The I-IV-V Blues Pro­gres­sion

Get in­side the most im­por­tant chord se­quence of all as we look at the I-IV-V blues pro­gres­sion

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Each note of the ma­jor scale can also be played as a chord; the most im­por­tant of th­ese are the first, fourth and fifth steps. Songs based on th­ese three chords are re­ferred to as a ‘one-four-five’ (aka I-IV-V) pro­gres­sion, re­gard­less of the or­der they are played in – and this chord se­quence can be heard ex­ten­sively in blues. Learn­ing the I-IV-V chords in as many keys as pos­si­ble will help you to iden­tify th­ese chords by ear and plot them out on your gui­tar. Start by jam­ming around the es­sen­tial chords in the keys of A and E. We’ve recorded a ba­sic I-IV-V pro­gres­sion: hear it on your TG CD.

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