A jazz blues in F is a very common type of tune in jazz. The chord progressions are basic, but are not very easy to play over because there are a lot of harmonic possibilities and often the tempo is high.
Here are the chords:
| F7 | Bb7 | F7 | |
| Bb7 | Bdim | F7 | Am7 D7 |
| Gm7 | C7 | Am7 D7 | Gm7 C7 |
Many variations are possible to these chords, you’ll find them here:
| I7 | IV7 | I7 | |
| IV7 | #IVdim | I7 |(II V) |
| II | V |(II V) | II V |
This blues is in the key of F.
- You can’t get away here by playing the F blues scale all the time, you’ll sound boring and out of tune in some places. The F blues scale sounds good on the I and even better on the IV.
- On the I you can play the F Mixolydian mode. Adding blue notes (sliding from ab to a natural for example) will sound nice and relevant 🙂
- On the IV play Bb Mixolydian. Guitar position-wise it might be easier to think F Dorian here and stay in the same position.
- On the #IV diminished chord you can play a B diminished scale (whole – half). The F blues scale works good as well here.
- On the II V to Gm, you can play the G harmonic minor scale. You can play the C altered scale on C7 for variation.
- Use arpeggios, they are your friend 🙂