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Essential Blues?

Discussion in 'Playing and Technique' started by FenderAmpGas, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. FenderAmpGas

    FenderAmpGas Member

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    I'm sure this has been posted before and I did do a search but came up kind of empty. I'm mostly an alt. rock player but I'd like to learn some straight forward blues songs that are fun, and not too hard, to play. What would you recommend as the 10 essential blues songs that are fun to play and should be known by anyone that plays the blues? I'd like to be able to download these songs off of iTunes to play along with as well. Thanks!!!!

    So far, on my list I have:

    1. Freddy King. "Hide Away"
     
  2. soulohio

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    trouble in mind-various
     
  3. Dave Orban

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    The entire Albert Collins catalog.
     
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    Any T-Bone Walker, Elmore James, Albert King, Muddy Waters

    By the way ...Dave Orban rocks!
     
  5. FenderAmpGas

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    Thanks. Great suggestions! How's this for a starting list? Suggestions for songs from the artists below?

    1. Freddy King. "Hide Away"
    2. Albert Collins. "Avalanche", "Ice Pick", "Melt Down", "Too Many Dirty Dishes"
    3. Various "Trouble in Mind"
    4. Muddy Waters. ?
    5. Albert King. ?
    6. T-Bone Walker. ?
    7. Elmore James. ?
     
  6. Swain

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    Jimmy Reed-Big Boss Man, Bright Lights, Big City
    Sonny Terry & Brownie Mcghee- Walkin' Blues, Stranger In Your Town
    B.B. King- The Thrill Is Gone
    Albert King- Born Under A Bad Sign, Master Mechanic
    Duster Bennett- Jumping At Shadows
    Pops Staples- Nobody's Fault But Mine
    Allman Bros.- Stormy Monday

    There's 10 great ones.
     
  7. FenderAmpGas

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    Awesome! Thanks!!

    I love this place.
     
  8. Dave Orban

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    Early Muddy Waters (late 40s through the 50s; and anything by Little Walter Jacobs, Willie Dixon, or Jimmy Rogers.
     
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    Tore Down (cool riff that is fun to jam out with)
     
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    Man, start with Stevie Ray.....Pride and Joy, Lovestruck baby, LOVE Stevie!!!

    Hell even Crossroads is good...

    Chris
     
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    Kind of a loaded question, maybe almost like asking about D**ble amps here :) "Blues" means a lot of different things to different people. I'd make at least one broad distinction, and that's between the southern african american tradition and its Anglo adaptation of the 60s and later. By the time you get to SRV, you're pretty far away from the original idea. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but, for me, the more 'feral' guys like Lightnin Hopkins are more interesting to listen to.
     
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    Here's my top 10 list:

    Freddie King - Hidaway
    BB King - Just Like a Woman
    Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign
    Albert Collins - Frosty
    Otis Rush - All My Love/I Miss Loving
    Elmore James - The Sky Is Crying
    T-Bone Walker - Stormy Monday
    Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working
    Little Walter - Blues With A Feeling
    Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago

    -KD
     
  13. Poppa Stoppa

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    To take different tack on this, here are a few different styles on YouTube you can check out:

    1. Low-down greasy shuffles in 'E' or 'A'. Way cool. IF played well.
    Lou-Ann Barton:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyJ71_S6LR8
    Louis Myers:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vjRBzKcAYk

    2. Minor Blues - like 'The Thrill is Gone'. Kirk Fletcher:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PGPhaWCgYY

    3. The 'Tina Nina Nu' riff, a guaranteed floor filler. This is Anson Funderburgh at a recent blues jam:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgYOfXju4F8

    4. Swing blues. Practically an unknown style in rock-blues circles. Takes some work to get swingin'. Alex Schultz/Mighty Flyers:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF2_snTil7A
    Kid Ramos:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAAS8gZIM6o

    5. Slow Blues. Ronnie Earl:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw-Y7OFXheo
    Kid Andersen with RJ Mischo (2nd half of the clip):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckGcuLy3umE

    6. Flat tire shuffle (named for the drum beat). Memo Gonzalez & Kai Strauss:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJSxojwwKjY

    7. Rockabilly - Deke Dickerson:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFNgfdvm72w

    8. Mustn't forget a standard shuffle like the Fabulous Thunderbirds 'Wait On Time' w/Jimmie Vaughan:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JV3RAdTOnQ
    w/Kirk Fletcher & Nick Curran:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xc65rjhD1HM&mode=user&search=


    Happy hunting!
     
  14. GenoBluzGtr

    GenoBluzGtr Silver Supporting Member

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    Great Video clips Poppa Stoppa... Love Ronnie Earls use of guitar volumes and picking techniques... sounds like different guitars/amps/pedals, but it's all in his hands.

    I will add in my $0.02.... All mentioned before are great and many that I would have chosen as well... so to not be redundant, here's my attempt at adding to the list....

    Some contemporary guys who do traditional blues exceptionally well...

    Tommy Castro
    Tab Benoit
    Robben Ford
    Jimmy Thackery
    Bernard Allison

    You can use the entire "From the Cradle" CD from Eric Clapton (1994) as a primer... tweed tone, strats and 335s, slow blues, shuffles, leads, tight rhythms... his best blues outing yet.... (different category than the RJ tribute).

    As for songs, I really like tunes like "Crosscut Saw" by Albert King, "Blow Wind Blow" by Muddy Waters (clapton does a killer version on 1980s "Another Ticket" LP), "Hoochie Coochie Man" by Muddy, and "Killing Floor" by Howling Wolf. All very recognizable, not terribly difficult to play and filled with great riffs.

    Finally, something that I have been devouring lately (again) is the early ZZ Top Stuff. Stuff from Tres Hombres, Fandango, and Deguello LPs.... "Fool for your Stockings", "Francine", "Just Got Back from Baby's", "Just Got Paid Today", "Brown Sugar" (no.. not THAT one), "Thunderbird", "Jesus just left Chicago".... these gems get left off lots of folks' lists, but they are some of the most soulful, awe-inspiring, blues tunes ever and they fit the bill in a variety of categories... great lyrics, PHENOMENAL GUITAR TONE!!!, and excellent guitar playing. Additionally, most of us over 40 will recognize them from the first licks...

    Enjoy, but beware... once you immerse yourself into these, you might forget your alt-rock leanings... they are addictive!
     

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