Blues Guitar Lesson: 12 Bar Blues Progression Bass Line For Electric Guitar in E

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Hi there!

John Maclennan here…

In today´s lesson I will teach a cool 12 Bar Blues Progression Bass Line
that any aspiring blusman MUST know, hope you like it!

Hey, how’s it going, everybody?
My name is John McClennan [phonetic] and
I’m here today with Guitar Control, bringing
you this awesome lesson on the blues.

There’s lots of lessons out there where you
can learn to play the rhythm to the blues,
but one of the fun things to do that is often
overlooked is playing a bass line through the
blues, on guitar though. So what I’m playing
here is a typical line that a bass player in
a band would play, but now we’re transferring
that to guitar strings.

What we’re going to do is we’re going to outline
an E-7 chord. So we’re going to start on the root
note, E. Each note happens twice, by the way.
And then I’m going to slide into the 4th fret and
then I’m going to play the 2nd fret, 4th fret, open D
and then I’m going to come down those same notes.
Think of it as it just goes up and then it comes down.
So you’ve got… Now, one thing that you’ll want to
try and do as you’re practicing this is alternate your
right hand picking pattern. So if you did a downstroke,
the next thing you’re going to do is an upstroke.
It’s just constantly down, up, down, up, down, up.

You’re going to do that on E like this. Twice.
Then you’re going to go to A, which is basically the
same exact riff one string higher. Now starting on the
5th string. Then you’re going to go back down to E.
Then finally, you’re going to hit the B-7 chord and
you’re going to basically play — we’re outlining
the B-7 chord. You’re going to play the 2nd fret and
then you’re going to slide to the 6th fret. Four, four,
six, six. Open A, four, two, two, four, four. And then
there’s a lot of variations you can do on the end.
But here’s an easy one. You can do that or you could go…
Or you could just keep on walking, which is nice, like this.
At that point you would stat back over because you’re at
the end of the 12-bar chord progression.

One of the things you might want to use this is if you’re
jamming with another guitar player and you’re playing some
rhythm stuff, it might be cool to break it up and just play
a bass line behind them. Also, it can be really cool just
to work on that right hand swing, too, as well. E chord.

All right. Well, thanks so much for watching and we’ll
see you in the next video.