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Most frequently played blues songs?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Tombolino, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Tombolino


    Dec 28, 2012
    Hi Im a bass newbie,

    There are some open blues jams by where I ..... I want to learn some blues tunes that are often played at blues jams etc.

    I am looking for songs that have patterns, turnarounds, walks ups that can be used a lot in other songs....as opposed to bass lines that are very particular to just one song. Follow me? ;)

    Thank you!

  2. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Mustang Sally
    Johnny B. Good

    I hear those at most of the open mics.
  3. Pride and Joy is the blues song that even someone like me would know. I would get in the SRV catalogue and dig up some of his old jams.
  4. I'll also say that if you learn a few blues scales, most good blues guitar players will know just what to do. Blues can be improved too.
  5. Down Home Chicago
    Pride and Joy
  6. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I go to blues jams a lot.If I was to pin down one song it would be Killing Floor.
    The best thing you can do is not waist time learning songs. You never know what is going to be called out.

    Learn the patterns and rhythms in every key.
    For example, the leader will call out, Bla-Bla song, slow blues in A with a quick change
    or, Chicago shuffle in A flat
  7. Tombolino


    Dec 28, 2012
    By the way, are most SRV songs played in Eb at blues jams?
  8. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    It will be played in whatever key the leader calls out.
  9. It totally varies by city, region, ethnicity, etc.

    Go to the actual jams and take some notes on your phone, or whatever, of the songs, grooves, styles, tempos, and who the players are who are calling the tunes.

    There are also conventions such as starting from the V, the quick IV, the #IV, the II V turnaround. These can be called out on the fly or just before counting off the tune.

    Do a little homework before you go back with your bass. It will be time well spent, and people always appreciate a competent/prepared bass player even if you're new.

    Check Stumbo's blues links and threads for lots of helpful info.
  10. Howlin' Wolf - Smoke Stack Lightning
    Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man
    Willie Dixon - Back Door Man
    Jimi Hendrix - Red House
    John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom
  11. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    None that I've seen.
  12. jeffbassguy

    jeffbassguy "Less is more, unless the guitarist sucks" Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2001
    messin with the kid and sweet home chicago come to mind as standard blues jams tunes
  13. SlingBass4


    Feb 28, 2009
    Kansas City
    Let's not go there...and say we did :p
  14. Smokin' Toaster

    Smokin' Toaster Supporting Member

    Tore Down
    Stormy Monday
    Born under a bad sign
    Dust My Broom
    Big Boss Man
    Oreo Cookie Blues