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10 EASY Blues Songs on Guitar

blues Sep 05, 2023

Hey Friend! 

Today I want to share with you 10 easy blues songs on guitar. When I was starting out with blues guitar. I didn’t know which tunes to focus on. 

Many times I would start one and then get frustrated if it was too hard.

I see this all the time with students. In fact, a big tip for progressing faster with guitar and staying motivated is making sure you pick the right songs to work. We don’t want it to be too hard or we can easily feel discouraged. 

So below is a list of 10 easy blues guitar songs for beginners. To help avoid that pitfall.

Are you ready? You are. Great.

Let’s go!

1. Green Onions” – Booker T. & the M.G.'s

"Green Onions" is an instrumental blues that was released in 1962 by Booker T. & the M.G.'s. The track is widely recognized for its distinctive Hammond organ riff, played by Booker T. Jones, which serves as the song's main hook. It was a major hit, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and...

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Rare Stevie Ray Vaughan Acoustic (Blues Guitar Lesson)

blues Aug 31, 2023

I’ve noticed over the years with guitar players that a lot of them are afraid to play acoustic.

Of course, there are a ton of amazing electric-only players. Like B.B. King. I remember years ago reading an interview with King. In the story, he talked about how Clapton invited him over to work on some songs and just play acoustic. King did it. 

But then he said he didn’t want to do it again after. Now obviously King is a master. But there is just something about acoustic guitar that keeps us all honest. And if you don’t have this muscle built up it can be rough. But I’ve also noticed that some of the most heavy-hitting guitar players of all time do both really well.

They can pick up an electric, or unplug and sound amazing either way. 

And this is exactly what you will see in this rare Stevie Ray Vaughan acoustic guitar lesson. Now, for the first time ever, I’ll break down this rare acoustic video.

So grab your guitar and let’s dive...

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EASY Robert Johnson Guitar Lesson (They're Red Hot)

blues Aug 27, 2023

If you like ragtime blues guitar then today I’ve got you covered with this lesson on how to play the amazing tune “They’re Red Hot” by Robert Johnson. 

This song is a 9-bar blues progression. It’s essentially an 8-bar progression plus a little one-bar tag at the end of the vocal phrase, which brings it up to 9 bars total. 

There are two parts we are going to cover the intro and the verse progression. 

So get tuned up and let’s dive into this Robert Johnson guitar lesson!

Who originally wrote, “They're Red Hot”?

“They’re Red Hot” is a blues song written and performed by the legendary Delta blues musician Robert Johnson. It was recorded in 1936 and released as part of Johnson's influential body of work. The song showcases his distinctive guitar style. Particularly his driving guitar accompaniment and bluesy vocal performances.

"They're Red Hot" is an upbeat tune with lyrics that revolve around the theme...

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The Ultimate Black Magic Woman Guitar Lesson (Santana, Eric Clapton)

blues Aug 19, 2023

Today let’s dive into a “Black Magic Woman” guitar lesson. "Black Magic Woman" is a song that has captivated music lovers for decades. It started with Peter Green and the British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac. 

But the song found its true magic in the hands of Santana, becoming one of his most iconic and beloved tracks.  

In this post, I’ll break it down for you step-by-step. So make sure you’re tuned up, and let’s get started! 

Who is Black Magic Woman originally by?

"Black Magic Woman" was originally written and recorded by the British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac. The song was released as a single in 1968 and was included on their album English Rose in the United Kingdom. 

But Santana's cover of "Black Magic Woman" is undoubtedly the most famous and well-known version of the song. It was included on his 1970 album titled Abraxas and released as a single. Santana's interpretation of the song took a different direction...

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How to Play Folsom Prison Blues on Guitar

blues Aug 12, 2023

Today I want to share with you a “Folsom Prison Blues” guitar lesson. This song is a great example of a 12-bar blues chord progression. Learning it will help you with both your rhythm and lead guitar playing.

Now for this lesson, I will be using a capo on the 1st fret. With the capo on I will be playing in the key of E. But the concert pitch (the actual key) is F major. But for this lesson, I will be referring to “capo chords”. 

If you don’t have a capo. You can play the same thing without one. You just won’t be able to play along with the recording as all the recordings that I have heard are in F.

Ok! Are you ready? Cool.


Who wrote Folsom Prison Blues?

"Folsom Prison Blues" is a renowned country and blues song written and originally recorded by the legendary American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. Released in 1955, the song became one of Cash's signature tunes in his career. 

The lyrics of "Folsom Prison Blues" tell a...

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Money Guitar Lesson (Pink Floyd)

blues rock Aug 10, 2023

Ready to play the blues in a 7/4 time signature?

