Video Tutorials: 12-Bar Blues & Blues Shuffle

Welcome! All of the songs we learn in class this term will be posted to this page, as well as additional tutorials as needed. For a review of these songs with the basic 12-bar blues pattern, visit the Ukulele 2 Practice Page.

Key of C

Sweet Home Chicago – with “quick change” and 7-chords

Blues Shuffle in C

Sweet Home Chicago – with Blues Shuffle

Key of D

Blues Shuffle in D

St. Louis Blues

Key of G

  • Blues Shuffle in G
  • Move It On Over (Hank Williams)

Key of A

  • Blues Shuffle in A
  • Backwater Blues (Bessie Smith)

12 bar blues scavenger hunt

Once you’ve become familiar with the 12-Bar Blues in all these keys, my bet is it will have become a bit of an ear worm for you. See just how well you recognize this pattern by searching for it in the following songs:

Can’t Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney, The Beatles)

Deep Elem Blues (Blues Trad., The Grateful Dead)

Can’t Let Go (Randy Weeks, Lucinda Williams)

Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley)

The songs below are written in a (fairly) strict 12-Bar Blues pattern. In other words, there are no big variations or other chords or song parts added in. See which key(s) you prefer to play them in, and which tricks from the shuffle you’d like to include:

Bonus songs!

  • Sweet Home Chicago
This video reviews the “turn around” that comes in Bar 12 of each verse
This video reviews the “trickle down” that comes at the very end of the song
This video plays through the song with the tricks reviewed above
  • Folsom Prison Blues
  • Kansas City