#1
Hey, I know this is a n00b question, but what are some easy blues songs for a beginner? And what exactly is the 12 bar blues? I never really understood that.
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#2
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Hey, I know this is a n00b question, but what are some easy blues songs for a beginner? And what exactly is the 12 bar blues? I never really understood that.


Most blues songs are quite easy, but check out Eric Clapton's Sunshine of Your Love.

Use the Search bar for the 12 bar blues question, I can't properly explain it to you unless you know musical notation.
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#3
Essentially, a 12-bar blues is a common progression in all sorts of music. you start in a given key, the "first" note in that key, so to speak. goes something like this.

(key of A)

A///A///A///A///
D///D///A///A///
E///D///A///E///

Essentially, that's the pattern. many blues songs follow this. a scale in the key of "A" has certain notes, that don't necessarily appear in that order in other scales. The "first" of the key of A is, obviously, an A. a 12-bar consists of the "first", the "fourth", and the "fifth" of a given key. In the case of A, its' an A, a D, and an E.

Don't think that was helpful, but there ya go.


And, just to say, I think Jack Bruce of Cream had more to do with writing Sunshine of Your Love than Clapton did.
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#4
Are there any relatively simple SRV songs, or are they all crazy difficult?

Also, any chicken-picking excercises? You know, like that guy that I use as my avatar?
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#5
You could look up the acoustic version of life by the drop by SRV. It would still sound pretty sweet electric and is relatively easy
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#6
Hmm...an SRV acoustic song. Sounds enticing, considering how much I loved his all-too brief appearance on MTV Unplugged. Can you say 12-string Pride and Joy?

Thanks for the suggestions everyone?

What are some good blues "practice drills" to work on? You know, technique stuff.
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Hmm...an SRV acoustic song. Sounds enticing, considering how much I loved his all-too brief appearance on MTV Unplugged. Can you say 12-string Pride and Joy?

Thanks for the suggestions everyone?

What are some good blues "practice drills" to work on? You know, technique stuff.


Yea. Its pretty awesome. Its not the most difficult song but its a great starting place.

For good drills theres a website.

www.metalmethod.com

Theres a SRV style dvd that is amazingly good.

Make sure you know your minor pentatonic modes also. They will be your best friend in blues.
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#8
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Hey, I know this is a n00b question, but what are some easy blues songs for a beginner? And what exactly is the 12 bar blues? I never really understood that.


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Are there any relatively simple SRV songs, or are they all crazy difficult?


Answer to both= "Look at Little Sister."

A classic example of 12 bar blues by SRV.
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#10
Thanks for the advice everyone!

Any more that could be offered would be greatly appreciated!
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#11
The 12 bar blues, is the blues. If you can do that, you can basically play rhythm for any blues band. Now, where it gets complex is in the licks, runs, and expressions. There is no such thing as an easy blues song. Maybe you can play a few songs, but can you feel it?

Basically, i can sit here and type all night long about how no body on here feels the blues, but i learned to play the blues, by playing it. My teacher taught me a new technique or three every week, and that week i would go home and listen to the blues. I'd figure out the key, and just WAIL on it.
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#12
Most songs by Cream are relatively easy and simple 12 bar blues and should give you a good introduction to the playing style. Check out Outside Woman Blues, Strange Brew, Born Under a Bad Sign, SWLABR, Sunshine of Your Love, Crossroads, and White Room.
#13
look up justinsandercoe on youtube or use his site which i think is justinguitar.com

free resources with loads of blues based information.

alternatively use google or the search bar here at UG... search for "guitar blues lesson" and you will have enough stuff to practice for the rest of your life.
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