Jazzy blues

A lot of the appeal of the blues can come from its ‘earthy’ feel.  But learning to play a jazzy blues can be a great gateway to understanding some more complex chords and how they fit together.

So here’s a nice jazzy blues for you to try out.

What’s going on here

So why is this such a jazzy blues?  The first eight bars are pretty standard, with the IV chord popped into bar 2 for a little variation.  It’s the turnaround, the last four bars, where things get interesting.

At bar 9 instead of the usual V chord (Em or E7) I’ve put in a II chord and then an altered V chord follows.  These two chords are found in the A harmonic minor scale.  So you can improvise over these chords using A harmonic minor if you like.