Blues Substitutions

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Here is my take on an old idea by David Baker. This exercise can be played from left to right in the usual fashion and features several variations on the twelve bar blues form. It is also possible to play the exercise in a randomized fashion by jumping from bar one of any given line to bar two of another line to bar three of yet another line and so forth; the chords in any given column being more or less interchangeable. A great number of permutations are possible. 

 

Chord Substitutions

 

 

on a Twelve Bar Blues

 

 

Form

 

 

measure:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

F7

F7

F7

F7

Bb7

Bb7

F7

F7

C7

Bb7

F7

F7

F7

Bb7

F7

C-7 F7

Bb7

Bdim7

F7

D7

G7

C7

F7 Ab7

G7 Gb7

F7

Bb7 Bdim7

F7 F#7

F7 F+7

Bb6

Bbm7

A-7

Ab-7

G-7

C7

F7 Ab6

Db6 Gb6

F7 F+7

BbM7 B-7b5

F7 Eb7

F7 B7b5

Bb-7 Eb7

Ab-7 Db7

F7 G-7

A-7 Ab7b5

G-7 C7

G-7 Gb7b5

F7 D7

G7 C7

F7 Eb7

F7 Eb7

F7 Eb7

F7 A7

Bb7 Ab7

Bb7 Ab7

F7 Eb7

A-7 D7

G7 G+7

G-7 Eb7

F7 Eb7

F7 C+7

F7 B7b5

Bb7 Ab7

G-7 C7

F7

Bb7

Bdim7 Fdim7

F7 E7

Eb7 D7

G-7 C7

Bb-7 Eb7

F7 Ab6

G-7  Gb7b5

F6

E-7b5 A+7

D-7 Db-7

C-7 B7b5

Bb6

Bb-7 Eb7

A+7

D7

G-7

G7 G+7

A-7 D7

G-7 C7

F7 F#dim7

G-7 G#dim7

A-7 Ab7b5

F7 B7

Bb7 B7

Bb7 Bdim7

F7 E7

Ab-7 Db7

G-7

G-7 C7

A-7 Ab7b5

G-7 C+7

F6 Ab7

DbM7 Gb7

F6

F7

Bb6 Bdim7

Gm7 C7

F7 E7

Eb7 D7

D-7 G7

Db-7 Gb-7

A-7 D7

G-7  Gb7b5

F7

Bb7 Ab7

F7

F7 B7

Bb7

Bdim7

F7 Eb7

A-7 Ab7b5

G7 G+7

Gb7b5

F7 Ab6

F7 C+7

F7 F#7

F7 F#7

F7 F#7

F7 B7b5

Bb7  B7

Bb7  B7

F7 E7

A-7  D+7

G-7  A-7

Bdim7 C7

A-7 D7

Db6 Gb6

F7

Eb7

F7

Eb7

BbM7

Bb-7 Eb7

A-7 D7

G-7  Ab7

Db6  E7

A7 C7

A7 D7

G7 C7

F6

E-7b5 A+7

D-7 G7

C-7 F7

Bb6

Bb-7

A-7

D7 Ab7b5

G7 G+7

Db-7 Gb7

A-7 D7

G-7 C7

F7

Bb7 Bdim7

F7 Eb7

E7 F7

Bb7

Bdim7 Ddim7

F7 E7

Eb-7 Ab7

G-7 A-7

Bb6 Bdim7

C7 Bb7

G-7  Gb7b5

FM7

E-7b5 A+7

D-7  G7

C-7  F7

Bb7  Ab7

G7 Gb7

F7 G-7

A-7 D7

G-7  A-7

Bb7 C7

F7 D-7b5

G7 Gb7

FM7

E-7  Eb-7

D-7 Db-7

C-7 F+7

Bb6

Bb-7 Eb7

A+7

Ab-7 Db7

D-7 G7

G-7 C7

F7 Ab6

Db6 Gb6

F6

F6 C-7

F6

F6 B7b5

Bb6

Bb6 Bdim7

F6

Eb7 D7

Ab-7 Db7

G-7 Gb7b5

Eb7b5

Eb7 E7

F6

E-7b5

D-7

C-7 B7b5

Bb7

Bb-7 Eb7

A-7

Ab7b5

G-7

C7

Eb7

Eb7b5

F7

F7 F#7

F7

F#7 F7

Bb7

Bb7 Bdim7

F7 Eb7

D7

Db6  E7

A7 C7

Db7 D7

Eb7 E7

F7

G-7 C+7

F7

F+7

Bb6

Bb-7 Eb7

A-7

A-7 D7

G-7

Gb7b5

A7 Ab7

G7 Gb7b5

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This exercise features basic voicings in sixths and sevenths. More advanced students should insert extended chords in 9ths, 11ths and 13ths to further explore the myriad possibilities.

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