Well, that’s exactly what we are going to do in this “Money” guitar lesson. 

"Money" by Pink Floyd is an iconic masterpiece from the legendary album The Dark Side of the Moon, released in 1973. 

It's got a super catchy bassline and some unique time signature changes that really set it apart for a rock song. Plus the solo sections of the song follow standard blues progressions!

I’m going to break down for you the chords, soloing, time signatures, and even how to capture that iconic Pink Floyd guitar tone. 

So make sure you’re tuned up and let’s dive in!

Who wrote Money? 

The song "Money" by Pink Floyd was written by the band's bassist Roger Waters. It was included on their iconic album "The Dark Side of the Moon," released in 1973. "Money" became one of Pink Floyd's most popular and recognizable songs. Its catchy bass line and thought-provoking lyrics about greed and materialism...

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10 AMAZING Blues Rhythms Every Guitarist Should Know (Blues Rhythm Guitar Lesson)

blues Aug 03, 2023

If you want to become great at playing blues guitar it’s super important to have a strong foundation in rhythm. For example, take a look at Jimi Hendrix, or Stevie Ray Vaughan. Yes, they played amazing blues leads, but when they played rhythm guitar it was just as incredible.

So today I want to share with you a fun blues rhythm guitar lesson. I am going to share 10 AMAZING blues shuffle patterns every guitarist should know.

So grab your guitar, get tuned up, and let’s get started!

Blues Rhythm #1

This rhythm is a foundational rhythm. It’s often one of the first blues shuffle patterns guitarists learn. It uses a root-fifth to root-sixth movement. Let me explain what that means. These patterns are all going to be in the key of E. So E would be the root, the note B on the 2nd fret of the 5th string would be the fifth of the scale. So that is the root-fifth part. 

We’ll strum that twice with 2 downstrums, and then move on the 4th fret on the 5th string....

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Blue Jean Blues Guitar Lesson (Slow Blues Guitar Lesson)

blues Jul 29, 2023

If you want to become a great blues guitarist one of the things you will have to learn to play is a slow blues. See often times guitarists are so consumed with being able to play FAST. But the truth is, a slow blues can be just as difficult or more than something uptempo.

Today I want to share a classic example of how this is done. In this post, I walk you through how to play "Blue Jean Blues" as recorded by ZZ Top.

This song is a great slow blues guitar lesson in a 6/8 time signature. We’ll unpack the chords, rhythms, bass lines, and even dive into soloing.

So make sure you’re tuned up and let’s get started!

Who wrote Blue Jean Blues?

The song "Blue Jean Blues" was written by the members of ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard. As a band, ZZ Top has been known for their collaborative songwriting process, with all three members contributing to the creation of their music. 

"Blue Jean Blues" is a great example of their collective talent, and it...

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Killing Floor Guitar Lesson (Howlin' Wolf)

blues Jul 24, 2023

I’ve noticed some of the most unbelievable guitar sounds come from guitarists who play without a pick.

There is just something about fingerstyle that automatically creates a unique tone.

So today I want to share with you an example of that in this Howlin’ Wolf “Killing Floor” guitar lesson.

Plus we’ll also unpack some of Hubert Sumlin's (Wolf’s guitarist) go-to chord shapes, how he used double-stops, and also the blues scale. 

So make sure you’re in tune and let’s dive in! 

Who wrote Killing Floor? 

"Killing Floor" is a classic blues song that has become an influential and widely covered track in the history of blues and rock music. It was written and originally recorded by Howlin' Wolf, the legendary blues singer and guitarist, in 1964. 

The song is a powerful and intense representation of the Chicago blues style, which Wolf was known for.

Wolf's commanding and soulful vocals, combined with his distinctive...

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How to play “Sweet Home Chicago” as recorded by Magic Sam on guitar

blues Jul 22, 2023

Today I want to share with you how to play Magic Sam’s version of “Sweet Home Chicago.”

This tune is a blues standard and is one that comes up countless times in blues jams. It’s also great for playing with friends as it follows a standard 12-bar blues chord progression. 

Sam was an influential American blues guitarist and singer. He was born on February 14, 1937, in Grenada, Mississippi, and became known for his distinctive guitar style and soulful vocals. 

It’s incredible how well he could really sing and play guitar! He also played a crucial role in shaping the sound of Chicago blues in the 1950s and 1960s.

Sam began playing the guitar at a young age and was heavily influenced by blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and B.B. King. 

He moved to Chicago in the mid-1950s, where he quickly became part of the vibrant blues scene. Sam's guitar-playing style was characterized by its energetic, innovative, and expressive...

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