Originally Posted by pompeii0
What would a 12 bar blues look like with some of these chords? I hear and see players that are playing a 12 bar progression but they are playing much more then just 3 chords.
A lot of it is just extending the basic functions of the standard blues chords, or using passing chords to create movement. Here's one example (given in G):
|| G7 / / Db7 | C7 / C#dim7 / | G7 / / / | Dm7 / G7 / | C7 / / / | Cm7 / / / | G7 / Am7 / | Bm7 / Eb7 / | D7 / / / | Eb7 / D7 / | G7 / E7 / | A7 / D7 / ||
Of course, you can add all kinds of tensions to most of the chords above, i.e., 9ths, 13ths, etc.
For something jazzier, try this one. This uses a lot of ii-Vs and is more in the bop style you'd hear someone like Charlie Parker playing:
|| G7 / / / | F#m7b5 / B7b9 / | Em7 / A7 / | Dm7 / G7 / | C7 / / / | Cm7 / F7 / | Bm7 / E7 / | Bbm7 / Eb7 / | Am7 / / / | D7 / / / | G7 / Bb7 / | A7 / Ab7 / ||
Again, you can spice up a lot of the chords with various tensions, especially the dominant 7ths. This is just the basic framework. Hope it helps, CS