Blues With A Bridge

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Blues With A Bridge

Blues with a bridge refers to a song where a twelve-bar blues progression (used as the A section) and an eight-bar bridge progression (used as the B section) are combined to create an AABA-like song. Jazz examples include Unit 7 (Sam Jones), Locomotion (John Coltrane), Bikini (Dexter Gordon), and Scotch and Water (Joe Zawinul). A rock examples of a blues with a bridge include You Can't Do That (Beatles - 1964), The Word (Beatles - 1965), The Ballad Of John And Yoko (Beatles - 1969), I Can Help (Billy Swan - 1974), and I'm On Fire (Bruce Springsteen - 1985). The progression to You Can't Do That is shown below in the original key of G.

Verse

G7 / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
C7 / / / / / / / G7 / / / / / / /
D7 / / / C7 / / / G7 / / / D7 / / /

Bridge

B7 / / / Em / / / Am / Bm / G7 / / /
B7 / / / Em / / / Am / / / Bm / D7 / / /


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