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nater2  
5 Sep 2009 17:30 | Quote
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what are some good blues songs that are good for an intermediate player. any kind of blues would be great. thanks
patleh  
5 Sep 2009 17:41 | Quote
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hey joe
BodomBeachTerror  
5 Sep 2009 18:19 | Quote
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still got the blues
JazzMaverick  
5 Sep 2009 18:44 | Quote
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I'll give you a few examples here which I love...

Note: some of these aren't classic blues, more on the verge of rock blues or Jazz Blues...

"Into the Blue" by Paul Andrews

"Gaudi" by Alphonso Johnson, Dave Weckl, David Goldblatt, Frank Gambale, Walfredo Reyes.

"Anytime of Day" by Fourplay (ok so it's more smooth Jazz...)

"Autumn Leaves" by Miles Daves

"Sunrise" by Chet Atkins & George Benson


You might want to check out: Stevie Snacks Which most great blues artists reccommend we all check out. I agree with them.

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telecrater  
5 Sep 2009 19:21 | Quote
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Jazz your list is way more jazz then blues, maybe be more jazz blues.

However there are alot of really great blues songs that are good as a beginner. stormy monday blues, thrill is gone, ten long years, tore down.

What got me into the blues was a technique book call "blues you can use" very good methord if you looking for a quick little intro. spend some time with some blues guy's. like the three kings... BB, Albert, and freddie, but there are hundreds of great blues artists out there

patleh  
5 Sep 2009 20:23 | Quote
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yeah thats more blues. you should check out this guy otis taylor his stuff is hard to play mostly cuz some of it is on banjo but so is his guitar stuff.
EMB5490  
5 Sep 2009 20:45 | Quote
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Still got the blues. it may be experianced but its so good. hendrix is rock blues...
patleh  
5 Sep 2009 21:01 | Quote
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so...?
EMB5490  
5 Sep 2009 22:02 | Quote
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yh i guess but hey joe is more beginner then intermediate def. id try all along the watchtower...
RA  
5 Sep 2009 22:40 | Quote
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jazz I don't know all those songs but the ones i do now are no way in hell blues not even jazz blues. Autumn Leaves??????????????? come on. i mean that's a must know jazz standard what are you talking about. I don't mean to be rude I'm sorry if i offended you but hell. just because some one using a certain scale or of like, doesn't make it bules.

also "hey joe" is a folk song Hendrix heard then modulated up a fifth(make E the end chord not not A) and played the chords with 1st inversions. the E makes it have a blues feel in a way but it is not blues.

telecrater's got the right idea especially "blues you can use" I haven't personally read it(looked over it), but many like it a lot so if that a road your looking for go with it.

but what type of blues are your looking for? it is a very loaded genre. do you want delta blues(I'd go with Robert Johnson "sweet home Chicago"), but even in the delta you got different camps(like sun house, Charley Patton thrid chord type stuff, Booker white's droning cross-tuning). Do you want Detroit blues, Chicago blues, a John lee hooker one chord blues(done in many ways) that many have copied including Howlin' wolf(smokestack lighting, with a charley Patton on vocals), the doors loved Hooker the ever popular roadhouse is the testament. A muddy waters type thing. Then you got Texas blues(talking modern, the old stuff got a bit of country in it), like SRV. But in general I'd get your 12 bar blues really down, by finding a site on 12 bar(there is many), or getting that book. That and just listen listen listen to blues artist. Buddy guy and BB king deserve a mention but I'm not a fan, respect them totally but the day i heard Howlin' wolf there type blues just didn't matter to me. Also looking into Guitar slim and how could i forget Booker T and the MGs "green onions" is a great song to play. in a odd key(F) but in a way that with help you think and get out of that Key of E for a change.

again i didn't mean to attack any one or make any one mad, so i apologize if I'm, but if someone is telling someone you can fly by strapping rocks to your feet you gotta say something right?
case211  
6 Sep 2009 10:06 | Quote
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also you might like to check out some Clapton, he's (IMO) a bluesy player as well.
AlexB  
6 Sep 2009 10:39 | Quote
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Eric Clapton and The BluesBreakers - Hideaway
patleh  
6 Sep 2009 10:40 | Quote
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layla
JazzMaverick  
6 Sep 2009 16:28 | Quote
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@RA, I know, but it's just an example of some tunes. Besides, it's great to take ideas from other styles and add it into a different one... makes it more unique.

Here's a site for you which I'm sure you're bound to love:

Alligator Blues
deefa  
8 Sep 2009 07:24 | Quote
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Clapton's version of the Crossroads blues is a nice intermediate level song to get to grips with. It's on the Cream 'Wheels of fire' album if you don't know the tune (though it's probably on u-tube as well).
I find the best kind of blues are the one's that come from the heart.
Try setting up a twelve bar rhythm in your favourite soloing key (E in my case)and loop it, then sometime when you're feeling really sorry for yourself, jam your guts out to it (don't forget to press record!) I've had some of my greatest (guitar) moments like that!

Also have a listen to almost anything the late Paul Kossoff has done (Free, Back Street Crawler). He had a vibrato that would tear your soul in two!


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