Originally Posted by ksandvik
The blues formula is so simple so a lot of amateurs navigate towards this music form and gives it a bad rep, unfortunately.
Let's say the basic
And, when you get down to it, it may be more over-familiar than simple.
After all, unlike many simple songs, various blues forms almost always involve modulation (although many performers are content to view that modulation through the permissive 'lens' of pentatonic melodies and so may not actually confront or exploit that modulation-based complexity).
And while the good ol', plain vanilla...
I, I, I, I |
IV, IV, I, I
V, IV, I, V
...bedrock may be well ingrained in us, there's nothing to stop all sorts of embellishments and substitutions, like, for instance...
I, III7, VIm7, Vm7-I7 |
IV, #VIdim, I, I
II7, V7, I, V
Still the blues.