Lesson 1- Boogie Blues in G Major

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Today, we’re going to look at an easy 12-bar boogie boogie blues in the key of G.  The boogie woogie originated in the 1920s by African-American piano players like Pintetop Smith.

John Lee Hooker’s “Boogie Chillen” and Eric Clapton’s “I’m Tore Down” are two iconic examples of the boogie woogie played on the guitar.

The boogie woogie is perfect for beginners because it’s based off of a couple of very easy-to-play shapes called “blues boxes.”

Ex. 1 Features the Root 5 and Root 6 boxes

Root 5 and Root 6 Blues Boxes

Ex. 2 Click here to view the guitar tab for this lesson.

Simple Boogie Blues in G

Ex 3. Click here to listen to the sound file.

https://soundcloud.com/bparham79/boogie-blues-in-g-with-bass

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