Loyal Blues Fellowship Inc.
is a volunteer not-for profit community Blues Society serving Quinte West, Belleville, Prince Edward and Northumberland Counties. Bay of Quinte Country
and Great Waterway regions.
We are proud
affiliates of the International Blues Foundation with
an active local
Blues in The Schools Program

 We would like to  thank our friends   from the Montreal  and Ottawa Blues
Societies for giving
all of the Canadian artists at the International Blues Challenge
an opportunity to participate in
this new Showcase in Memphis.

Charter members of the
Canadian Blues Alliance Inc.
enjoying the after party at the 2012 Maple Blues Awards.








Each year we hold regional competitions to select a
BAND and SOLO DUO act to represent us in Memphis'

International Blues Challenge

Road to Memphis Challenge

2012 Kim Pollard Band
      Jesse Roper, Solo

2011 Bad Poetry Band
      Mark Taylor, Solo

2010 Matt Smith

2007 Elyssa Mahoney
     Robert Farrell Band

2006 Tim Campbell

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Lifetime Members
Julian Fauth Rick Fines
Danny Brooks Gary Kendall
Morgan Davis Mako Funasaka
Kris "K.K." & "Sameday" Ray Walsh

The Fellowship has
an active Blues In
The Schools (BITS) program. Contact us if you are interested.









Jam Nights at the Engineer’s Hall

100 year old Union Hall and
Home of the Loyal Blues Community Jams

43 Pine Street, Belleville (corner of Pine & Chatham)

Doors open: 6:30, tunes start at 7:00pm

Acoustic Song Circle

Coffee House Blues


3rd Monday
Peggy Voigt &
Joe Callahan

Last Friday
Roger Dory



Artist Development Program:

   As part of our Artist Development Program the Fellowship hosts these monthly events at the Engineers Hall, 43 Pine Street (at Chatham), Belleville.

  We offer an opportunity for musicians to meet and share techniques and experience, and to gain experience preforming with, and for, others in a non-threatning environment.

The intent is to encourage musicians with less experience to learn and play in a comfortable, non-threatening environment. No alcohol please

    Learning the Blues:


Blues Guitar Progressions

Though during the first decades of the twentieth century blues music was not clearly defined in terms of chords progression, the twelve-bar blues became standard in the '30s.

However, in addition to the conventional twelve-bar blues, there are many blues in 8-bar form, such as "How Long Blues", "Trouble in Mind", and Big Bill Broonzy's "Key to the Highway". There are also 16-bar blues, as in Ray Charles's instrumental "Sweet 16 Bars".

The basic twelve-bar lyric framework of a blues composition is reflected by a standard harmonic progression of twelve bars, in 4/4 or 2/4 time. The blues chords associated to a twelve-bar blues are typically a set of three different chords played over a twelve-bar scheme:


I I or IV I I
V IV I I or V

where the Roman numbers refer to the degrees of the progression. That would mean, if played in the tonality of A, the chords would be as follows:


A A or D A A
E D A A or E

In this example, D is the subdominant. Note that much of the time, every chord is played in the dominant seventh (7th) form. Frequently, the last chord is the dominant (V or in this case E) turnaround making the transition to the beginning of the next progression.

The lyrics generally end on the last beat of the tenth bar or the first beat of the eleventh bar, and the final two bars are given to the instrumentalist as a break; the harmony of this two-bar break, the turnaround, can be extremely complex, sometimes consisting of single notes that defy analysis in terms of chords.

The final beat, however, is almost always strongly grounded in the dominant seventh (V7), to provide tension for the next verse. Musicians sometimes refer to twelve-bar blues as "B-flat" blues because it is the traditional pitch of the tenor sax, trumpet/cornet, clarinet and trombone.

Melodically, blues music is marked by the use of the flatted third, fifth and seventh (the so-called blue or bent notes) of the associated major scale. While the twelve-bar harmonic progression had been intermittently used for centuries, the revolutionary aspect of blues was the frequent use of the flatted fourth, flatted seventh, and even flatted fifth in the melody, together with crushing—playing directly adjacent notes at the same time, i.e., diminished second—and sliding—similar to using grace notes.

Where a classical musician will generally play a grace note distinctly, a blues singer or harmonica player will glissando; a pianist or guitarist might crush the two notes and then release the grace note. Blues harmonies also use the subdominant major-minor seventh and the tonic major-minor seventh in place of the tonic.

Blues is occasionally played in a minor key. The scale differs little from the traditional minor, except for the occasional use of a flatted fifth in the tonic, often crushed by the singer or lead instrument with the perfect fifth in the harmony. Janis Joplin's rendition of "Ball and Chain", accompanied by Big Brother and the Holding Company, provides an example of this technique. Also, minor-key blues is most often structured in sixteen bars rather than twelve—e.g., "St. James Infirmary Blues" and Trixie Smith's "My Man Rocks Me"—and was often influenced by evangelical religious music.

Blues shuffles are also typical of the style. Their use reinforces the rhythm and call-and-response trance, the groove. Their simplest version commonly used in many postwar electric blues, rock-and-rolls, or early bebops is a basic three-note riff on the bass strings of the guitar. Played in time with the bass and the drums, this technique, similar to the walking bass, produces the groove feel characteristic of the blues. The last bar of the chord progression is usually accompanied by a turnaround making the transition to the beginning next progression.

Shuffle rhythm is often vocalized as "dow, da dow, da dow, da" or "dump, da dump, da dump, da" as it consists of uneven eight notes. On a guitar this may be done as a simple steady bass or may add to that stepwise quarter note motion from the fifth to the seventh of the chord and back.



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