Learn how to jazz up your blues guitar chords with this beginner Jazz Blues Guitar Lesson. You will learn how to add color to your chords and a few tricks for substituting in new chords.
Basic 12 Bar Blues Chord Progression
Check it out, here is the basic 12 Bar Blues:
A7 | D7 | A7 | A7
D7 | D7 | A7 | A7
E7 | E7 | A7 | A7
Play each chord for 4 beats.
Now, let the fun begin!
Video: Jazzing up Your Blues
In this video I will walk you through the possibilities for spicing up your plain 12 bar blues.
New Jazz Blues Chords To Add
- A7 = A9, A13, A7#11
D7 = D9, D13, D9#11
E7 = E9, E13
So you can swap out some plain old dominant 7 chords for more colourful dominant 7 chords that have a 9 or 13.
To learn more about this, I highly recommend this lesson where I cover many possibilities for dom7 chords.
Blues Chord Substitutes
In the video I add in some extra chords, below is the final example with all additions.
A13 | D9 D#dim7 | A13 | Em9 Eb9
D9 | D#dim7 | A13 | Bm7b5 F#7b9
Bm7 | E7 | A7 | E7 ||
Cool, right? If you want to try out some Charlie Parker style blues changes that would be:
Amaj7 | G#m7b5 C#7b9 | F#m7 B13 | Em7 A13
D7 | Dm7 G13 | Dbm7 Gb13 | Cm7 F7b9
Bm7 | E7 | A7 F#7b9 | Bm7 E7 ||
That’s it, leave a comment below with any cool changes you put in!