BM 102 - Variations of the Pattern


Ok! Well I hope you've done well at mastering the initial, 12 Bar Blues in A, pattern:) Now it's time to spice it up a bit by adding some variations to our initial pattern. These are a few example of the many variations you could come up with. I only represent the initial variation over the A5 chord. You will transpose the figure to the next two sets of strings you will get D5 and E5 chords as well. Watch the vids, it should all make sense:)


In these variations we will be adding and releasing various combinations of the 3rd and 4th (pinky) fingers to the basic rhythm pattern. These are known as the 6th and the 7th of each chord, respectively. It is very important to try not to raise 1st finger off when adding fingers 3 and 4 to the figures. The note 1st finger is fretting will be negated by the note 3rd or 4th finger frets. They are on the same string. Because we will be returning to the note 1st finger is fretting often, it is more economical to just leave 1st finger down the whole time.

A5 D5 E5 open chords adding the 6th and the 7th

 

12 Bar Blues - Basic Rhythm Guitar - variation 1
In this first variation we will add only one additional note to each chord creating the staple of blues guitar rhythms known as "the boogie".

12 Bar Blues - Basic Rhythm Guitar - variation 2
In this one we get pinky busy on the 5th fret within the figure.


12 Bar Blues - Basic Rhythm Guitar - variation 3
We add a little more motion with this one.


12 Bar Blues - Basic Rhythm Guitar - variation 4
In this one we include fretted notes on the lower string as well.

Again, there are many, many, many variations you can find of this basic open figure. These are but a few I know you will likely run into sooner than later.  


BM 103 - 12 Bar Blues - using Movable chords A5, D5 and E5