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Minor Blues Progressions
(i-iv-i-v-i)

The 12-bar minor blues progression is similar to a 12-bar traditional blues progression except that the minor tonality is used in place of the major. Below is an example of a proto typical progression in the key of Am followed by several common variations.

Am / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
Dm / / / / / / / Am / / / / / / /
Em / / / Dm / / / Am / / / / / / /

Variation #1

Am / / / Dm / / / Am / / / / / / /
Dm / / / / / / / Am / / / / / / /
Em / / / Dm / / / Am / / / / / / /

Variation #2

Am / / / Dm / / / Am / / / / / / /
Dm / / / / / / / Am / / / / / / /
E7 / / / / / / / Am / / / / / / /

Variation #3

Am / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
Dm / / / / / / / Am / / / / / / /
Bm7b5 / / / E7 / / / Am / / / / / / /

Variation #4

Am / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
Dm / / / / / / / Am / / / / / / /
F7 / / / E7 / / / Am / / / / / / /

Like the 12-bar major blues, the last two bars of a 12-bar minor blues progression is the turnaround. Below are several possible minor blues turnarounds.

| Am /      / / |     / /  / / ||

| Am /      / / | E7    /  / / ||

| Am /      / / | Bm7b5 / E7 / ||

| Am / F#m7b5 / | Bm7b5 / E7 / ||

| Am /      / / | F7    / E7 / ||

| Am / Am/G / / | F7    / E7 / ||

| Am / F#m7b5 / | F7    / E7 / ||

| Am Abm Gm Gbm | F7    / E7 / ||

| Am / Dm     / | Am    / E7 / ||

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

Lessons

12-Bar Minor Blues (VT Music Dictionary)
Comparative Minor Blues (Money Chords)
Minor Blues (Torvund)
Minor Key Turnarounds (jazzguitar.be)
Minor Progressions (Everything2)
Minor Blues (WholeNote)
Minor Blues Chord Progressions (Guitarology)
Minor Blues Chord Progressions (jazzguitar.be)

Song Examples

Minor Blues Chart

Minor Blues for Band-In-A-Box

Minor Blues Practice Loops (Jazz Practice Loops)


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