20. The 12-Bar Blues

The blues is one of the oldest of all musical styles, and many of today’s most popular musical genres take their origins from it. As bass players, it’s a style that we will be called upon to play often, so it’s important to have a solid grounding in the basics. To that end, in this video course we’ll be focussing primarily on the 12-bar blues progression, a chord sequence that has formed the basis of countless blues, rock and roll and pop songs. We’ll also be learning more about the shuffle feel and of course, we’ll be learning to play some popular blues basslines.

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