12 Bar Blues in D

D Major Scale: Fingering

D Major Scale: Scale Degrees

D Major Scale: Notes

Once again you'll recognise this Major Scale Pattern! It's exactly the same pattern you've played for A Major (and C Major of course) only here you begin on the Root Note D on the 10th fret).

Take a look at the scale degrees. 

What notes are at 1, 4 and 5?

D, G and A

As we established above, we'll use Roman Numerals when talking about chords - So, 1, 4 and 5 is of course I IV V and in this case (the key of D) our I IV V chord progression is made up of the chords D, G and A. However, the 12 bar blues progression predominantly utilises the dominant seventh chord and it is those (the 7th chords) that you'll play for this 12 bar blues in D.

You'll see Dominant Seventh Chords written like this: - D7 G7 A7 (subsequently the progression should be written I7 IV7 V7)

For a great example of a 12 Bar Blues in D check out "I'm tore down" by one of the "Kings" of the blues: - Freddie King

The 12 Bar Blues in D (Moveable Rhythm Pattern)

Here we'll add a little 'extra' to our 12 Bar Blues in D with this Moveable Blues Rhythm Pattern. We'll be using the Classic "I'm Tore Down" by Freddie King, which we listened to last week to get the 'feel' of our 12 bar blues in D.