My last entry demonstrated a simple little trick to play part of the blues in A on the ukulele. Today’s video shows you how to incorporate that into the entire 12 bar blues pattern.
Using these shortcuts doesn’t produce a pretty sound – rather it is best used to accompany another player or singer as it is simpler and raw.
It is also helpful to demonstrate how simple it can be to play these chords: A D, and E. Sometimes playing these chords the way the chord charts show us aren’t necessary, as either they pass by too fast, or are simply not needed.
Simplicity is often the answer to the question.
Why is it called the 12 bar blues? Because often the blues goes like this:
A – 4 bars
D – 2 bars
A – 2 bars
E – 1 bar
D – 1 bar
A – 1 bar
E – 1 bar
= 12 bars!
Who know what a bar is? (No jokes, please. Well, Okay, go ahead, but do answer the question.)
Yes, there are variations on the 12 bar blues – this is but one example.