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Welcome to PlayTheBlues.com offers pro blues backing tracks that feature the blues chords in a wide variety of musical styles that include:  rock blues, hip hop blues, techno blues, disco blues, southern blues, south side blues. and more. These professional backing tracks are made for all musical instruments. There are also suggested 'magic notes' that will always sound great with each recording. Finally, each track also includes built in audio tutorials. Please comeback and visit our site often. Try the free download, and begin your lifelong journey in the blues.

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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Guitar Players:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are B, D, E
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Bass Players:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are B, D, E
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Keyboard Players:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are B, D, E
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Trombone Players:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are B, D, E
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Flute Players:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are B, D, E
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Oboe Players:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are B, D, E
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Tuba Players:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are B, D, E
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Recorder Players:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are B, D, E
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Marimba and Vibraphone:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are B, D, E
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Viola, Violin, Cello and String Players:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘E Chord’ - Notes E, G#, B
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘B Chord’ - Notes B, D#, F#
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are C#, E, F#
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Trumpet Players:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘E Chord’ - Notes E, G#, B
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘B Chord’ - Notes B, D#, F#
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are C#, E, F#
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Clarinet Players:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘E Chord’ - Notes E, G#, B
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘B Chord’ - Notes B, D#, F#
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are C#, E, F#
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Tenor Saxophone:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘E Chord’ - Notes E, G#, B
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘B Chord’ - Notes B, D#, F#
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are C#, E, F#
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Soprano Saxophone:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘E Chord’ - Notes E, G#, B
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘B Chord’ - Notes B, D#, F#
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are C#, E, F#
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For Down Home Southern Blues in D for Alto Saxophone:
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘C Chord’ - Notes C, E, G
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are E, G, A
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Over a short amount of time you'll be able to hear the chord changes. You'll quickly feel the 5 chord at the end of the 12 bar blues. That 5 chord leads to the 4 chord then the 1 chord with the turn around to start it over again!

It's can be a never ending cycle and very fun to get 'lost' in. If you've ever played in a drum circle and played a rhythm for an hour or so, it can be a similar experience. Very Cool

We also want to give you the Blues in most Keys that Bands usually play. SO BEAR WITH SOME LONG WEB PAGES ;) All instruments in with Blues in the keys of Bb, C, D, E, Eb, F, G, A

ON THE COVER TITLE It SAYS "TITLE OF BLUES SONG in XYZ" XYZ = is the KEY of the Blues

The 'Magic Notes' in every liner notes are a place to start playing the blues.  Repeat the notes, creating a complimentary or contrasted rhythm and start having fun. Playing notes 'outside' the progression can sound very cool and create a lot of tension.

We are giving away our first recording for all instruments away for FREE! Tell all your band and rock friends.

“Down Home Southern Blues” is a fun song to play along with. Most musicians know the chord changes, so you can learn to play live with jazz, rock or blues bands. Each Blues song has a total of 12 choruses.

Each of the “Play The Blues!” Series have the same 12 Bar Blues Chord Progression:

1 Chord
4 Chord
1 Chord
1 Chord
4 Chord
4 Chord
1 Chord
1 Chord
5 Chord
4 Chord
1 Chord
1 Chord


Your Instrument Is The: Piano, Guitar, Bass, Trombone, Flute, Oboe, Tuba
Vibraphone, Marimba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Harp, Bassoon, and Recorder

In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are B, D, E

Your Instrument Is The: Trumpet, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘E Chord’ - Notes E, G#, B
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘A Chord’ - Notes A, C#, E
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘B Chord’ - Notes B, D#, F#
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are C#, E, F#


Your Instrument Is The: Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, or Eb Clarinet
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 1 Chord is ‘G Chord’ - Notes G, B, D
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 4 Chord is ‘C Chord’ - Notes C, E, G
In the 12 Bar Blues, the 5 Chord is ‘D Chord’ - Notes D, F#, A
Some MAGIC notes to play around with are E, G, A

Soloing Soloing is a very free, fun way to express your feelings and emotions. It is simply one of the best parts of playing your instrument. Before I give you my ideas, I want you to play around an experiment. Play with the track, then on the second chorus, play whatever you want! Play sharp notes, flat notes, listen to what sounds good or bad. Simply play around an experiment.
It would be best to improvise and experiment for a couple of days to a week! OK, (one week later) here are some helpful hints for a more sophisticated solo. (1) Leave Space - Don't play the whole 12 bars, give the listener a break. Try inserting rests, and playing long notes at the end of phrases. It will allow, the listener to digest your previous phrase. (2) Repeat Notes - Take some notes and repeat them in an interesting rhythmic pattern. Use the 'Magic Notes' in a simple repeated pattern, with slight rhythmic variations. Also notice the space left at the end of every four bars.

Here at PlayTheBlues.com we offer pro blues backing tracks that features the blues chords, blues music, and the guitar blues.  These professional backing tracks can help you learn how to play the blues harmonica, and learn to play the blues.  Learning the history of the blues can help you appreciate blues music, blues artists and blues songs. Many play the blues piano or play the blues guitar.  You can even learn from our free backing tracks on YouTube. We created these pro blues backing tracks for download through online music retailers.

From Wikipedia a historical perspective of the blues:
Blues is a musical form and genre that originated in African-American communities in the "Deep South" of the United States around the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. The blue notes that, for expressive purposes are sung or played flattened or gradually bent (minor 3rd to major 3rd) in relation to the pitch of the major scale, are also an important part of the sound.

Blues as a genre is based on the blues form but possesses other characteristics such as lyrics, bass lines, and instruments. Blues sub-genres include country blues, such as Delta, Piedmont and Texas blues, and urban blues styles such as Chicago and West Coast blues. World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience, especially white listeners. In the 1960s and 1970s, a hybrid form called blues-rock evolved.

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