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"Must know" blues tunes. Need list.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Mongeaux, Jun 2, 2004.

  1. Mongeaux


    Apr 14, 2004
    In the 90s I played nothing but jazz and there is a set of Jazz tunes that EVERY Jazz player knows. I could go sub for another bass player with no worries as all the Jazz groups in town knew this basic list of standards.

    Now that I have gotten sick of playing jazz for the time being I am working on learning classic blues styles. I feel good with my basic feels but now need to learn a list of tunes I can use for open jam sessions. I have always found gigs by going to open jamz and meeting new players. There are so many great blues tunes I don't know where to start. Many tunes don't require any special bass line and for those I can just play what feels right but many others do have specific bass lines or hooks.

    Any links or suggestions are welcome.
  2. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Erm... how about "I Woke Up This Mornin'" ;)

    How about going to some of the blues based open jam sessions in your town and seeing what the local definition of 'standards' is? Like most genres, blues is pretty diverse once you get down to it so it will help to focus on what's going down among the people you want to play with.

  3. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    The Thrill is Gone, Stormy Monday, Statesboro Blues,Boom Boom Boom Boom,Crossroads, Hellhounds On My Trail, Ain't No Good Life...

    Just look around. These are the first classic titles I thought of. I stopped trying to come up with new ones as soon as I started typing.
  4. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Sweet Home Chicago
    Kansas City
    Crosscut Saw
    Going Down
    Keys To the Highway
    Born Under A Bad Sign
    Love Her With a Feelin'
    Hey Bartender
    Hoochie Coochie Man
    Five Long Years
    Tore Down
    Before You Accuse Me
    Walkin' Blues

    Artists to check out are
    B.B. King
    Freddy King
    Albert King
    Wynonie Harris
    Koko Taylor
    Professor Longhair
    Buddy Guy
    T-Bone Walker
    Jimmie Whithers
    Floyd Dixon
    Willie Dixon
    Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
    Bullmoose Jackson
    Big Joe turner
    Amos Milburn
    Little Walter
    John Lee Hooker
    Elmore James
    Magic Sam
    Howlin' Wolf
    james Cotton

    There's alot more but it's a start.
  5. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    If you can handle jazz, blues is cake.

    I'm in a band that does a ton of blues tunes, and I'm a jazz moron. :meh:
  6. Stormy Monday is fun. Blues with an unexpected twist.
  7. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Baby Please Don't Go - everybody and their mother has covered it, including Aerosmith currently.