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ricdoug
12-23-2008, 09:10 PM
I did not put this in the TAB section, as it is not
a copyrighted song, but a universal lesson on
the blues. I created the chart and everyone has
my permission to use it and the lesson for any/all
commercial/non commercial use. Ric

How to play the 12 Bar Blues...

I've found that at large group ukulele kanikapila
classes, the majority want the music broken
down into a graphical presentation. Many will
never learn tab or notation, but still have the ability
to learn when it's broken down to the visual. Print
this chart, for the visual. The lesson follows below
the chart:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/TwelveBarBlues.jpg

In the first row, the middle finger is placed on the
second fret of the G string. The index finger is
placed is placed on the first fret of the C string.
These two fingers remain in place for all four
chords in the first row. The ring finger is the only
moveable finger in all the chords. Strum the chord
twice, in a downward motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the second fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the third fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the second fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
This completes the 1ST Bar of the first row.
This bar of 4 chords is played 4 times.
-
-
In the second row, the index finger is placed on
the fifth fret of the E and A string, at the same
time. The middle finger is placed is placed on
the sixth fret of the C string. These two fingers
remain in place for all four chords in the second
row. The ring finger is the only moveable finger
in all the chords. Strum the chord twice, in a
downward motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the seventh fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the eighth fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the seventh fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
This completes the 1ST Bar of the second row.
This bar of 4 chords is played 2 times.
-
-
In the third row, the middle finger is placed on the
second fret of the G string. The index finger is
placed is placed on the first fret of the C string.
These two fingers remain in place for all four
chords in the first row. The ring finger is the only
moveable finger in all the chords. Strum the chord
twice, in a downward motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the second fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the third fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the second fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
This completes the 1ST Bar of the third row.
This bar of 4 chords is played 2 times.
-
-
In the fourth row, the index finger is placed on
the seventh fret of the E and A string, at the
same time. The middle finger is placed is placed
on the eighth fret of the C string. These two fingers
remain in place for all four chords in the second
row. The ring finger is the only moveable finger
in all the chords. Strum the chord twice, in a
downward motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the ninth fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the tenth fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the ninth fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
This completes the 1ST Bar of the fourth row.
This bar of 4 chords is played 1 times.
-
-
In the fifth row, the index finger is placed on
the fifth fret of the E and A string, at the same
time. The middle finger is placed is placed on
the sixth fret of the C string. These two fingers
remain in place for all four chords in the second
row. The ring finger is the only moveable finger
in all the chords. Strum the chord twice, in a
downward motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the seventh fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the eighth fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the seventh fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
This completes the 1ST Bar of the fifth row.
This bar of 4 chords is played 1 time.
-
-
In the sixth row, the middle finger is placed on the
second fret of the G string. The index finger is
placed is placed on the first fret of the C string.
These two fingers remain in place for all four
chords in the first row. The ring finger is the only
moveable finger in all the chords. Strum the chord
twice, in a downward motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the second fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the third fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
Keeping your middle finger and index in place,
place the ring finger on the second fret of the E
string. Strum the chord twice, in a downward
motion.
-
This completes the 1ST Bar of the sixth row.
This bar of 4 chords is played 1 time.
-
-
In the seventh row, the index finger is placed on
the seventh fret of the E and A string, at the
same time. The middle finger is placed is placed
on the eighth fret of the C string. Strum the
chord eight times, in a downward motion.
-
-
This completes the 12 bar blues progression. For
more verses, just start at the top and work your
way back down.

HoldinCoffee
12-23-2008, 10:08 PM
:bowdown:
WONDRUFFLE!!

THANK YOU!!!!!

ricdoug
12-23-2008, 11:18 PM
I picked up on this teaching method, after
seeing how well it worked when Fred Thompson
taught a large group to play Crazy G. Fred is
a ukuleleist who's starred in 5 movies and fed
his family by playing the ukulele. Fred's in his 70's.
Ric

redsedge
12-24-2008, 02:35 AM
Thanks Ric - works for me! (We must be on the same drugs ...)

freedive135
12-24-2008, 03:42 AM
Sweeet more stuff to learn!!!!!

Now I can be a bluesman,see ya at the crossroads!!!!:cool:

Plainsong
12-24-2008, 04:19 AM
Hey that's different than some of the 12 bar blues I've seen before. Thanks, I'll add it to my usual 12 bar blues in A for Christmas Day! :-)

ricdoug
12-25-2008, 01:15 PM
I just posted Fred Thompson's chart method for "Crazy G" in the TAB's section:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?p=80854#post80854

tHeDirTyJoHnSon
01-20-2009, 01:26 AM
Awesome stuff,, ezy learning format,,a twit like myself could even understand that,:o

Link
01-20-2009, 01:55 PM
I play it just like this. What is fun for me is to record this rhythm, then solo over it with the A minor pentatonic scales found in this thread:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4329

Remember to just use the Am scales because this is in the key of A. ;)

thejumpingflea
01-20-2009, 04:03 PM
Excellent lesson. Thanks much.

I usually play the blues in a more jazzy way. My favorite is the Key of E 12 bar Blues with the following chords:

E7 / A7 / E7 / E7 / A7 / A7 / E7 / C7 / F#m7 / B7 / E7 C7 / F#m7 B7 /

Link
01-20-2009, 04:06 PM
Excellent lesson. Thanks much.

I usually play the blues in a more jazzy way. My favorite is the Key of E 12 bar Blues with the following chords:

E7 / A7 / E7 / E7 / A7 / A7 / E7 / C7 / F#m7 / B7 / E7 C7 / F#m7 B7 /
Verrrry nice. You should make a blues video.

E is my favorite 12 bar blues key as well.

thejumpingflea
01-20-2009, 04:19 PM
Verrrry nice. You should make a blues video.

E is my favorite 12 bar blues key as well.

Hmm. Idea! I think I will make a blues video for the hell of it. I'll have one done by weeks end. Thanks man.

thejumpingflea
01-21-2009, 10:07 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEbAsBovuUk

Haha, I couldn't resist. It's sketchy, I only did one take for each part, but I love me the blues.

:D