The F Blues Etude is based on a very simple concept of landing the two most self-identifying notes of the chord in question. Namely, the 3rd and the flatted 7th of the dominant chord.

For example, in an F7 chord, A is the 3rd and Eb is the flatted 7th

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F Blues Etude No. 1

F Blues Etude #1

MEASURE ANALYSIS
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: Bb7 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: Bb13 3rd of Bb7 chord on first beat (D)
Bb9 arpeggio, continuing with arpeggio
starting on third of chord (D)
Measure 6: Bb7 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)
ote 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(b9) 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)

F Blues Etude No. 2


C Minor Blues Etude No. 1


Bb "Rhythm Changes" Etude No. 1