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Country music, both modern and traditional, borrows the 12 bar blues form more than any other element of the blues. In some country music, the only difference between the blues and country is style. Both types of music use the 12 bar form heavily. It's an essential part of your musical development to commit this form to memory and learn it well.

We're going to learn the form in the key of D in this lesson. Once you get the form you should play it in every key to insure you have it.

The form is thus:

4 measures of the I chord. 2 measures of the IV chord. 2 measures of the I chord. 2 measures of the V chord. 2 measures of the I chord.

There are many variations on this basic form, but all the variations are simply that: variations of this form that you must know solidly in order to create your own variations. Therefore, get to know it. Eat, breathe and sleep this form.

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