#1
Thought it might be helpful to people wondering what to learn next or stuck for inspiration to have some sort of list of must-know tunes for the aspiring bluesman..(or jazz but personally cant be of any help there)..

I'll start off with a couple..

Hey Joe: Easy, fun to improv over. First song I learnt
Bold as Love: Just plain gorgeous.
#3
Eternal Corpse Decay

You could also throw in Hideway, So What?, and Sweet Home Chicago
#4
Instead of a specific list of songs to learn, the biggest thing in my opinion that a new bluesman needs to learn is the 12 bar blues form, in every key, and then learning how to use the blues scale to improv over it. If anyone wants a full explanation of that, just send me a PM or something.

But as far as a list of must know songs goes:

Key to the Highway: Big Bill Broonzy
Hideaway: Freddie King
Texas Flood: Stevie Ray Vaughan
Red House: Jimi Hendrix
Sweet Home Chicago: Robert Johnson
Hoochie Coochie Man: Muddy Waters
The Red Rooster: Howlin' Wolf
The Thrill Is Gone: BB King
Damn Right I Got the Blues: Buddy Guy

That is a VERY basic list to get you into some of the biggest and most influential artists and some of the different types of blues.

"Blues is what you got when everything else is
gone." - J.Lansdowne
#5
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign
BB King - Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss
Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning
Buddy Guy - Mary Had A Little Lamb
All Robert Johnson
T-Bone Walker - Stormy Monday
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#6
Quote by srvflood
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign
BB King - Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss
Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning
Buddy Guy - Mary Had A Little Lamb
All Robert Johnson
T-Bone Walker - Stormy Monday


Very good additions, I can't believe I forgot some of these!
"Blues is what you got when everything else is
gone." - J.Lansdowne
#9
Ppb the best guitarist ever to have been born in Belgium: Django Reinhardt
I think Minor Swing is his best known song.
He's also famous for playing difficult, good and decently complex songs dispite having lost 2 fingers on his left hand
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haha

*wipes tear from eye*
Oh you're good.
Last edited by Base Ics at Nov 27, 2008,
#15
Chameleon - Herbie Hancock
(an essential in Jazz-Funk, fun to do some filthy funky licks on)

Crossroads - Robert Johnson
(Its cool to learn the style of Robert Johnson, something you can throw at people and they wont expect it when you say you can play the blues)

So What - Miles Davis
(Easy song to start of with in the Jazz field)
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