Play Chords to the 8- Bar Blues in A

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The 8 Bar Blues in A.

 8-Bar Blues Chord progression

 The instructions below tell what you are listening to one the backing track:-

  • The chord progression below gives you the order of chords and how long each chord lasts.
  • The numbers 1 – 8 are the bar numbers. Each bar lasts for 4 beats.
  • Where there is only a capitol letter, it represents one of the chords. You would play that chord 4 times in time with the music.
  • Where there is a capitol letter and then a / sign you would play once for the letter and once for each of the / signs.
  • For bar 7 you would play A twice and D twice.
  • For bar 8 you would play A twice and E twice.
  • All the beats are of the same length in time given the piece a constant feel to it.

1                                  2                                  3                                  4

| A                              | E                            | A                              | D                |

 

5                                  6                                  7                                  8

| A                             | E                             | A      /     D      /    | A    /   E   /   |

The fingers used in these descriptions are as follows:-

  • Finger 1 is the finger next the thumb.
  • Finger 2 is two fingers away from the thumb.
  • Finger 3 is three fingers away from the thumb.
  • Finger 4 is four fingers away from the thumb,  also the smallest finger.

The Chord and Scale shape diagrams are explained as follows:-

  • The vertical lines represent strings. The line on the left is the thickest string and the line on the right is the thinnest string.
  • The horizontal lines represent frets. The numbers tell you where you are on the fret-board. 0 is the open strings and the numbers follow from there.
  • An X sign means do not play this string.
  • A letter in line with the 0 sign means play those notes as open strings (no fingers down).
  • Follow the finger explanation at the side of  each diagram to get the easiest way to play the information.

The chords given are the ones played on the track if you wish to play the chords along with the track.

 The A Major Chord

To play this chord:-

  • Place finger 2 on fret 2 of string 4 to make the e note.
  • Then place finger 3 on fret 2 of string 3 to make the a note.
  • Then place finger 4 on fret 2 of string 2 to make the c# note.
  • This is the best fingering possible.
  • Play strings 1 – 5 to make this chord sound complete.

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The D Major Chord

To play this chord:-

  • Place finger 1 on fret 2 of string 3 to make the a note.
  • Then place finger 2 on fret 2 of string 1 to make the f# note.
  • Then place finger 3 on fret 3 of string 2 to make the d note.
  • This is the best fingering possible.
  • Play strings 1 – 4 to make this chord sound complete.

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 The E Major Chord

To play this chord:-

  • Place finger 1 on fret 1 of string 3 to make the g# note.
  • Then place finger 2 on fret 2 of string 5 to make the b note.
  • Then place finger 3 on fret 2 of string 4 to make the e note.
  • This is the best fingering possible.
  • Play strings 1 – 6 to make this chord sound complete.

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