Monday, 28 July 2014

Ticket 34: Disguise A 12 Bar Blues Song By Avoiding The AAB Lyric Structure

One of the things that makes the traditional version of the 12 bar blues so easy to spot is repeating the first line then answering it with a rhyming third line (eg Yer Blues or Killing Floor by Howlin' Wolf). So muddy the waters ... by avoiding that cliché.

For You Blue
I'm Down
One After 909
Paperback Writer
She's A Woman
The Ballad Of John And Yoko
The Word
Why Don't We Do It In The Road
You Can't Do That


Guitar Man (Elvis Presley)
Johnny Be Goode (Chuck Berry)
Peggy Sue (Buddy Holly)
Run Rudolph Run (Chuck Berry)
Surfin' USA (Beach Boys)
Tush (ZZ Top)

See also

Ticket 19: Different Bar Blues
Ticket 33: Subvert A 12 Bar Blues By Altering The Chord Sequence
Ticket 35: Use 12 Bar Long Sections In Non 12 Bar Blues Songs

See the full list of songwriting tips here - Tickets To Write

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