Basic 12 Blues Bar Tutorial

(Marcol) #1

I started the course “Basic 12 Blues Bar Tutorial” (video 1 ) and with the left hand, I reach to play the chords , with the closed eyes , at a tempo of 110 .
A little question : C7 can be E Bb Db ?
I play the chords with C7 = E Bb Eb
Can I go the next video ( Jazz blues progression) ?


(Hayden Hill) #2

Hey Marc,

Yes both of those are nice voicings for C7:

  • C7b9 would be E(3) Bb(b7) Db(b9)

  • C7b9 would be E(3) Bb(b7) Eb(#9)

You could also play both of them with your thumb … Eb (#9) falling to Db (b9) and this is a nice way to add more movement into your left hand.

Check out this lesson for more information on chord alterations:

Yes you certainly can.

The Jazz Blues Progression is a little harder to learn.

Right now just learn the voicings by memory, if you don’t understand some of them, just let me know and I’m happy to explain for you.

The Jazz Blues Chord Progression (Rootless Voicings)

(Marcol) #3

Thank you very much hayden.
I understand almost all the voicings but I do not know how you choose your voicing.
For examples, I do not understand why

  • You choose F13 instead of F9 at the first measure
  • Measure 8 : Why D7(b9) and not D7sharp9 ?
    I do not understand why sometimes, the fifth of the chord is in the chord and sometimes, it disappears ( measure 4 : It is in the chord Cm9 and measure 10 (C9 : it is not in the chord).

I learn by memory all the chords but when I play, it is impossible to think that this tone is the 13th, Or the 9th.
I must take my time and think some seconds to find the sharp9 or the b9.

I send you a video where I play, with the closed eyes ,all the voicings ( with i Real pro : tempo = 100 Bpm ) . And now ,can I go now to the next video ?


(Hayden Hill) #4

F13 is a good place to start becuase it voice-leads very nicely down to Bb9 in bar 2.

The 3rd and b7th both fall by half a step, and the 13th falls by a full step to become the 9th of Bb9.

It fits in the hand very nicely and requires minimal movement between chords.

You can play both of these… experiment and see which one you like the sound of best!

The 5th does not add anything harmonically. It is an optional note that can be used if desired.

The most important notes of the voicing are the 3rd and 7th - these tones define the harmonic quality of the chord.

Yes we cover exercises for this in the Extended Course Practice Planner - check it out here: #2 - Chord Extensions Practice Planner

Yes you can go onto the next video :+1: :sunglasses:

(Marcol) #5

Hi Hayden
I saw the video on quarter notes soloing.

-Between each exercise, what is the tempo that I reach to go to the next exercise ? ( 100 bpm) ?

  • About quarter notes , we play the chords with root position.
    May be we can play the chords, starting by the third , and after starting by the fifth, and after starting by the seventh…What do you think of this idea ?


(Hayden Hill) #6

Always make sure you can play the exercise comfortably before increasing the tempo.

There is no ‘set tempo’ to reach before moving on but I would say that 100 - 120bpm is a good point to aim for.

Also understand that blues tunes can be played much faster than this so you can always revisit this exercise in future at faster tempos.

Start with root position to help you visualise the chord tones.

The next step is to visualise the b7s falling to 3rds and try to add this half step movement into the exercise.

For example, when the chord changes from F7 to Bb7, try to bring out that falling voice in your lines - the b7 of F7 (Eb) falling to the 3rd of Bb7 (D)

Of course we also have this voice leading in the 251s too, so try to visualise these moving voices and play them in your right hand.

Have fun experimenting with that stuff Marc! :sunglasses: