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Comparative Major Blues Progressions

Below is a comparative listing of common twelve-bar blues progressions. The chart shows
traditional (first twelve examples), quick change (the next seven examples), and backcycled (the last
example) blues progressions. All progressions were transposed to the key of E to more easily see
commonalities and variations. In case you are not familiar with Blue River, it was a song I wrote
five years ago trying to use as many chord substitutions as possible in a twelve-bar blues progression.
I play the song in a steady 4/4 tempo with a jazz (not blues) feeling. Try playing a quick change
blues song like Call It Stormy Monday over a minor blues progression or a minor blues tune such
as The Thrill Is Gone over a traditional major blues progression.

Bar:
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Johnny B. Goode; Mabellene; School Days; No Particular Place To Go
E EEEAA EEBBEE
In The Mood
E EEEAA EEB7B7E-A6C7-B7
Oh Boy; Shake Rattle And Roll; Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
E EEEAA EEB7AEE
Hound Dog; Honey Don't; Be Bop A Lula; Jail House Rock
E EEEA7A7 EEB7A7EE
Rock Around The Clock; Blue Suede Shoes
E EEEA9A9 EEB9B9EE
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
E EEE7AA EEB7A7EE
Tutti Fruiti; Mean Woman Blues
E EEE7A7A7 EEB7A7EE
Rock And Roll Music; One After 909
E7 E7E7E7A7A7 E7E7B7B7E7E7
Can't Buy Me Love
E7 E7E7E7A7A7 E7E7B7A7A7E7
What'd I Say; Boys; Money; Mustang Sally; Wooley Bully
E7 E7E7E7A7A7 E7E7B7A7E7B7
I Got You (I Feel Good)
E7 E7E7E7A7A7 E7E7B7A7E9E9
She's About A Mover
E7 E7E7E7A7A7 E7E7B7-A#7A7E7E7
Crossroads; Never Been To Spain
E AEEAA EEBAEE
Your Mama Don't Dance; Ramblin' On My Mind
E A7EEA7A7 EEB7A7EE
Sweet Home Chicago
E A7EEA7A7 E7E7B7A7E7B7
Roll Over Beethovan
E7 A7E7E7A7A7 E7E7B7B7E7E7
Honky Tonk; Before You Accuse Me; The Sky Is Crying
E7 A7E7E7A7A7 E7E7B7A7E7B7
Route 66
E A9EEA9A9 EEF#m7B9E-GoF#m7-
B7
Call It Stormy Monday
E7 A7E7-F7E7A7A7 E-
F#m7
G#m7-
G7
F#m7C9E7-A7E7-
B+
Blue River
EM7 D#m7b5-
G#7b9
C#m7-
F#13
Bm7-
E13
AM7Am7-
D9
GM7Gm7-
C9
F#m7F#m11-
F7b5
E13-
C#7#9
F#m7-
B7b9