1G 12-Bar Blues

This jam is a traditional I-IV-V 12-bar blues in the key of G and has many soloing options. Like many blues jams this one starts off on the V chord. This jam features a pinky embellishment on each chord adding the 6th to each chord. This is a very traditional blues rhythm device.

This is a variation on the 12-bar pattern that you may not be used to. It is a different 12-bar pattern than the most of the other 12-bar jams in this vault, but it is a common pattern used in the blues. So be careful when soloing over each chord independently on this track.

First you want to become familiar with the pattern or number of measures on each chord. I suggest playing the rhythm a few times until you feel comfortable with this 12-bar pattern.

What Relates to all the chords:

Since this is a major I-IV-V blues progression Minor Pentatonic & Blues will exude killer bluesy sounds and will often be the first choice for many blues players. Try G Minor Pentatonic & Blues over all the chords as those scales relate to all.

G Minor Pentatonic & Blues = G, Bb, C, Db, D, F

Try G Major Pentatonic over all the chords. Major Pentatonic will give you that sweet major bluesy sound. Remember that for most any major key jam you can use Major Pentatonic over all the chords. Major Pentatonic relates to all in this jam:

G Major Pentatonic = G, A, B, D, E

G Major Pentatonic is the same as E Minor Pentatonic. G major and E minor are relative major and minor. If you think more in terms of Minor Pentatonic or just know those shapes then play E Minor Pentatonic scales, but start on and emphasize the G notes and it will be G Major Pentatonic and have that sweet major happy sound.

By shifting those scales to the root, G, they take on that real major happy sweet sound as opposed to the darker, bluesy minor sound.
You may want that sweet major sound for this jam. Remember that it all comes down to the sounds, moods, and textures that you want to create with the music.

G Major Pentatonic – G, A, B, D, E

E Minor Pentatonic – E, G, A, B, D

(Same notes – just emphasize the root of the mode, G.)

Try G Dorian over all the chords. Because we know that both major pentatonic & minor pentatonic will work we then know that the Dorian mode will also work. Remember Dorian is considered more of a minor mode but works great over major key I-IV-V blues, swings, and shuffle progressions. The Dorian mode also sounds great over minor chords.

The Dorian Mode is a seven-note scale often used in blues, rock, and many other musical genres. Dorian is considered a minor mode and is always the 2nd mode in any major key. Because the rhythm of this jam is embellished with the 6th, Dorian again is a perfect choice as that is a key interval is in the mode:

Dorian Mode = 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, b7

Since Dorian is the second mode in any major key, to play G Dorian ask what major scales 2nd note is a G note. The answer is F. F Major has the same notes as G Dorian:

G Dorian = G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F

F Major = F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E

(Same notes – just emphasize the root of the mode, G.)

G Dorian is the same as F major, (G Dorian=F major). So play all your F major scales but start on and emphasize the G notes for that killer Dorian tonality.

Also try mixing G Minor Pentatonic & Blues, G Major Pentatonic, and G Dorian over all the chords. Notice the cool differences between the major versus the minor and also the five note pentatonics versus the seven note diatonic scale. Cool stuff!

Treat each chord like a separate event:

With this 12-bar pattern there is not as much time on each chord as the other 12-bar patterns in this vault. But there is enough time on each chord to quickly treat each chord as a separate event. Just time your changes over each chord and really listen to the rhythm to ensure you don’t get caught playing the wrong scale over the wrong chord.

Try moving Pentatonics over each chord. Over the G chord play G Minor Pentatonic & Blues or G Major Pentatonic. Over the C chord play C Minor Pentatonic & Blues or C Major Pentatonic. Over the D chord play D Minor Pentatonic & Blues or D Major Pentatonic

Try moving the Dorian mode over each chord. Because the rhythm of this jam is embellished with the 6th, Dorian again is a perfect choice for each chord as that is a key interval in the mode, (1,2,b3,4,5,6,b7). Play G Dorian, (=F major), over the G chord. Play C Dorian, (=Bb major), over the C chord. Play D Dorian, (=C major) over the D chord. Time your changes and experiment and see what sounds you like over the chord changes. Rock it out and enjoy!

 

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