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9 Bar Blues? Yep…it’s a thing

Lesson ID: TB248

In this lesson, we’ll explore the iconic “Sitting On Top of the World” chord progression

Nine.

Odd number that makes for a really odd chord progression. In a good way.

Blues is full of neat little frameworks like 12 bar blues or even 8 bar blues. These frameworks can help us categorize a great deal of material and they work quite well.

In fact, I believe the best way to get started with Blues guitar is to learn the 12 bar blues framework.

But as useful as they are, frameworks need to be stretched, bent or smashed from time to time. One instance where Blues steps outside of its traditional frameworks is in the Mississippi Sheik’s tune, Sittin On Top of the World.

Get out of the 12 bar framework with this lesson on the 9 bar progression from Sittin On Top of the World

You’ll learn:

  • The 9 Bar Progression similar to Sittin’ On Top of the World
  • A Bluesy Melody to Tie the Progression Together

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