HellBoy9393
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Join date: May 2009
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#1
I've been playing for 6 months and i have a good grasp of 80s metal like metallica and megadeth. I now want to try out some bluesy songs as I'm looking to expand my playing styles. Can anyone suggest a few good blues songs/riffs to start off with?

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Besa-Moogie
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#2
Staple standard is Texas Flood by SRV. One of my faves is Still Got The Blues - Gary Moore.
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carmour
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#3
Learn styles of blues rhythm, cause they re-occur all over the show

- 6/8 minor blues (check out Love That Burns by Fleetwood Mac or All Over Again by B.B. King)
- 6/8 gospel blues (check out Need Your Love So Bad by Fleetwood Mac or I'm gonna find another you by John Mayer or Aint Nobodies Business by B.B. King/Otis Spann) There are some subtle diff in chord changes between these, but generally the same idea
- I - V - IV blues (Check out Key To The Highway, done by B.B, Little Walter, Freddie King, Big Bill Broonzy..)
- Usual I - IV - V blues (Red House by Hendrix, millions of others, but this is one of the more well known ones I spose.. Also, this ones a quick change 12 bar, so to count it off it goes

I - IV - I - I - IV - IV - I - I - V - IV - I - V

as opposed to other ones that might go

I - I - I - I - IV - IV - I - I - V - IV - I - V

Then theres riff based blues like Born Under a Bad Sign, which follows a chord pattern but uses riffs over it instead of a shuffle, others might use chords instead of a shuffle like Stormy Monday does..

There's a couple to get you started
Last edited by carmour at Aug 29, 2009,
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#4
I thought 12/8 was one of the standard measures in blues....
carmour
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#5
It is, some call it 12/8 some call it 6/8, they are pretty much the same thing
Last edited by carmour at Aug 28, 2009,
HellBoy9393
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#6
Thanks for the help guys. All these songs are so new to me ^_^
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Chris945SG
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#7
Quote by carmour
It is, some call it 12/8 some call it 6/8, they are pretty much the same thing


What makes you think 12/8 and 6/8 are the same... they are completely different (speaking for a drummers point of view...)
due 07
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#8
I still don't understand the difference between 6/8 and 3/4 .

What I suggest is to learn the shuffle and 12 Bar Blues. Then learn the pentatonic scale and learn to improv.
urik
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#9
Quote by due 07
I still don't understand the difference between 6/8 and 3/4 .

What I suggest is to learn the shuffle and 12 Bar Blues. Then learn the pentatonic scale and learn to improv.

I think that the difference besides the notation, is which note you'd accent.
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carmour
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#10
Quote by Chris945SG
What makes you think 12/8 and 6/8 are the same... they are completely different (speaking for a drummers point of view...)



6/8 = six eighth notes to a bar
12/8 = twelve eighth notes to a bar

Texas Flood is 12/8 - I / IV / I / I / IV / IV / I / I / V / IV / I / V - accents the 1,4,7 and 10 (usually)

All Blues is 6/8 - I / I / I / I / IV / IV / I / I / V / #V / I / I - accents the 1,4 (usually)

amirite? It's been a while since I bothered trying to figure out anything to do with time signatures.. i'm better at relying on my ear to pick up rhythms
RobinTrower12
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Join date: Apr 2007
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#11
Quote by due 07
I still don't understand the difference between 6/8 and 3/4 .

What I suggest is to learn the shuffle and 12 Bar Blues. Then learn the pentatonic scale and learn to improv.


6/8 time is 6 eight notes, they are grouped together into triplets. ONE two three, ONE two three. There are 6 'pulses' per measure but only 2 beats per measure. (2 dotted quarter notes)

Eighth notes in 3/4 time are grouped in two's. There are 3 beats per measure. (3 quarter notes).

Hmm it's hard to explain without being able to clap out the rhythms!
Last edited by RobinTrower12 at Aug 29, 2009,
Zoot Allures
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#12
people have given some good suggestions but remember the most important thing is you feel the music you're playing.

The guys who i thought helped me really get into the blues were John Lee Hooker, Son House and Lightnin Hopkins (to name a few). It depends what sort of style you like, i like it all really but there are times when i just wanna hear old country blues.

Ultimately listening to the artists you like is important and remember, not all blues is 12 bar.

Here's a few from a variety of types of blues :]

Mississippi Fred McDowell - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TyzAAwJnIw

John Lee Hooker - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BtUQbblCWo

Howlin Wolf - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TwEYuues6Y

Lightnin Hopkins - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d49m6G9vOrI

Buddy Guy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxsH2yosYs0

Jimi Hendrix - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCQBbgb_Lvo


and check out SRV too!