Blues soloing part 1

Here is the basic blues chord progression in the key of G. The two scales in this post will work for the whole progression. The first option is to use the G minor pentatonic scale.  The chart below shows the five positions of the scale . The second is to use the G [...]
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Diatonic 7th Arpeggios

Arpeggios are the  notes of a chord played one after another rather than ringing out together. The great advantage of using arpeggios in your improvisations is that you can directly spell out the chord changes (and always sound good), or add more colour by superimposing an arpeggio over a different [...]
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The 12 bar blues structure phrase 2 (bars 5-8).

In our basic G blues progression, this was what phrase 2 (bars 5-8) looked like. Two bars of the IV7 chord C7, followed by two bars of G7. The first substitution is one we used in bar 2 of phrase 1, replacing the C7 with C#dim. Because diminished chords repeat [...]
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The 12 bar blues structure (phrase 1, bars 1-4)

This is the first in a series where I will analyse the 12 bar blues form and demonstrate how it can be transformed from a simple 3 chord progression to a more harmonically advanced structure. Expanding the form will introduce some chord substitution principles, as well as chord progressions that [...]
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