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blues | B B King | blues guitar


Guitar Lessons: Beginner

Eight Bar blues




I'm not the biggest bb king fan but he started talking about and playing on the 8 bar blues with a bridge. it sounded great and was wondering if you could tell me what the basic structure is for it?


Yeh, B.B is an interesting player.

A good place to start is with a tune called "Keys To The Highway" - B.B 
played this tune as a duet with Eric Clapton (it's a straight 8 bar blues 
without the bridge).

* bar blues structure*

1 5 4 4

1 5 1 5

The chords are usually dominant seventh, "Keys To The Highway" (structure as 
above) is in the Key of "A".

The bridge usually starts on the MAJOR thrid of original key e.g., Key of A 
= C# then moves around the cycle (four moves)

example of BRIDGE in "A"

C#(7) = 2 bars

F#(7) = 2 bars

B(7) = 2 bars

E (7) = 2 bars



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