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Download Printable Checkoff Sheet (PDF): Blues in C – Basic
*Checkpoints can be divided into daily, weekly or monthly lessons. Choose a speed that works for you.
Checkpoint 1 – Form and Basic Chords
You MUST learn the basic form if you are going to play the blues. There are 12 bars (measures) and they are common in more songs than you know.
Checkpoint 2 – The Key Blues Movement & The Left Hand
The right hand must get used to moving in certain ways in order to create the blues sound. You’ll also be able to use this as a nice Gospel sound as well.
Checkpoint 3 – The Blues Scale and Shape
Learn to see the blues scale as a shape and it will take you to a whole different level!
Checkpoint 4 – The Mixolydian Mode & Blues Endings
Don’t let the name scare you…the Mixolydian Mode is very powerful in the blues.