F7 | Bb7 | F7 | F7 | Bb7 | Bb7 | F7 | D7 | G7 | C7 | F7 | C7 |

Blues Progression #5
| F7 | Bb7 | F7 | F7 | Bb7 | Bb7 | F7 | D7 | G-7 | C7 | F7 | G-7 C7 |

Blues Progression #6
| F7 | Bb7 | F7 | F7 | Bb7 | Eb7 | F7 | D7 | Db7 | C7 | F7 | Db7 C7 |

Blues Progression #7
| F7 | Bb7 | F7 | C-7 F7 | Bb7 | Eb7 | F7 | A-7 D7 | G-7 | C7 | A-7 D7 | G-7 C7 |

Blues Progression #8
| F7 | Bb7 | F7 | C-7 F7 | Bb7 | Eb7 | A-7 | D7 | G-7 | C7 | A-7 D7 | G-7 C7 |

Blues Progression #9
| F7 | Bb7 | F7 | C-7 F7 | Bb7 | B-7 E7 | F7 E7 | Eb7 D7 | G-7 | C7 Bb7 | A-7 D7 | G-7 C7 |

Blues Progression #10
| Fmaj7 | E-7 A7 | D-7 G7 | C-7 F7 | Bb7 | Bo | A-7 D7 | Ab-7 Db7 | G-7 C7 | Db-7 Gb7 | F7 D7 | G-7 C7|

Blues Progression #11
| Fmaj7 | E-7 Eb-7 | D-7 Db-7 | C-7 B7 | Bbmaj7 | Bb-7 | A-7 | Ab-7 | G-7 | C-7 | A-7 Ab-7 | G-7 Gb |

Blues Progression #12
| Fmaj7 | Bbmaj7 | A-7 G-7 | Gb-7 B7 | Bbmaj7 | Bb-7 | A-7 | Ab-7 | G-7 | Gb7 | Fmaj7 Ab-7 | G-7 Gb |

Blues Progression #13
| Fmaj7 | Bbmaj7 | A-7 G-7 | Gb-7 B7 | Bbmaj7 | Bb-7 Eb7 | Abmaj7 | Ab-7 Db7 | Gbmaj7 | G-7 C7 | A-7 D7 | Db-7 Gb |

Blues Progression #14
| Fmaj7 | E-7 A7 | D-7 G7 | C-7 F7 | Bbmaj7 | Bb-7 Eb7 | Abmaj7 | Ab-7 Db7 | G-7 | C7 | A-7 D7 | G-7 C7 |

Blues Progression #15
| Fmaj7 | E-7 A7 | D-7 G7 | C-7 F7 | Bb- Bb-maj7 | Bb-7 Eb7 | Amaj7 | Ab-7 Db7 | Gbmaj7 | G-7 C7 | A-7 D7 | G-7 C7 |

Blues Progression #16
| Fmaj7 | E-7 A7 | D-7 G7 | Gb-7 B7 | Bbmaj7 | B-7 E7 | A-7 | Ab-7 Db7 | G-7 | C7 Bb7 | A-7 D7 | G-7 C7 |

Blues Progression #17
| F#-7 B7 | E-7 A7 | D-7 G7 | C-7 F7 | Bbmaj7 | Bb-7 Eb7 | Abmaj7 | Ab-7 Db7 | Gbmaj7 | G-7 C7 | A-7 D7 | G-7 C7 |

Blues Progression #18
| Fmaj7 | F#-7 B7 | Emaj7 Ebmaj7 | Dbmaj7 Bmaj7 | Bbmaj7 | B-7 E7 | Amaj7 | A-7 D7 | Gmaj7 | Gbmaj7 | Fmaj7 Abmaj7 | Gmaj7 Gb |

Of course you can transpose these progression to any other key you want. The above patterns are kinda simplified, you should also try out playing them with chords including options that are higher than a 7th.


Some of those progressions even just don't remind to a blues, butthey are! You'll notice that when you listen to them.


BTW: All midi files were generated with Band-in-a-Box... this is a program, you can type in the progessrion in "words", pick a style and play it or generate a midi file. A software that`s definately worth the money!!!

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