Blues Songs Lessons

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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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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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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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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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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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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