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The most typical musical form of blues is the 12-bar blues. The term "12-bar" refers to the variety of measures, or music bars, supplied to to express the theme of a typical blues song. Nearly all blues music is played to a 4/4 time signature, which method that there are 4 beats in every measure or bar and each quarter keep in mind is same to one beat.

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A 12-bar blues is split into 3 four-bar segments. A typical blues progression, or sequence of notes, frequently features three chords based on the an initial (written together I), 4th (IV), and also fifth (V) note of one eight-note scale. The i chord dominates the first four bars; the IV chord typically appears in the second four bars (although in the example below, Elmore James introduce it in the an initial four bars); and also the V chord is play in the 3rd four bars.

The lyrics of a 12-bar blues song regularly follow what"s recognized as one AAB pattern. "A" refers to the very first and second four-bar verse, and "B" is the 3rd four-bar verse. In a 12-bar blues, the first and second lines space repeated, and the third line is a solution to them—often v a twist.

Below is an example of a 12-bar blues stanza native "Dust mine Broom," together performed by Elmore James, and broken under by bars (measures), beats, chords, and lyrics:

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In every 12-bar stanza, the 3rd four-bar segment (in the instance above, the 9-12th bars), offer to resolve the vault four-bar segments. The resolution might signal the end of the song or set up an additional stanza. If the track continues, the change to the following stanza is recognized as the turnaround. "Dust mine Broom," for example, consists of seven 12-bar stanzas, with a turnaround between each.

Not every blues song follow the 12-bar format, however by expertise this basic musical framework, the listener will obtain a depths understanding and appreciation for every blues music.

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