Blues Songs Lessons

Stormy Monday by The Allman Brothers

Stormy Monday by The Allman Brothers

In this lesson we will be studying the classic T-Bone Walker blues tune Stormy Monday in the style of the Allman Brothers Band. While it is a 12 bar blues, Stormy Monday takes a different turn in bar 7 with some jazzy min7 chord changes. In this version, the guitar uses interesting dom 9 voicings and licks to carry the harmonic structure.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Stormy Monday (Duane Solo Part 1)

Stormy Monday (Duane Solo Part 1)

In this lesson we will be studying the first half of Duane Allman's soulful lead in Stormy Monday. Be familiar with G Pentatonic major when approaching this solo.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Born Under A Bad Sign by Albert King

Born Under A Bad Sign by Albert King

This is a classic blues tune played, originally, in the key of Db.  Simple pentatonic blues riff on the I chord and goes to the IV and V chord.  A little different arrangement from the standard 12 bar blues form.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett

Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett

Mustang Sally is classic R&B/ Blues tune by Wilson Pickett. The song is a I-IV-V chord progression in the key of C. There are 2 guitar parts on the original recording, a lead and a rhythm part. We will be covering both of them.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry

Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry

Learn this classic Chuck Berry tune written with a 12 bar blues format in the key of Bb. In this lesson we are going to study the intro, versus, and choruses. In another lesson we will tackle the complete solo. This is a must learn for any aspiring blues guitar player.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Johnny B. Goode Solo by Chuck Berry

Johnny B. Goode Solo by Chuck Berry

In this lesson we will study the solo to Johnny B. Goode note for note.
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She Caught The Katy by Taj Mahal

She Caught The Katy by Taj Mahal

This is not your typical 12 bar blues form. The song actually follows a 16 bar form for the versus. The bridge takes us to a different place applying a bVII chord and the verse contains a diminished 7, some interesting changes for a blues tune.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Dust My Broom by Elmore James

Dust My Broom by Elmore James

Great blues slide guitar tune.  Elmore James noted as the King of the Slide Guitar is a great player to study if you are looking to learn how to play slide. Song is played in open D tuning.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Rumble by Link Wray

Rumble by Link Wray

In this lesson we will be learning the instrumental Rumble by Link Wray. The song consists of just 4 chords and a descending pentatonic minor riff in the key of E. The 3 chords used are D, E, A, and B7.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Stormy Monday (Duane Solo Part 2)

Stormy Monday (Duane Solo Part 2)

In this lesson we will be studying the second half of Duane Allman's soulful lead in Stormy Monday. Be familiar with G Pentatonic major when approaching this solo.

Song Difficulty: 6

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Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters

Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters

In this lesson we will be learning the blues classic Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters. The tune is in 12/8 time, in the key of A, and is built around a signature blues riff over the I chord. The riff is followed by typical blues changes using dominant 9 chords.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Outside Woman Blues by Cream

Outside Woman Blues by Cream

In this lesson we will be learning Cream and Eric Clapton's Outside Woman Blues. The song revolves mainly around a bluesy riff in E pentatonic minor. The two chords used are E and B dom7#9.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Memphis by Lonnie Mack

Memphis by Lonnie Mack

In this lesson we will be learning the instrumental Memphis by Lonnie Mack. It is a blues tune in the key of G.  We will be covering the chords and melody lead lines. You should be familiar with Pentatonic minor to grasp the melody lead.

Song Difficulty: 5

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La Grange by ZZ Top

La Grange by ZZ Top

In this lesson we will be learning the riffs to ZZ Top’s La Grange. The song consists of some classic bluesy style riffs played in A and then shifting to C. The riff can be played fingerstyle or with a pick

Song Difficulty: 4

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Its Not My Cross To Bear by The Allman Brothers

Its Not My Cross To Bear by The Allman Brothers

It's Not My Cross To Bear is the segue from the instrumental Don't Want You No More.  Its a blues tune with some different changes than the typical 12 bar blues format. We have the use of the minor IV chord in the verse and a I-VI-II-V change at the end of the progression.  The song also applies an interesting arpeggio line with a descending bass line.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Cold Shot by Stevie Ray Vaughan

Cold Shot by Stevie Ray Vaughan

This lesson is a song study of Cold Shot by Stevie Ray Vaughan. The song is a good example of blues in a minor key.

Song Difficulty: 4

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No Particular Place To Go by Chuck Berry

No Particular Place To Go by Chuck Berry

This lesson is a song study of No Particular Place To Go by Chuck Berry.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Sunshine of Your Love

Sunshine of Your Love

In this lesson we will do a song study of the classic Cream song Sunshine of Your Love.

Song Difficulty: 2

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Smokestack Lightning by Howlin Wolf

Smokestack Lightning by Howlin Wolf

This lesson is a song study of Howlin Wolf's classic blues tune Smokestack Lightning.

Song Difficulty: 3

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House of the Rising Sun

House of the Rising Sun

In this lesson we will learn the classic song House of The Rising Sun. This song incorporates arpeggio picking patterns throughout.

Song Difficulty: 3

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Crossroads by Cream

Crossroads by Cream

This lesson covers the classic Crossroads by Eric Clapton and Cream. The song is a 12 bar blues form in the key of A. Originally written and recorded by Robert Johnson.

Song Difficulty: 4

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Mary Had A Little Lamb by Stevie Ray Vaughan

Mary Had A Little Lamb by Stevie Ray Vaughan

In this lesson we will learn the bluesy SRV song Mary Had A Little Lamb. The song is played in a 1/2 step down tuning.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Come On in My Kitchen

Come On in My Kitchen

In this lesson we will learn a version of Come on in My Kitchen by Robert Johnson using an open G tuning.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Catfish Blues by Muddy Waters

Catfish Blues by Muddy Waters

This lesson is a song study of Catfish Blues by Muddy Waters.

Song Difficulty: 5

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Sweet Home Chicago

Sweet Home Chicago

This lesson is a song study of the Blue's classic Sweet Home Chicago. The song was originally done by Robert Johnson. Since then it has been recorded and performed by many artists.

Song Difficulty: 4

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