Suggested Learning Resources


2) Video Lesson: 12 Bar Blues Basic, Hunter MacDermut Channel

Bonus Video 12 Bar Blues Form, Learning Music With Ray Channel

3) Online Reading: 12 Bar Blues Form ,

4) Interactive Lesson: 

Music Theory QuickThink: 

-          12 bar blues form contains there subphrases, each 4 measures long (total of 12 measures)

-          The first subphrase is all in the tonic harmony (I)

-          The second subphrase is split between subdominant and dominant harmonies (two measures of IV then two measures of I)

-          The third subphrase harmony is structured as one measure of V, one measure of IV, then two measures of I

-          The final measure of I may contain a V7 chord to “turn around” the tune back to the start of the pattern.


|   I    |    I    |    I    |    I    |

|   IV  |   IV  |    I    |    I    |

|   V   |   IV  |    I    |    I    |

Objective 40.2: Examples in Music: YouTube

Objective 40.2: Define, Chart, Notate, Label the 12 bar blues form