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The progression to Birthday verse (Beatles - 1968) is shown below in the key of E. The original key is A. This is a 12-bar blues progression that omits the change to the “IV7” chord in bar ten. This is also the progression to Back Door Man (Doors - 1967).

E7 / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
A7 / / / / / / / E7 / / / / / / /
B7 / / / / / / / E7 / / / / / / /

The progression to Boot Hill (Stevie Ray Vaughan - 1991) is shown below in the original key of E. This is a 12-bar blues progression that includes a quick change in bar two and a “I7-V9” turnaround.

E7 / / / A7 / / / E7 / / / / / / /
A7 / / / / / / / E7 / / / / / / /
B7 / / / A7 / / / E7 / / / / / B9 /

The progression to Can't Buy Me Love verse (Beatles - 1964) is shown below in the key of E. The original key is C. This is a 12-bar blues progression that holds the "IV7" chord into bar eleven.

E7 / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
A7 / / / / / / / E7 / / / / / / /
B7 / / / A7 / / / / / / / E7 / / /

The progression to Maybellene chorus (Chuck Berry - 1955)is shown below in the key of E. The original key is Bb. This is a 12-bar blues progression that omits the change to the “IV” chord in bar ten. This is also the progression to Blue Suede Shoes (Elvis Presley - 1956; original key A), School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell) (Chuck Berry - 1957; original key G), Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry - 1958; original key Bb), and No Particular Place To Go (Chuck Berry - 1964; original key G).

E / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
A / / / / / / / E / / / / / / /
B / / / / / / / E / / / / / / /

The progression to One Way Out (Allman Brothers Band - 1972) is shown below in the key of E. The original key is A. This is a cover version of the Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James & Marshall Sehorn song.

E7 / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
A7 / / / / / / / E7 / / / / / / /
B7 / / / A7 / / / E7 / / / / / / /

The progression to Rock Around The Clock (Bill Haley & His Comets - 1955 & 1974) is shown below in the key of E. The original key is A. This is a 12-bar blues progression that omits the change to the “IV” chord in bar ten and features "IV9" and "V9" chord embellishments.

E / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
A9 / / / / / / / E / / / / / / /
B9 / / / / / / / E / / / / / / /

The progression to She Loves My Automobile (ZZ Top - 1979) is shown below in the key of E. The original key is A. This progression includes a quick change in bar two.

E7 / / / A7 / / / E7 / / / / / / /
A7 / / / / / / / E7 / / / / / / /
B7 / / / / / / / E7 / / / / / / /

The progression to The Sky Is Crying (Stevie Ray Vaughan - 1991) is shown below in the key of E. The original key is C. This is a quick change blues progression featuring a "I7-V7" turnaround and "IV9" and "V9" chord embellishments.

E7 / / / A9 / / / E7 / / / / / / /
A9 / / / / / / / E7 / / / / / / /
B9 / / / A9 / / / E7 / / / B7 / / /

The progression to Statesboro Blues (Allman Brothers Band - 1971) is shown below in the key of E. The original key is D. This version of the 1929 Will McTell song includes a quick change in bar two.

E7 / / / A7 / / / E7 / / / / / / /
A7 / / / / / / / E7 / / / / / / /
B7 / / / A7 / / / E7 / / / / / / /

The progression to Stormy Monday (T. Bone Wlaker - 1946) is shown below in the key of E. The original key is G. This progression is a quick change blues progression that features a "#I7" Half-Step Substitution in bar four and a "IV9" chord embellishments.

E7 / / / A9 / / / E7 / F7 / E7 / / /
A9 / / / / / / / E7 / / / / / / /
B7 / / / A7 / / / E7 / A7 / E7 / B7 /

The progression to Stormy Monday (Allman Brothers Band - 1971) is shown below in the key of E. The original key is G. This version of the 1946 T-Bone Walker song includes a quick change in bar two and a great “I-IIm7-IIIm7-bIIIm7-IIm7-bVI9” substitution for bars 7 through 10.

E7 / / / A7 / / / E7 / F7 / E7 / / /
A7 / / / / / / / E / F#m7 / G#m7 / G7 /
F#m7 / / / C9 / / / E7 / A7 / E7 / B+ /

The progression to Sweet Little Angel (B.B. King - 1956) is shown below in the key of E. The original key is Db. This progression includes a quick change in bar two and a great “Imaj7-IIm7-IIIm7-bIIIm7-IIm7-IV7” substitution for bars 7 through 10.

E7 / / / A7 / / / E / / / E7 / / /
A7 / / A#7 A7 / / / Emaj7 / F#m7 / G#m7 / Gm7 /
F#m7 / / / A7 / / / E7 / F#m7 / B11 / B7 /

The progression to Tush (ZZ Top - 1975)is shown below in the key of E. The original key is G. This is also the progression to Pride And Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan - 1983).

E / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
A / / / / / / / E / / / / / / /
B / / / A / / / E / / / / / B /

The progression to What'd I Say (Ray Charles - 1959) is shown below in the key of E. This is a 12-bar blues progression featuring a "I7-V7" turnaround. This is also the progression to Money (That's What I Want) (Barrett Strong - 1960), and Wooley Bully (Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs).

E7 / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /
A7 / / / / / / / E7 / / / / / / /
B7 / / / A7 / / / E7 / / / B7 / / /


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