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Style Guide: Essential Blues Progressions


Fig. 17 offers a fingerstyle arrangement of the progression. Like the 12-bar form, the last two bars contain the turnaround. Feel free to insert your preferred turnaround in the last two measures.

Listen to the following Ray Charles version of “Sittin’ On Top of the World.” This version leans more towards the jazzy side of blues and incorporates many of the harmonic moves we introduced in the 12-bar section. You’ll find the Roman numeral analysis of this progression above the chord symbols in Fig. 18.

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