For a few weeks we have been opening with 12 bar blues play alongs. Tonight we spiced it up with some theory! We played around with the basic 12 bar blues progression using three different keys: C, A and G.
So how do you know which chords to play as the fourths (IV) and fifths (V) in a given key? We started with our root note (I) and counted on our fingers up to the fourth and fifth fingers. Here is where it can help to visualise the Circle of Fifths. From any given root note, look anti-clockwise for the fourth note and clockwise for the fifth.
We talked about ways to make chord progression in the bridge easier to play. The song sheet below suggests using a barred E6 chord to make it easier to get into B7. Otherwise this version is like Ukulele Mike’s version.
Written by James Royce Shannon in 1913. We played this tonight and decided to use it for now as the group’s goodnight song. This version is in G. There is room for some nice improvisation on the E and A strings of the uke. Below you can watch Ukulele Mike singing it in G to give you an idea of the tune.
This evening we began working on ‘Storm Boy’. It has three chords and two different time signatures that keep us on our toes. The Steinbecks are a Castlemaine band. We don’t want them to realise we are rehearsing one of their songs yet, so shhh.