This is the second in our blues series. We are taking a look at a common melodic structure used in many traditional 12 bar blues. Then we will apply this idea to a solo!
I have written a cheesy cliche blues song to apply all of our 12 bar blues concepts.
The 12 measures are broken up into three 4 bar phrases.
As you can see in the music below the first 4 bars are the initial "statement". The lyrics go "I woke up this morning, my baby left before the sun
The next 4 measures (bars 5-
re-state the first phrase - "I woke up this morning, my baby left before the sun
The last 4 measures are the resolution or "punchline" of the verse "If I don't find my baby, then my troubles just begun
You can find this structure in songs like "Sweet Home Chicago", "Texas Flood", "Crossroads", "Red House", "The Thrill is Gone" and many more. Its not the only way to play blues but it is VERY common.
For the solo I am taking this 3 phrase idea and breaking each phrase up into a "Question" and an "Answer" idea. One of my first lessons (Minor Pentatonic Scale Lesson 1
) worked on this idea and we are taking it a step further in this lesson.