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12 Bar Blues:

I  I  I  I  IV   IV      I    I    V    IV    I      V
   IV                                   V            I

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                         TURNAROUND (4 measures):         
                         (repeat 2x fast)

                 #IVdim7 iii7 vi7  ii7  V7 
                         III7 VI7  II7  V7
                         III9 VI9  II9  V9
                         iii7(b5)  ii7(b9)
                              VI7(b9)     V7(b9)
                              dim7        dim7
                              VI7(#9)     V7(#9)
                              VI(#5)      V(#5)
                         III7(b9)  II7(b9)
                         dim7      dim7
                         III7(#5)  II7(#5)
                                
                         tritone:
                               
                         #VI7 bIII7 bVI7 bII7
                                
                         instead of iii vi
                         (instead of 1st 2 measures):
                                
                         I VII7 bVII7 VI7
                         I ii   iii   biii


    

A: (I in "A")        (7 frets up, or 5 frets down:)

-5-(7)--------9-------12-(14)--(12)-----15--------
-5-(7)(8)-(5)-8-------14-------(12)(10)-14--------
-6--------(4)-9-------12-(14)---12------14--------
-5-(7)-----5--7-------14--------11-----(14)-------
-7---------4----------12--------12----------------
-5---------5--------------------------------------


D: (IV in "A")

-10-(12)-----------14-------5-(7)--(5)----8-------
-10-(12)(13)-(10)--13-------7------(5)(3)-7-------
-11----------(9)---14-------5-(7)---5-----7-------
-10-(12)------10---12-------7-------4----(7)------
-12-----------9-------------5-------5-------------
-10-----------10----------------------------------



| I7   | IV7 | I7  | I7 | IV7      | IV7    |
| III7 | VI7 | II7 | V7 | III7 VI7 | II7 V7 |








A7 | D7 | A7 | A7 | D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 | E7 | D7 | A7 | E7 |

Diminished sub on D7, Backcycle and ii-V subs on last four measures:

A7 | D7 | A7 | A7 | D7 | D#dim7 | C#m | F#7 | Bm | E7 | C#m  F#7 | Bm  E7 |

Tritone subs for F#7 and E7, Use original A7 in measure 7, half-dimished/altered dominant on Bm E7,

A7 | D7 | A7 | A7 | D7 | D#dim7 | A7 | F#7 |  Bm | Bb7 | C#m  C7 | Bm7b5 E7b9 |


var #1 (after D#dim):

Amaj7  Bm | C#m7 Cm9 | Bm9 Bm13 | E7 (4 variations) | C#m7b5  F#7(#9)| Bm7 E7(b9) Bb7 |


A7 G#7 G7 F#7 | Bm7 E7 |

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