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Minor Blues Chord Progressions
Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Michael Williams explains minor blues progressions for the rhythm guitar in the style of BB King’s “The Thrill is Gone” in this Berklee guitar lesson.
Blues can be alive, dynamic, positive, etc. However, it is impossible to hide that the most characteristic of blues is a lazy and melancholy face. Songs kept in such a convention are very often based on the form of minor blues. If we replace the seventh chords in the basic form of the blues with the minor seventh chords, then we get the simplest form of minor blues.
It can be said that it is a form of blues transferred to a minor key. In principle, these chords could be reduced to an ordinary minor triad by removing sevenths. In this way, we would not impose a natural minor harmony and – for the purposes of improvisation – we would give other possibilities (eg harmonic or melodic minor), but in the context of standard blues the small seventh will usually be a characteristic component.