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Blues music is the foundation of contemporary western music (jazz, rock, pop, soul, funk, RnB and more). The importance of Blues music can’t be overstated. This is why we've put together a comprehensive Blues song list to learn from. You'll learn techniques from the greatest guitarists in history like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Learning these techniques will allow you to play any style, any genre, and fit into most other musical situations. The lessons taught in these Blues songs are the basis for all other musical styles.

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We’ve arranged this 12 bar blues classic in a made easy format for acoustic guitar with simplified chords and strumming. If you’re up for a challenge, we’ve also included a bonus lesson to learn how to play the song with a boogie diad approach. This song uses open 7th chords, the 12 bar blues form, and a steady strumming pattern.

Published: 03/23/2022
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Dave will show you the great blues guitar parts in this uptempo tune that has a swing shuffle feel, a great solos and plenty of tasty guitar licks throughout.

Published: 10/11/2019
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Dave will show you all the great licks in this classic blues tune. There's a variety of dynamics from slow and soulful all the way to high-octane intensity. There are a lot of classic techniques: string bending, major and minor pentatonic interplay, repeating licks, tasty call and respond between the guitar and vocals, and a classic Freddie King solo.

Published: 07/08/2019
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Mike will show you the 2 electric guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is a clean guitar that plays variations on a static bluesy riff in A. Guitar 2 is the lead guitar that adds some lead fills throughout.

Published: 11/27/2018
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Anders will teach you the iconic blues-rock song "Mary Had A Little Lamb", as made famous by Stevie Ray Vaughan. This is a really fun song, packed with classic SRV blues/rock vocabulary, and even though this song is somewhat short and concise, there's rhythm and lead material enough in it to last you a lifetime. This song is performed as a "power trio" meaning the guitar only has bass and drums backing it up, and it's the perfect exercise in seamless switching between rhythm and lead playing as well as strumming and single note picking.

Published: 07/03/2018
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Mike will show you the 1 clean electric guitar layer in this song. The tune opens with some dramatic accents that set the mood. Then the verse kicks in to a swinging 6/8 time R&B groove with the guitar outlining the progression with single notes and diads. The chorus ups the dynamic with the guitar strumming the chord progression. There's also a bridge section that builds the arrangement even further.

Published: 06/29/2018
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Mike will show you the single electric guitar part in this tune that digs into a bluesy riff and some syncopated rhythms. The tune starts off establishing a mean groove and a great unison riff played by the guitar and harmonica. The verse alternates between the main riff and strumming 9th chords under the vocals while following the 12 bar blues form. The harmonica takes the only solo in the tune, so this is a great opportunity to work on your blues rhythm playing. The tune ends off with a dramatic change in dynamic, ramping back up for a rather abrupt ending.

Published: 06/08/2018
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Mike will show you the 2 electric guitar layers in this tune. Guitar 1 plays the main riff and leads with a slightly overdriven tone drenched in tremolo for a swampy texture. Guitar 2 is a rhythm guitar that plays the progression throughout.

Published: 04/30/2018
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Caren will show you how to strum an easy guitar part along with this classic blues tune. She will show you the three chords required to play along with the tune. This is required material for just about any blues jam, and in this tutorial we'll learn an easy acoustic guitar part to strum along with the band!

Published: 03/14/2018
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Caren will show you a made easy version of this classic Jimmy Reed 12 bar blues. in the key of A Major. If you've been studying the blues, you are likely familiar with the 12 bar song structure, if not, this is an opportunity to dig in to a genre that goes very deep while being based on variations on a simple harmonic theme.

Published: 02/16/2018
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Caren will show a simplified version of this classic old blues tune. Originally recorded in A-flat, this tutorial will teach the song by bumping it up a 1/2 step today for ease of playing. Whether you're jamming with our GT backing tracks, or with your friends, this one will get your toe tapping.

Published: 02/15/2018
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Caren will show you a made easy arrangement of this Robert Johnson classic based on a version by Eric Clapton. The 12 bar blues form is fundamental to the genre, and has been used repeatedly for countless songs.

Published: 05/16/2017
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There are 2 lightly crunched electric guitar layers in this tune. Guitar 1 plays some double-stop laden riffs and a searing solo, while Guitar 2 is a rhythm guitar that holds it all down with some lower single note lines and power chords.

Published: 05/09/2017
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Dave will show you this iconic blues tune that's played at many open jams! There are only three chords a classic boogie, shuffle rhythm and some riffing on the lower strings.

