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The Standard 12 Bar Blues
by John Falstrom
Here's the original "analyzation" of The Standard 12 Bar Blues Form:
The Standard 12 Bar Blues Form
* Twelve bars (measures) of music that are repeated throughout on entire song.
* Chords used are the I, IV, and V (either as basic major chords or as dominant 7th chords).
* Played in 4/4 time (i.e., four beats per measure; quarter note equals one beat).
Here is a chart example of a standard 12 bar blues form:
First three measures are the I chord.
Fourth measure is the I7 chord.
Fifth and sixth measures are the IV chord.
Seventh and eighth measures are the I chord.
Ninth measure is he V7 chord.
Tenth measure is the IV7 chord.
Eleventh and twelfth measures are the I chord.
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