The 12-Bar Blues (Guitar Lesson)


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Ian Argys

The 12-Bar Blues

In this lesson, Ian introduces the 12-bar blues and includes a few variations on the form. Ian's simple straightforward approach will have you playing the blues in no time!

Taught by Ian Argys in Rockabilly Blues with Ian Argys seriesLength: 11:46Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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popeye62popeye62 replied on August 17th, 2016

I don't quite understand how he is explaining the one string and then hitting two different strings. Am I missing something?

rogerfunkrogerfunk replied on May 15th, 2016

you seem to be hitting two difference strings

glowrocksglowrocks replied on December 1st, 2015

It is clear and helpful, and, there's the bonus that you really really have to pay attention as the chords are not marked or marked incorrectly in the supplemental material. Given this isn't a free site ...

eddiecurran1eddiecurran1 replied on March 29th, 2015

very clear and helpful. i will be spending lots of time on your lessons. can't wait for moe

Rockabilly Blues with Ian Argys

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Learn the building blocks of the Rockabilly genre with Ian Argys.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Ian introduces his Rockabilly series.

Length: 2:22 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

The 12-Bar Blues

In this lesson, Ian introduces the 12-bar blues and includes a few variations on the form. Ian's simple straightforward approach will have you playing the blues in no time!

Length: 11:46 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Major and Minor Triads

By the end of this lesson, Ian will have you playing over a fun, 12-bar blues form with major and minor triads.

Length: 38:01 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

7th Chords for Rockabilly

In this lesson, Ian shows open and movable 7th chord fingerings that are useful for playing nearly any song, rockabilly and otherwise.

Length: 14:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Pentatonic Scale Patterns: Part 1

In part one of his Pentatonic Scale Patterns lessons, Ian covers the first three (of five) patterns. Make sure you have these under your belt before moving on to the next lesson.

Length: 10:24 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Pentatonic Scale Patterns: Part 2

Continuing on with pentatonic scale patterns, Ian teaches patterns 4 and 5 and then shows what happens with the scale patterns after that.

Length: 15:07 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Pentatonic Scale Patterns: Part 3

In this lesson, Ian walks through how to shift and adjust the minor pentatonic scale patterns into major.

Length: 40:52 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Moody Swing

This lesson brings together the triads, progressions, scales, hammer-on's and pull-off's covered so far in a familiar sounding blues form we'll call the "Moody Swing".

Length: 12:41 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Charlie's Blues

In this lesson, Ian teaches a blues form in the style of Charlie Christian.

Length: 8:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Ian Argys View Full Biography Guitarist Ian Argys has been sharing his love of music with students of all ages for more than ten years. A graduate of the acclaimed University of North Texas Jazz program, Ian now serves as a lecturer in guitar at the University of Colorado at Denver. He has shared the stage with Lee Konitz, Larry Coryell, Isaac Slade, Michael League, Bobby Shew and other notable musicians.

Guitarist Ian Argys has been sharing his love of music with students of all ages for more than ten years. A graduate of the acclaimed University of North Texas Jazz program, Ian now serves as a lecturer in guitar at the University of Colorado at Denver. He has shared the stage with Lee Konitz, Larry Coryell, Isaac Slade, Michael League, Bobby Shew and other notable musicians.

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