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(@phillyblues)
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I decided to put the electric guitar down for awhile since everything I played was starting to sound the same. I've picked up my acoustic again and have been searching for a good acoustic blues tune I can learn (or a good acoustic blues artist I can research). I've only been playing for 18 months or so now so nothing too difficult please. Any suggestions would be most welcome.


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(@csmart01)
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I recently learned Life by the Drop by SRV (I played it and my wife sang at the churuch talent show) and it is a great, easy blues tune that mixes it up a bit (it is all blues shuffle and the F#m is strummed, interesting mix). Stevie plays it on a 12 string (more of a man than me... that's for sure). You can find the riffs on line (too lazy to tab them out... sorry).
Here is the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7ZPMScX9-k
Oh crap... I just previewed this and the chord letters shifted over the words :? If you listen to the song you can easily shift them over the correct word. Good luck!

If you have troubles witht he riffs and the intro I'll get them for you, let me know.

Life by the Drop – Stevie Ray Vaughn

Intro [ A A ]

A E
Hello there, my old friend,
F#m D
not so long ago it was 'till the end
A E
We played outside in the pouring rain,
F#m D
on our way up the road we started over again

F#m D E
You're livin' a dream, wo you on top
F#m D E
My mind is achin', Lord it won't stop
F#m½ D½ E½ A A
That's how it happens, livin' life by the drop

A E
Up and down that road in our worn out shoes,
F#m D
talkin' 'bout good things and signin' the blues
A E
You went your way, I stayed behind
F#m D7 (hold…………)
We both knew it was just a matter of time

F#m D E
You're livin' a dream, wo you on top
F#m D E
My mind is achin', Lord it won't stop
F#m½ D½ E½ A A
That's how it happens, livin' life by the drop

A E
No wasted time, we're alive today
F#m D7 (Arpegiate)
Churnin' up the past, there's no easier way
A E
Time's been between us, a means to an end
F#m (hold…………) D7 (hold…………)
God it's good to be here walkin' together my friend

F#m Riff
You're livin' a dream, ……
F#m Riff
My mind is achin', ……

F#m½ D½ E½ A A
That's how it happens, livin' life by the drop
F#m½ D½ E½ A A
That's how it happens, livin' life by the drop
F#m½ D½ E½ A
That's how it happens, livin' life


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(@dan-t)
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Check out Little Brother's stuff:

https://www.guitarnoise.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=37842

Dan

"The only way I know that guarantees no mistakes is not to play and that's simply not an option". David Hodge


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(@rparker)
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One of David Hodges lessons. Get done with it and you got the basic 12-bar Blues thing going. "Before You Accuse Me".
https://www.guitarnoise.com/lesson/before-you-accuse-me/

Roy
"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin


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 Nuno
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Here you can find some acoustic blues as well. It is a link with some Clapton's songs from the Unplugged album.

http://12bar.de/unplugged.php


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(@rparker)
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Nice link, Nuno. Thanks!

Roy
"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin


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(@phillyblues)
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Thanks for the help all!!!


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(@jimatwell)
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Not a song but I've just gone through Keith Wyatt's "Beyond Basics" acoustic blues book. Give you a bunch of different shuffle progressions and licks etc. I really enjoyed it.

Justinguitar.com has a lesson on fingerpicking "Nobody knows you when you're down and out" that you could either strum or fingerpick:

http://www.justinguitar.com/en/ST-202-DownAndOut.php

Seems to be in the same key as Clapton's unplugged recording.


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(@ricochet)
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Listen to any of the old Delta blues. All acoustic. Fat Possum has an album of "Mississippi Hill Country Blues" played on acoustic by a fairly young R.L. Burnside that'll knock your socks off.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


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(@asasmith)
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what a great SRV tune. i forgot all about it. anyone know that riff at the end?

"its supposed to be pickin and grinnin. NOT pickin and scowlin"
-the feez


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(@off-he-goes)
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32-20 Blues is real fun to play.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfFwzRC-bp8&feature=related

Paul

Vacate is the word...Vengance has no place on me or her...Cannot find a comfort in this world.


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(@roundi)
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Wow that SRV song is great, it is now on my ever growing list of songs to learn. I'll have to break a leg and stay home for a couple of weeks or something

I am also happy to see another good website for blues (thanks Nuno)

I am still looking at the rest of these links, sometimes computers are downright handy.


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 Nuno
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I am also happy to see another good website for blues (thanks Nuno)
You're welcome! :D


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