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Dobro Lessons: 12 Bar Blues

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[MUSIC].
All right.
We're gonna take a minute and discuss the
basic blues form.
And what, it's referred to as the 12 bar
blues.
Now, that's not talking about how many
bars you go to before you can play
the blues,
it's more about how many measures you're
gonna play in the entire progression.
[MUSIC].
So, a lot of times, when you're playing
blues,
the feel is what's called a shuffle.
And what that sounds like, is this.
[MUSIC].
So just try that with me.
[MUSIC].
This is a basic blues shuffle.
I'm using my thumb [SOUND] to strum this
pattern.
And this is a good pattern to get
comfortable with.
[SOUND] That's the basic
feel of a blues shuffle.
So what you wanna add to that, is a few
chords that you change at the right time.
So, 12 bar blues is 12 measures long, and
it's gonna have the [SOUND] D chord.
[SOUND].
It's gonna have this G chord on the fifth
fret, [SOUND] and
this A chord on the seventh fret.
So I'm gonna demonstrate what this sounds
like, and
I think you're gonna recognize the sound.
Here we go.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC].
Now, we're going to the A,
down to the G, and back to D.
[MUSIC].
So that was the 12 bar blues.
So what you wanna do is just sorta, maybe
count that out and
just see when the chords change.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
Like that.
[MUSIC].
So a lot of times it will end with a
little turnaround just like that.
Back to the A chord.
And that signals the beginning of the form
once again.
So, that feel, you're gonna wanna really
try and absorb that.
You may wanna listen to that, play along
with it.
Even count it out if you like.
And just get to where you can play those
chords at the right time.
And if you could absorb that, you really
have
a lot of what you need to be playing over
a blues form.
That that blues form, where the chords
fall is really important.
So just take the time to sort of absorb
that, practice it, and
then you're gonna be really far ahead in
getting to play some blues on a lap steel.
[MUSIC]