Denoting or relating to a musical structure based around a sequence lasting twelve bars and typically consisting of three chords, the basic unit of much blues and rock-and-roll music.
- Well, it's not exactly easy to keep coming up with novel variations on a form of music whose standard twelve-bar chord change pattern goes I-I-I-I IV-IV-I-I-V-IV-I-I, is it?
- Despite the blues influences, he avoids traditional twelve-bar blues progressions.
- Students listen to musical examples and try to write twelve-bar blues lyrics.
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