Lightnin' Hopkins

Twelve Bar Blues Lesson

The 12 bars is the structure upon which the blues is built. It provides the framework. We'll break it down and build each part up step by step. First, get the rhythm (or "feel") down.

Connect your voice to the instrument——hum the rhythm when you play.

play

Got it? Start listening for the the changes between the I, IV, and V chords. Listen for the turnaround – the progression of how it goes back to the I chord.

Lightnin’ Hopkins never played consistent 12 bar blues as he was so famously quoted "Lightnin’ change when Lightnin’ want to change."

Playing the blues starts with being able to hear it. Check out the jukebox for more 12 bar blues tunes.

Catch you on the flip side,
Uncle Mike
Mike
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