It's Just Three ChordsSep 01, 2019
On the surface, the blues seems simple – hey, it's just three chords! – as do other blues-based songs that may not be literally 12 bars long but still have that feel, like "St. James Infirmary" or "Trouble In Mind." And this is both the awesome thing, and the slightly frustrating thing, about it. If you're accompanying yourself singing, it's sort of ok, because the words keep changing (as long as you can remember them, something I'm just pointing out for a friend), but if you're more of an instrumentalist and just enjoy playing through the melody and maybe taking a bit of a solo, this can get problematic. If it's just twelve bars (or eight, or sixteen) and just three chords (maybe four), how do you keep things interesting?