Analysis of F BLUES ETUDE NO. 1

Measure 1: F1

  • 3rd of F13 chord on first beat (A)
  • b7 of F13 chord on third beat (Eb)
  • Indication of F chord with A<C<F arpeggio
  • C# fills upbeat gap by using chromaticism to note D in second measure

Measure 1: F13

  • 3rd of F13 chord on first beat (A)
  • b7 of F13 chord on third beat (Eb)
  • Indication of F chord with A<C<F arpeggio
  • C# fills upbeat gap by using chromaticism to note D in second measure


Measure 2: Bflat 7

  • 3rd of Bb7 chord on first beat (D)
  • b7 of B13 chord on third beat (Ab)
  • Indication of Bb chord with D<F<Bb arpeggio
  • The repetition of the arpeggio adds to the thematic  movement


Measure 3: F13

  • 3rd of F13 chord on first beat (A)
  • b7 of F13 chord on third beat (Eb)
  • Descending line is taken from Bb scale with additional *E chromatic passing tone


Measure 4: Cmi9  / F13

  • 3rd of F13 chord on third beat (A)
  • Movement is to Bb13 chord...
  • therefore, utilizing Bb scale...
  • which leads to D on first beat of measure 5

Measure 5: Bflat 13

  • 3rd of Bb7 chord on first beat (D)
  • Bb9 arpeggio, continuing with arpeggio starting on third of chord (D)

Measure 6: Bflat 7

  • Note the #11 on third eighth note (E)
  • Leading tone G# (last note in measure which leads to A (third of F chord<next measure)

Measure 7: F13

  • 3rd of F13 chord on first beat (A)
  • Note C<Eb<G arpeggio, (third beat), which hints at F9
  • F (last note in this measure), leads to F# in next measure

Measure 8: D7(#9)

  • 3rd of D7(#9) chord on first beat (F#)
  • Chromatic passing notes, F E, Eb
  • Note the C#, which leads directly into D in next  measure

Measure 9: Gmi7

  • The F# and A, indicate a Ma7 and a 9, against a minor 7th  chord
  • Gmi7 arpeggio (G<Bb<D<F) on third beat

Measure 10: C7(flat 9)

  • 3rd of C7(#9) chord on first beat (E)
  • b7 of C7(#9) chord on third beat (Bb)
  • Note G<G#, which leads to A in next measure (chromaticism)

Measure 11: F13 / D7(#9)

  • 3rd of F13 chord on first beat (A)
  • 3rd of D7(#9) chord on first beat (F#)

Measure 12: Gmi7 / C7(#9)

  • Chromatic passing notes, which lead to E (third beat)
  • 3rd of C7(#9) chord on first beat (E)