Jazz Blues

Jazz Blues is essentially a more complicated version of the 12 BAR Blues. In Jazz Blues we usually don’t use riffs like are common in the basic blues songs. Rather we just strum the seventh chords.  Again you should start by looking at the Formula for the song which you can see here below.  Please check out my page on the Major Scale if you’re not sure about this formula/numbering thing. There are of course different types or variations of the Jazz Blues Format but you can use this Formula as an reference or Arch-type.

Jazz Blues Formula


Jazz Blues in E

Again we will show the Jazz Blues template in the key of E. Thus the progression looks like this:

Jazz Blues in E


Jazz Blues in G

For context you can learn the Jazz Blues format in a different key like G for example. The video below shows the Jazz Blues Formula found above based of the root note of G.