Published: 04/21/2017
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Mike will show you how to play this tune that features one overdriven electric guitar playing killer licks in Clapton's distinctive style overtop the 12 bar blues form in a swinging blues groove.

Published: 12/21/2016
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Tom will show you all the parts to this song from the blistering solo, to the call and response between the guitars and vocals. The tune begins and ends with a Latin/Cuban feel and breaks into a swing feel and a major key in the middle.

Published: 08/25/2016
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In this tutorial Tom will show you the guitar parts to this iconic blues tune. You'll learn the tasty call and response guitar parts for the intro, verse 1, verse 2, & verse 3. The song is in the key of A-flat and is in 12/8 with a quarter note of 75BPM. Let's get started!

Published: 08/15/2016
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Tom will show you both guitars in this iconic blues tune, including the verses and the solo.

Published: 08/08/2016
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In this tutorial Tom will show you the guitar parts to this iconic blues tune. You'll learn the swinging groove that forms the verses and the outro. The song is in the key of E and is 4/4 time with a quarter note of 110BPM.

Published: 07/26/2016
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Mike will show you the mix of slide and basic fingerstyle bluesy licks and riffs in this blues song. The song is essentially a 12 bar form with a stomping groove with space between the vocal phrases for call & response parts by the guitar and harp.

Published: 07/06/2016
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Tom will show you both guitar parts in this old school, down & dirty grinding blues with a mixture of slide & basic blues riffs played by one of the iconic masters.

Published: 06/30/2016
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Tome will show you all the parts to this great study in solo-blues playing where the thumb keeps a quarter note pulse while the higher strings play fills & riffs around the vocals.

Published: 06/09/2016
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Tom will show you the great blues guitar parts in this classic song: the intro, the verses, the harp solo accompaniment, and the ending.

Published: 05/02/2016
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Tom will show you all the parts to this great solo acoustic blues song: the intro, verse 1, variations on measures 11 & 12 and the ending.

Published: 04/19/2016
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Mike will show you all the elements of this barn burner from the boogie based rhythm work, to the Texas shuffle groove to the killer bluesy lead work.

Published: 04/12/2016
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Tom will show you all the great acoustic blues parts in this song: the intro, verse 1, verse 2, verse 3 and the outro.

Published: 04/11/2016
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Tom will show you the intro, verses, solo and outro to this classic blues tune. This is an excellent study in blues soloing and call and response phrasing with the vocals.

Published: 04/08/2016
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Mike will show you killer blues licks in BB's distinctive style, a swinging blues feel, and playing in call and response in the 12 bar blues form.

Published: 04/08/2016
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Tom will show you all the parts to this classic blues tune: the intro, the melody, the sax solo comping and the verse comping.

Published: 10/26/2015
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Tom will show you all the parts to this great blues tune from the understated rhythm guitar parts of the verses and choruses to the soulful solos.

Published: 08/14/2015
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Tom will show you all the tasty licks and fills that BB King plays in this slow burn blues tune.

Published: 08/06/2015
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Tom will show you how the guitar weaves super tasty lines and occasional chords between and around the vocals to create an exciting and dynamic arrangement of a simple form!

Published: 05/05/2015
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Anders will show you how to play this tune in an authentic acoustic Delta blues style! It features some tricky right hand technique, but it's a skill that will be worth the time to learn.

Published: 04/09/2015
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Anders will show you all the great, fun guitar parts to this blues classic. You'll learn the swampy, swinging sounding opening boogie riff in open D, the iconic slide parts and how to put all these parts together!

Published: 04/06/2015
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Tom will show you the basic rhythm guitar parts as well as short solos in the style of three great players: BB King, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Published: 04/02/2015
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Anders will show how to play the blues as authentic as it gets! There's the simple, but effective slide guitar part repeating throughout the song as well as another rhythm guitar that plays a super cool and universally applicable rhythm part.

Published: 02/02/2015
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In this tutorial, Tony Lee will teach "Still Got the Blues", by Gary Moore. Tony will introduce the song then talk about gear and tone before launching into the clean rhythm parts: intro, chorus, verse, bridge, and the parts under the solos. Then it's on to the lead parts (guitar 2): the fills in the intro, verse, and bridge, then all the epic soloing. We'll conclude with a full performance, then do 2 jam alongs.

Published: 01/15/2015
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In this tutorial you'll learn how to play an iconic blues tune by a master. This song packed with great acoustic blues guitar playing. The are two guitars on this recording. One is the main slide guitar that interacts with the vocals throughout the whole song as well as a great strumming rhythm guitar that supports the groove throughout the whole song.

