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hey what's up you guys Marty Schwartz

here and I am happy to be giving you

guys a lesson right now which we can

consider our absolute super beginner

blues lesson step 1

so what I want to show you is the

foundation chords of the blues that we

then jump off on and play you know all

these cool little blues things that you

can do but this is the foundation lesson

it's three chords that's it

we're going to go over them will zoom in

I'll show you the kind of structure you

know and the chord shapes and then

that'll be a good starting point to go

to the next video which is where I would

show you some more of that kind of

boogie in styles you know fancy music

names all that also real quick

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of that let's zoom in and we'll start

learning here we go all right so we're

going to learn the basics of a blues now

this is going to be blues in the key of

E and when you play the blues especially

like a beginning 12 bar blues like what

we're going to do there's three chords

there's the 1 chord the 4 chord and the

5 chord and you can actually stick your

hand out and count up the alphabet to

realize what the 1 4 5 is so if E is our

1 that's our 1 chord e then the 4 chord

would just be for up with E as the 1

right so e F G a so a I went for up so a

is the 4 chord and then the 5 chord

would just be 1 up from there and 1

letter up so B so he is the one F G a is

the 4 and B is the 5 and we play them

all as what are called

dominant chords are dominant seven

chords and you know eventually in the

next video we're going to learn blues

like this but that still is implying the

chords that I'm going to show you in

this video so the one chord is an e7

chord hopefully you already know an E

major chord which would be 2nd fret 2nd

fret 1st fret but to make that an e7

chord or the like blues a5 version of an

e you take your ring finger off and you

play the hole good the hole the whole


so that is the e7 chord also known as

the one chord of Blues in the key of E

now we're going to go to the four chord

which if you remember I said was a so

we're going to learn an a7 chord and if

you know a major which is 2nd fret 2nd

fret 2nd fret if we take our middle

finger off

that's the a7 chord

I play a seven knowing I'm going to be

playing a seven I play it with my middle

finger on the second fret of the D and

my ring finger on the second fret of the

B but you can play it either way

I like this fingering because it's

comfortable to do some tricks that

revolve around it like the e blues scale

or the land of a7 and so there's a lot

of reasons so you got the e sevens the

one chord

the forecourt is a seven

and if you can play the a7 with the open

a string as the first note in other

words avoid the top ee it will sound


and then the final chord the b7 chord

maybe a new chord for you if you're a

beginner but you really need it for the

blues and it's the middle finger on the

second fret of the a index on the first

of the D ring finger on the second of

the G and if that's hard for you start

with that shape but then eventually we

want to get our pinky on the second fret

of the high e right there

when you're learning a new chord you can

keep the shape and try and keep it as

you take your hand off and then put it

back on and make the adjustments you

need and get the chord right and then do

that again and that will help the muscle

memory happen quicker it'll help you get

the chord down faster so we have three

chords we have e seven

and we have a seven

and then we have b7

and those are the chords we need there's

going to be a thing in the blues called

the turnaround that sounds like this

and that's a fun little thing that we

can literally do with one finger let's

go back to the beginning of this blues

now it's called a 12 bar blues when you

hear me count one two three four

that was one bar so it's called the

twelve bar blues because the whole

sequence is twelve counts of four and

then it starts over again then twelve

counts of four then it starts over again

then 12 counts of four etc etc they tell

two friends and they tell two friends

until you finally ended the gosh-darn

guitar player finally finished soloing

and the songs over all right so now let

me walk you through those twelve bars of

four counts we're going to start with

that isse Evan chord one two three four

so there's going to be one bar of e7

then we go to the a7 one two three four

so a bar of a7 then back to the e7 one

two three four and then another bar one

two three four and then we do that with

the a7 two bars one two three four

three four so that was two bars then

back to e seven one two three four

another bar 1 2 3 4 then B 7 1 2 3 4 2

a7 2 3 4 then the turnaround here we go


1 2 3 4 a seven-to-three 4.87 for 2 bars

3 4 another bar 1 2

now eight seven four two bars two three


two three four now g---seven for two

hours one


two three four

b 7 4 1 bar 3 4 a 7 4 1 bar 1

and then the turnaround which we haven't

learned yet and then a7 again so we

really want to you know something I've

noticed with a lot of lessons that I've

given over the years is just that b7

takes takes a little a little work a

little programming but you will get it

and I think it's really good to keep

that shape take it off

keep it on so something that you noticed

is it's one bar of E seven one bar of a7

and then it doubles two bars of e7 2

bars of a7 right and then the when it

finally gets to the b7 it's one bar in

the a7 one bar and then this thing

called the turnaround so let's play

through that one more time

and I'll kind of talk us through it and

then I'm going to teach you that

turnaround which we can literally do

with one finger and a b7 chord here we

go eise Evan starts on and I'm going to

count us off one two three four seventy

one two three four a seven

three four now double one two three four

one two three four now a seven

three four again eight seven two three

four e seven one two three four again

two three four be seven four one bar one

two three four a seven one two three

four then the turnaround then a p7 then

the whole thing starts over again and

then that goes on and on like a cycle or

a circle until you decide to end it so

now here's the turnaround

the turnaround starts with your index

finger on the second fret of the a

string and the whole turnaround is the

strumming or you know the picking down

on the low E open and the a string as it

moves up and down so you do kind of want

to aim for that top string there and let

it dig in to the second string so it

starts with these two strings and the

finger on the second fret of the a and

we go like this one and so from the b7

one and so you do one and with that then

you slide your index finger up to the

fifth fret so one and duh-duh-duh so

fifth fret of the a the open D with it

duh-duh-duh then a half step down so the

fourth fret duh duh and another half

step down duh duh duh then another half

step down God then the b7 chord so here

it is again

1 and duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh

turn around

so let me show you that turnaround again

nice and slow

so now what I want you to do is just you

know practice along try and keep up with

me and every time you're strumming an e7

I'm gonna play the boogie riff

underneath it the Blues boogie

underneath it so if you're going

for that I'm going a seven ring out see

seven ring out

see that see seven ring out and so we're

gonna play together and then we'll do

the turnaround both the same way and

just see if you can keep up with me feel

the changes with those chords practice

switching them see if you can do the

turnaround with me if you don't do the

turnaround in time with me see if you

can catch up back at the e7 chord again

so now I'm really going to you know put

the pressure on you to keep up with me

here we go

start with that isse Evan I'm going to

play the boogie and by the way this

boogie thing is whatever you're going to

learn in the next video so 1/2 e 7 you

play d7 a7 d7 g7 a7 a7r 7 play this

together B seven to a 7

and then the turn around seven back to

the top d7 hey sub P 7 P sub good job

now B seven

turn around now see if you can do it

without me say anything here we go

one more time

back to be seven cuz we're gonna end it

a sub I'm gonna do b7 again

and then and on the a7 with the head dad

and Bugatti - gugu p7e

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