What's The First Blues Song You Learned

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Re: What's The First Blues Song You Learned

Postby jawbone60 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:39 am

Jolene learned "corinna corinna" first i think. we found a book of public domain songs and sort of went through it back then. stuff like "bad luck blues" and "new stranger blues", and on to some newer stuff like "wait on time", a few jimmy reed songs, some wolf, a bit of muddy, etc etc.
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Re: What's The First Blues Song You Learned

Postby slide496 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:06 pm

You Got To Move - Slide, Fred McDowell, Open D
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Re: What's The First Blues Song You Learned

Postby Buffalo_Bill » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:08 pm

The first blues song I liked enough to play over and over, taught me ALLOT about music theory.
It is: Messing With The Kid.
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Re: What's The First Blues Song You Learned

Postby crowhue » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:30 pm

If you call it blues then it was Eric Clapton's "Before You Accuse Me" off Journeyman in the 1990's
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Re: What's The First Blues Song You Learned

Postby kiwiblues » Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:01 am

That's definitely blues.
When he does it unplugged he uses lots of riffs from the old blues guys.
crowhue wrote:If you call it blues then it was Eric Clapton's "Before You Accuse Me" off Journeyman in the 1990's
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Re: What's The First Blues Song You Learned

Postby LesRichardForgue » Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:37 pm

JLHooker wrote:One of the night WLAC DJ.'s was "John R., the Hossman" .Another of his sponsers besides Earnies' Record Mart was Royal Crown hair dressing.It was a long time ago ,but I can remember it well.
Hooker



I remember those ads, "brings out those shimmering highlights".
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Re: What's The First Blues Song You Learned

Postby Jakeblues » Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:44 pm

j bird wrote:Jakeblues, you've got a great sounding tricone!

I don't know if it qualifies but SRV's Mary Had A Little Lamb was probably the first tune I sat down to work through. I think it was tabbed out in Guitar Player or something. I didn't have the good fortune of receiving much instruction in my youth...small town, etc. so most of what I started to pick up came from sitting in at blues jams over the years.

In reality I came to the blues backwards from listening to ZZ Top, Clapton, Zeppelin, Stones etc. It might be fun to teach the original and cover songs that transitioned across like Bring it on Home, Crossroads, Levee Breaks, etc



Thanks! Similar road here. I had a teacher who taught mostly folk/country finger-style and flatpicking. He gave me a pretty good start. A lot of blues I heard from second generation players like JOhnny WInter, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Duane Allman, etc.. Had great teacher in high school who gave me some great background in jazz and blues. I went off to college and got pulled in a bunch of different directions but the blues influence survived it all.
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Re: What's The First Blues Song You Learned

Postby ozarkbill » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:37 pm

Little Red Rooster, Delta slide,Spanish tuning. many years ago.
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Re: What's The First Blues Song You Learned

Postby kiwiblues » Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:31 am

Good old walking blues ala Eric Claptons version in open G.
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