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101 Best Blues Songs to Learn on Guitar

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61. Laundromat Blues On Guitar | Albert King

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

Unlock this sliding 6ths riff used in countless slow blues tunes. This lesson is in the key of Bb. 

62. Leaving Trunk | Taj Mahal

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

This blues uses a power-chord-based rhythm part in the key of Bb.

63. Life By the Drop | Stevie Ray Vaughan

Level: 🎸🎸🎸Advanced

If you’re looking to improve your 12-string blues guitar playing, look no further than this ‘Life By The Drop’ guitar lesson. In this post, I’ll share with you how to play the version of the song as recorded by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Vaughan’s recording was done on a 12-string acoustic guitar, and it is chock full of incredible blues guitar techniques, chords, scales, and concepts you can steal and add to your own guitar playing. Check out a longer lesson here.

64. Little Red Rooster | Howlin' Wolf

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate 

Break out the slide and tune your guitar to open G for this classic.

65. Lonesome Whistle Blues | Freddie King

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

Just three chords in the key of C are all you need to play this classic Freddie King style blues C7, F7, and G7.

66. Long Train Running | The Doobie Brothers

Level: 🎸🎸🎸Advanced

This groove combines a 16th-note rhythm pattern with some lush-sounding minor chord shapes.

67. Love Me Two Times | The Doors

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

Again not a traditional blues, however, the verse riff is a super fun way to use fingerpicking and blues progressions together.

68. Love Struck Baby | Stevie Ray Vaughan

Level: 🎸🎸🎸Advanced

A ripping blues in the key of Ab, however, SRV tuned down ½ step and just played it in A.

69. Malted Milk | Eric Clapton

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

A classic Robert Johnson tune interpreted by Clapton. This version gets a great back-porch blues sound.

70. Mary Had A Little Lamb | Stevie Ray Vaughan

Level: 🎸🎸🎸Advanced

This one is not quite as simple as the nursery rhyme song! The verses use an 8-bar form, but the solos are over a 12-bar form.

71. Mean Old Frisco | Eric Clapton

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

Grab a slide and tune your guitar to open E for this one, and then put a capo on the 3rd fret.

72. Meet Me In The Morning | Bob Dylan

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate 

Bob Dylan used a lot of open tunings on this album, however in this lesson I’ll share a way of playing this 12-bar blues folk riff in standard tuning.

73. My Babe | Little Walter

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

A must-know blues tune in the key of F. There are two guitars on the recording but here is a way to play both parts.

74. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out - Derek & The Dominos

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate 

A blues classic in the key of C, and in a 6/8 time signature. 

75. Nobody Knows You When Your Down And Out | Eric Clapton

Nobody Knows You When Your Down And Out | Eric Clapton

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

This blues standard was originally written by Jimmy Cox and it goes all the way back to 1929. Click here to go to a longer lesson on this song.

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

Here is also how to solo over this 8-bar blues progression.

76. Pride and Joy The Stevie Ray Vaughan Riff So Many Play Wrong

Level: 🎸🎸🎸Advanced 

A tricky shuffle pattern combining lots of strum hand muting and a deep blues shuffle groove.

77. Rave On | Buddy Holly

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

A classic blues shuffle pattern, in this lesson we’ll use a capo on the 3rd fret and play in the key of E.

78. Rock Around The Clock | Bill Haley & His Comets

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

Discover an iconic 50’s rockabilly style blues in the key of A.

79. Same Old Blues | Freddie King

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

Unlock your arpeggio picking in a 6/8 time signature with this blues classic.

80. San Francisco Bay Blues | Eric Clapton

Level: 🎸🎸Intermediate

Grab a kazoo and dive into another great classic from the Clapton Unplugged album. 

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