Chord Progressions in Blues Guitar

It’s imperative for people to learn basic information and apply the same information to an array of musical situations in your guitar. This is one of those opportunities that is too good to miss. Getting to learn and understand blues chord progressions is one of the most important aspect while playing your guitar. You may have probably played some blue chord progressions without noticing. This is highly probable and almost next to impossible to miss or avoid.

Blue chord progressions are usually found in folk music, jazz, country, rock and any other type of music in between. Here are basic examples:

Basic Blue Chord Progressions

When it comes to blues, the most common style or format is twelve bar blues chord progression. You should keep in mind that there are four variations of this type of progression. The key here is to learn how to play all these progressions with all keys. You should also be able to recognize each of the progression by feel and also sound.
Here’s a good example;

12 bar blues chord progressions:

Blues 1

1 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// |
4 /// | 4 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// |
5 /// | 5 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// ||

Blues 2 
1 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// |
4 /// | 4 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// |
5 /// | 4 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// ||

Blues 3
1 /// | 4 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// |
4 /// | 4 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// |
5 /// | 5 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// ||

Blues 4 
1 /// | 4 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// |
4 /// | 4 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// |
5 /// | 4 /// | 1 /// | 1 /// ||

When you take a look at the first time, it will all seem complicated. The best thing to do is to break down everything you see into small bits and pieces. Have a look at Blues 3 and you will notice how they are the same with Blues 1 only that bar two is different.  Here is what it sounds like.

You will also note that Blue 4 apart from the second bar the same as Blues 2

The example provided presents each progression with numbers instead of chord names. This makes it easier to change or convert each progression into different music keys.
The basics of blue lessons include artists to understand the typical blues introduction. This is achieved by understanding the A key along with alternatives and variants. It’s imperative to note that harmony and melody precedes the blues groove.
If you are the type of newbie who knows and understands guitar tablature and know all basic guitar chords, you should be introduced to chords such as blues movable barre chords.
Learning blues guitar chord is simply learning how each chord interacts with the other. This means learners have to know and understand chords by sets or chord progressions. Continue training will help learners master and attune their listening to the guitar and the sound it produces.