16-Bar Blues Progressions

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16-Bar Blues Progressions
(I-IV-I-V-I)

The 16-bar blues progression is similar to the 12-bar traditional blues progression except the first four bars of I chord are doubled in length to eight bars. Below is an example of a proto typical progression in the key of C followed by several examples of common variations.

C7 / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
C7 / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
F7 / / / / / / / C7 / / / / / / /
G7 / / / F7 / / / C7 / / / / / / /

Example 1

| I         | I      | I        | I          |
| I         | I      | I        | I          |
| IV        | IV     | I        | I          |
| V         | V      | I        | I          |

Example 2

| I         | I      | I        | I          |
| I         | I      | I        | I          |
| IV        | IV     | I        | I          |
| V         | IV     | I        | I          |

Example 3

| I         | I      | I        | I          |
| I         | I      | I        | I          |
| IV        | IV     | I        | I          |
| ii        | IV     | I  IV    | I   V7     |

Example 4

| I         | I      | I        | I          |
| I         | I      | I        | I7         |
| IV        | #IVo   | I        | I          |
| ii        | IV     | I  IV    | I    V7    |

Example 5

| I7        | I7     | I7       | I7         |
| I7        | I7     | I7       | v7     I7  |
| IV7       | #IVo   | I7       | iii7b5 VI7 |
| ii7       | V7     | I7  IV7  | I7     V7  |

Example 6

| I7        | IV7    | I7       | v7     I7  |
| IV7       | #IVo   | I7       | iii7b5 VI7 |
| ii7       | V7     | I7  IV7  | I7     V7  |
| ii7       | V7     | I7  IV7  | I7     V7  |

Click below for the best in free 16-Bar Blues Progressions lessons available on the web as well as links to various examples.

Lessons

16-Bar Blues (Torvund)
16-Bar Blues (VT Music Dictionary)

Song Examples

Ballad Of John And Yoko Tab
Watermelon Man (SongTrellis)


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