How to Play the 12-bar Blues

12-bar Blues: 3rd Measure

The third measure of the 12-bar blues is identical to the first two, except it's played in an E chord. Like the clips on the last two pages, this video provides a detailed explanation and demonstration of the steps used to play this measure. You'll also learn how to combine the first and second measures with the third. Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" is used to demonstrate the versatility that the 12-bar blues offers to both skilled musicians and novice guitar players. Now that you've mastered the 12-bar blues, take your expertise to the next level by following the links below.

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