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Okay, so we all know some stage shorthand, right? Really handy for jams.

"Twelve-bar blues." (Alternately, just "12-bar")

| I / / / | I / / / | I / / / | I / / / |
| IV / / / | IV / / / | I / / / | I / / / |
| V / / / | IV / / / | I / / / | I / / / |


With variations:

"Long one." (Alternately, "16-bar Blues")
| I / / / | I / / / | I / / / | I / / / |
| I / / / | I / / / | I / / / | I / / / |
| IV / / / | IV / / / | I / / / | I / / / |
| V / / / | IV / / / | I / / / | I / / / |


"Two-Five turn." ( 12-bar blues but | ii / / / | V / / / | replaces the traditional | V / / / | IV / / / | ) in bars 9 & 10 )

"1-6-2-5 turnaround" ( | I / vi / | ii / V / | replaces bars 11 & 12)

And of course the ever-popular "Stormy Monday Changes" (The Allman Brothers version with the half-steps and the 1-6-2-5. I won't chart it here; I can't spare the ink. You should know this one, though.)

And then for 50's rock there are the ubiquitous "Ice Cream Changes" (usually in 6/8 time)

( | I / / / | vi / / / | IV / / / | V / / / | )


I'm sure jazz has its own shorthand, as well.

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My question: is there shorthand for something like "You the One" by Bryan Lee, or any of a dozen N'Awlunz -style tunes I can think of off the top of my head with these changes?

| I / / / | I / I7 / | IV / / / | iv / / / |
| I / / / | V / / / | I / IV / | I / V / |


It would be great to know, because I just wrote a tune with these changes and I'd love to be able to call it at a jam without a screaming halt in the set's momentum while I teach it to everyone.

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Also, if you have jam shorthand you use, add it in this thread.
 

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Is your 8-bar blues is pretty much "Bring it on home to me"? That's how we call it.


"Quick Four" is a useful bit of blues jam jargon.

| I / / / | IV / / / | I / / / | I / / / |
| IV / / / | IV / / / | I / / / | I / / / |
| V / / / | IV / / / | I / / / | I / / / |
 

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Some jazz ones:

Tin Roof Blues

| I / / / | I / / / | I / / / | I7 / / / |
| IV / / / | IV / / / | I / / / | VI7 / / / |
| II7 / / / | V7 / / / | I / / / | I / / / |


Dallas Blues

| I / / / | V7 / / / | I / / / | I / / / |
| IV / / / | iv / / / | I / / / | I / / / |
| V7 / / / | V7 / / / | I / / / | I / / / |
 
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