Published: 09/04/2014
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Henrik is going to show you how to play the classic song driven forward by it's classic beat, the Bo Diddley beat. It has just ones guitar, but it is an essential guitar part that has influenced countless of songs and is still being incorporated into modern day music.

Published: 09/04/2014
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Anders will show this cover of the classic Robert Johnson blues tune. You'll learn the lonely acoustic that opens the song, the altered 12 bar form, the very moody electric slide guitar in the mix that adds a lot to the overall vibe and how to imitate the sound of the mandolin heard on the original recording. The guitar parts in this song are very loose and jammy, but at first we'll condense both the acoustic and electric parts into a more concise part that we can break down practice. Then after that I'll show you how to approach all the different variations that they use throughout the song, so that ultimately you can come up with your own interpretation of these parts. We'll also talk about how to get both your acoustic and electric tones just right, how to use a capo to change the key and much more. The song is in the key of Bb, and the song features a slow 12/8 and the quarter note equals XX bpm. So let's get started!

Published: 09/04/2014
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In this tutorial you'll learn how to play the classic blues song as made famous by the one and only Muddy Waters. This song is an absolute blues classic and it's been covered by pretty much any blues artist to ever walk this earth. It's also very much a part of the "standard" blues repertoire that every blues player is expected to know.

Published: 08/21/2014
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In this tutorial Anders will show you "Little Red Rooster" with all the classic, authentic blues tone, licks and tricks using an open A tuning.

Published: 07/17/2014
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In this set of lessons, Jinx Jones will teach "Bright Lights, Big City", as made famous by Jimmy Reed. We'll look at the 12 bar blues progression after a song introduction and the gear and tone; then learn the song intro. The verse rhythm guitar comes next, and an alternate verse rhythm. We'll adapt the harmonica solo to guitar, then do full and single guitar performances and a jam along.

Published: 05/01/2014
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Anders teaches you how to play the classic blues song "Rollin' and Tumblin'" as made famous by Eric Clapton. This song is a crucial part of the historic foundation of blues music and it's been covered by almost every blues artist to ever walk this earth. The version we'll be exploring today is driven by an acoustic resonator slide guitar in an open G tuning.

Published: 05/01/2014
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In this song tutorial, Henrik Linde will teach "Baby, Please Don't Go", as made famous by Muddy Waters. Henrik will open with a song introduction and a look at the gear and tone, then launch in with the main guitar lick that plays off the vocals. Next up is the short but sweet solo, then the rhythm guitar part that's underneath the solo. We'll do full and single guitar performances, then you'll take over in the jam along.

Published: 04/30/2014
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In this tutorial Anders will teach you how to play the great song "I Ain't Superstitious" as made famous by Jeff Beck. This song is an absolute blues classic, and it's been performed and recorded by countless blues artists through the years. The version we'll be looking at today features some incredible and extremely unique guitar playing that combines some really creative use of delay effects with whammy bar, wah pedal tricks and some super expressive slide playing in standard tuning.

Published: 04/29/2014
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In this set of lessons, Henrik Linde will teach "Back Door Man", by Willie Dixon. Henrik will introduce the song and go over the gear and tones, then dive into the funky main electric riff. Next on the agenda is the slide guitar part, then we'll move on to the very cool solo. Henrik will give some advice on bends and vibrato before we do full performance and single guitar play alongs; we'll top it all off with a jam along.

Published: 02/13/2014
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In this series of lessons, Henrik Linde will be teaching "Candy Man", by Roy Orbison. Henrik will introduce the song plus discuss the gear and tones, then dive into the intro unison lick. We'll then break down the rhythms and leads in the verses before we take on the solo section rhythm and guitar solo. We'll examine the last verse rhythm and leads and the outro lead; then we'll do a play along performance and a jam along.

Published: 08/21/2013
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In this series, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Tuff Enuff", by The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Mike will introduce the song and look at gear and tones, then break down the grooves in the intro and verse. Next are the chorus chords, groove, and licks and leads. We'll follow that with the solo section rhythm, followed by the three solos in the song. We'll end with full and single guitar performances, then you'll do a jam along.

Published: 05/15/2013
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In this series of lessons, Anders Mouridsen will teach you "Willie the Wimp", made famous by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Anders will talk about the song as a whole then get into the tones; then it's on to the progression, riff, and lead-ins. The harmony rhythm guitar line is up next, then we're on to the first solo. We'll follow that with the outro solo, then do a play along; you'll take over and play the song by yourself in the jam along.

Published: 04/22/2013
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