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Last Updated on March 2, 2024 by Teemu Suomala

Blues is one of the most amazing genres I know. Perfect match of skill and emotion to me. What do you think?

When getting into blues, it’s super important to find easy songs to learn so that you can get some quick wins. This post will get you started with learning some simple blues masterpieces. (Remember to challenge yourself with some harder songs as well tho).

All of the songs included in this post are pretty easy to play. Of course, some of these songs include some trickier parts, but in general, these are easy.

Let’s first quickly look at how to use this post and then you can start learning some amazing blues songs.

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Author: Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I love guitars and have played dozens and dozens of different guitars through different amps and pedals over the years, and also, building a website interested me, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website.

I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have also been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as SongsterrMusicnotesGuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar.

I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog (I guess that went the right way…).


How to Use This Post

Scroll down and select your favorites.

If you click:

  • the video image, you can listen the song. 
  • the”interactive tab”, you will be directed to Songsterr where you can learn the song using interactive tab(this is my favorite way of learning new songs)
  • the ’’tab’’, you will find tabs for that songs (if you don’t know how to read tabs, check this guide).
  • the ‘’chords’’, you will be directed to the page where you can learn chords for that songs. 

All the chords and tabs are provided through trusted ”ultimate-guitar.com”, ”Chordify”, or ”songsterr.com”.

In the info boxes you can see:

  • Rating for ”how easy are the riffs?”
  • Rating for ”how easy are the solos?” (I’m going to add solo ratings soon, catched a cold and recovering from it. Written 17.7.2021.)
  • Rating for how easy the song is overall when we look at the both riffs and solos

If you don’t know how to read chord charts, master guitar chord charts here.

Without further to do, here are the songs:

27 Simple Blues Songs on Guitar For Beginners

Crosscut saw – Albert King (1941)

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4

T Bone Shuffle – T Bone Walker (1947)

How Easy Are The Licks?


This melodic blues classic is a great song to master if you are into older blues. It includes fun to play licks between vocals, and the guitar really acts as ”a second vocalist”.

4.5

Boogie Chillen – John Lee Hooker (1948)

How Easy Are The Riffs?


2.5

I’m a man – Bo Diddley (1955)

How Easy Are The Riffs?


4

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Mannish Boy –  Muddy Waters (1955)      

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Super simple blues classic!

5

I Put a Spell On You –  Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1956)

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3

Smokestack Lightning – Howlin Wolf (1956)

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3.5

I Can’t Quit You Baby – Willie Dixon (1956)

How Easy Are The Chords?


3.5

Who Do You Love – Bo Diddley (1956)

How Easy Are The Riffs?
How Easy Are The Licks?

Summary


3.8

Baby What You Want Me To Do – By Jimmy Reed (1959)

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4.5

The Sky Is Crying – Elmore James (1960)

How Easy Are The Licks?


3

Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker (1961)

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How Easy Are The Solos?


3.3

The Stumble – Freddie King (1961)

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Summary

This blues instrumental has been recorded by many blues artists, but the original Freddie King version is still the best one in my opinion. The songs challenges you a little bit, but with a little practice, this song is definitely not impossible to learn.

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Kindhearted Woman Blues – Robert Johnson (1961)

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1.5

Rock Me Baby – BB King (1964)

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Summary

One of my favorite blues pieces…and the best thing is that almost every part is easy!

4.5

Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King (1967)

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How Easy Are The Licks?

Summary

This legendary masterpiece is absolutely worth-a-learn!

4.3

Lucille – BB King (1968)

How Easy Are The Licks?

Summary

Are you crazy about Lucille?

3.5

The Thrill is Gone – BB King (1969)    

How Easy Are The Riffs?
How Easy Are The Licks?


4.3

Ain’t No SunshineBill Withers (1971)

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How Easy Are The Licks?


4.8

Alberta – Eric Clapton (1977)

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Summary


Relatively easy blue piece by Eric Clapton.

2.5

Sweet Home Chicago – The Blues Brothers (1980)

How Easy Are The Riffs?
How Easy Are The Licks?


3.5

Bad to The Bone – George Thorogood & The Destroyers (1982)

How Easy Are The Riffs?


3

Mary Had a Little Lamb – Steve Ray Vaughan (1986)

How Easy Are The Riffs?
How Easy Is The Solo?

Summary

Songs written by Steve Ray Vaughan are generally not the easiest to play. Mary Had a Little Lamb is probably the hardest song on this list, but it’s still one of the easiest Steve Ray Vaughan blues pieces. So if you are ready for a little challenge, this is for you.

2.8

Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues – Buddy Guy (1991)

How Easy Are The Riffs?
How Easy Are The Licks?


3.5

Nobody knows when you’re down and out – Eric Clapton (1992)

How Easy Are The Riffs?
How Easy Is The Solo?


2.8

Suitcase – Keb Mo (2006)

How Easy Are The Riffs?


4

Redemption – Joe Bonamassa (2018)

How Easy Are The Riffs?
How Easy Is The Solo?


3

How to Learn Hard Songs? – 3 Simple Steps

Although it’s a good idea to learn some easy songs at first so that you can maintain your motivation…but it’s an even better idea to always try to improve your skills.

That’s why you probably should learn some harder songs, riffs, and solos too!

 The hardest parts for me are usually fast chord shifts and super fast and complex guitar solos. If I find myself struggling with some songs, I usually do this:

  1. learn to play the song correctly at a very slow speed
  2. speed up the playing with small steps
  3. practice the hard parts more than others

These steps have helped me to learn many hard songs, riffs, and solos. The time period spent practicing varies, but eventually, songs start to sound right at the correct speed. That’s how real skills are developed, with practice, practice, and practice. But the end goal is worth all the hard work.

The #1 Guitar Practice Mistake When Learning Songs

Please, check this short video I crafted so that you can avoid the #1 practice mistake I made when I started playing:


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Conclusion

I hope that you find blues songs to master from this post!

However, it’s always a good idea that you cover some basic things about the guitar ASAP. This post will help you with that: How to Play Guitar? Get Started Fast and Free!

Also, if you want more easy songs to master, check this post out: 70 Easy Guitar Songs for Beginners from Every Genre (With Tabs and Chords).

Teemu’’the play easy songs’’ Suomala

Teemu Suomala

I first grabbed the guitar in 2009. I started this website in January 2020 because I couldn’t do window installation anymore due to my health problems. I also noticed that most guitar websites don’t do a really good job, so I decided to just go for it! I got lucky and managed to get awesome people to help me with my website. I also got lucky because I have you visiting my website right now. Thank you. I do all this for you guys. If you have any recommendations, tips, or feedback, just leave a comment, I would love to chat with you. I have been fortunate to produce content for several large guitar websites, such as Songsterr, Musicnotes, GuitarGuitar, and Ultimate Guitar. I spend my spare time exercising and hanging out with my wife and crazy dog(I guess that went the right way…). Expertise: guitar learning techniques, electric guitars, and guitar amplifiers. You can connect with me on LinkedIn or just email me.
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