How To Play A Minor Blues Progression On Guitar

by Simon Candy

 

Minor Blues Chord Progression Article PicIn this video lesson, you learn how to play a minor blues chord progression on guitar.

The minor blues is similar to the standard 12 bar blues progression but has slightly darker feel to it.

It can be intense, powerful, and emotionally charged.

You will hear the minor blues used by artists such as B.B. King, Pink Floyd, and Santana to name a few.

 

In this lesson, I break the minor blues down for you step by step and show you some common variations you will hear of the progression.

You also learn some simple but great sounding minor blues riffs and fills that you can add between the chord changes for a great groove.

Understanding and learning the minor blues will expand your musical palette, making you a better guitarist and is a tonne of fun to jam!

Watch the video below to learn more:

 

 

Minor Blues Progression 1

The following is the minor blues progression in its most basic form:

 

Minor Blues Chord Progression 1 

Minor Blues Progression 2

This version of the minor blues progression replaces the Em7 chord for an E dominant 7th chord giving it a stronger sound:

 

Minor Blues Chord Progression 2 

Minor Blues Progression 3

This version of the minor blues progression has an FMaj7 and E7#9 chord for a varied sound:

 

Minor Blues Chord Progression 3 

Minor Blues Riff: Am7

The following is an A minor blues riff that works over the Am7 chord in the progression:

 

Minor Blues Riff Am7

 

Minor Blues Riff: Dm7

The following is a D minor blues riff that works over the Dm7 chord in the progression:

 

Minor Blues Riff Dm7 

Minor Blues Riff Progression

Here is the minor blues progression with riffs included:

 

Minor Blues Riff Progression

 

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