Join Tricia Woods for an in-depth discussion in this video Cycle of 5ths, part of Beginning Blues Keyboard.
- So far, all the songs we've been playing…have been 12-bar blues, either major or minor,…with a V-IV-I chord progression in the last four bars.…This is by far the most common blues progression,…but there are many variations on that theme.…A lot of these variations are derived…from what we call cycle of fifths harmony.…Now, if you have the book that accompanies this video,…you can review cycle of fifths harmony in chapter one,…but just like we did with our simplest blues progression,…we'll describe the new harmonies…by using Roman numerals.…
The cycle of fifths progression…most commonly added to 12-bar blues…is II-V-I or VI-II-V-I.…Let's take a look at how these chords…will fit into the last several bars…of a slow blues, like the Allman Brothers' famous version…of the classic, "Stormy Monday."…Here's a diagram of a 12-bar blues in G…with a quick four and a typical V-IV-I ending.…Let's substitute a II-V-I progression…in place of the V-IV-I here in the last four bars.…
If we remember diatonic harmony,…we know that the II chord in a key is minor.…
Note: This course was created and produced by Alfred Music. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Labeling the chord and triads
- Triad inversions
- The blues scale and the major pentatonic scale
- Playing off the dominant chord and dominant bass line
- Dominant chord inversions
- Playing off the triad
- Blues fills
- Endings and introductions
- Boogie-woogie bass lines
- Cycle of 5ths and the 6th chord
Skill Level Beginner
1. Blues Harmony
2. Blues Melodies
3. Dominant Chords
5. Turnarounds, Endings, and Introductions
Boogie-woogie bass lines4m 12s
7. Advanced Harmony: Slow Blues
Next steps1m 40s
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