How To Write A Blues Song Disclaimer
I wrote this how to write a blues song hub for amateurs. I am no professional songwriter, and I am not a professional song writer. If you have found this hub looking for a professional how to advice for writing blues songs, look somewhere else. I enjoy writing songs, and blues just happens to be my favorite type of music to play and improvise. Writing a song and being creative with music is something special. Only those who experience this understand.
The feeling that blues music offers surpasses other genres for me. Blues music is a gift to me, even if I am not a gifted blues writer or player. Blues changes my emotions and calms me. Writing music is a therapeutic activity I would love to share with others. These directions for how to write a blues song, although not extremely technical, will hopefully encourage and inspire you to try it on your own.
How to Write if you Haven't Lived the Blues
This is the how to for writing a blues song. Blues is a feeling and a genre of music. When someone says "You've got the blues," it either means you are a cool cat or you are depressed. This hub focuses on the cool cat meaning. This is not about how to write a depressing song, so let that myth of the blues be busted. The blues is a "cool" genre of music that was born out of African American influences. You can literally trace the evolution and migration of blues music all the way to Chicago. Writing blues songs is an American tradition.
Some people say that you have to experience the blues in order to write blues songs. These people would tell you that you need to come against some hard times before you could possibly know how to write or perform blues. Those people have a limited view of the blues. There are at least two paths to writing blues songs. You can write a blues song the hard way, or the easy way.
The hard way includes getting yourself in trouble, losing your job, girl/guy, money, drinking your worries away, and wearing sunglasses everywhere, including indoors, at night. If most of these things apply to you, then you just need to get yourself a harmonica and a guitar and you will be ready to write blues songs about your own life.
This hub will attempt to give direction and inspire without living the blues. These are directions for those of us who love blues for its expressive potential, even if we didn't live through its creation. This is for those who haven't picked cotton, migrated to Chicago, or played on the street corner for change.
Blues Song Patterns And Styles Vary
One of my first songs I wrote was a blues song. The pattern of blues
songs makes it a quick and easy write compared to most other song
forms. There are no real rules for the blues, just a bunch of things
that most blues songs have in common. For example, John Lee Hooker
didn't really care if he changed through a chord progression, but he
sure could boogie. Then there are blues virtuosos who play variations
of chord progressions and beautiful tasteful solos that make you want
to cry. It's all up to you what you want.
Most blues contain some of the universal characteristics such as:
- Relationship Issue Related Lyrics
- Shuffle Rhythm
- Turn Around to the progression
- Repeating or Call and Response Lines
- Spiritual Related Lyrics
- Feature Piano, Guitar, and/or Harmonica
How to Write a Blues Song Step One: Immerse Yourself
This seems a no brainer, but you have to start listening to blues if you don't already. Whether you use your MP3 player or your old record player, listen for chord changes, repeating lines, and soulful melodies. Even better, go see someone play blues live. You will get to see the emotion needed to play and sing in the blues style, and you will come home with the smell of blues on you just as much as the smell of alcohol and smoke. Seeing legends like Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Ray Charles will give you inspiration that will last at least a day. Buddy Buy exudes an electricity as he performs that will give you chills down your spine. He has performed a few times in Indianapolis at festivals, and walks through the crowd every time.
Besides listening to the legends you can immerse yourself in some newer blues guys, who are potentially more evolved and sophisticated. Chris Cain and Robben Ford exemplify progressing styles of guitar solos. They will make your spine tingle with their soothing smooth tones. Keb' Mo' is another guy who is a must for the aspiring blues writer to study. Keb' Mo' is half Robert Johnson, and yet he is still one hundred percent unique. He's the Billy Joel of blues, and the best chance for keeping blues mainstream besides Clapton.
Budy Guy And Johnny Lany Can Write Great Blues Songs
Rock Me Baby: Blues Legends
How to Write a Blues Song Step Two: Choose a Theme
You lost your job, your best girl left you, your baby is cheatin. Whatever the theme figure out what you want to say. Blues songs don't have to be about suffering, but they commonly are because blues are rich with feelings. Personal struggles give the songs more live and validity. Write your song in first person for the most personal touch. For example, "I woke up on the wrong side of the bed cause you were missin this morning." The one line describes a lot more that's going on than simply getting up in the morning. Many blues lyrics create inferred ideas that are metaphors. Many times they are sexual or spiritual. The term "rock n roll" has sexual meaning. B.B. King sings one called "Rock me Baby." Buddy Guy's show stopper is when he sings "Love Her With a Feeling" which includes the lyrics: One leg in the east... ...one leg in the west... ...I'm right down the middle... ...tryin to do my best!. Then the crowd goes hysterical, especially those who aren't familiar with the song.
Jam Track in C
How to Write a Blues Song Step Three: Write the Music
Hopefully you play an instrument, but if not try this. Try tapping the rhythm as you sing your song. Another option is to download some generic blues background tracks to sing to. These are helpful if you want to learn how to solo on guitar, harmonica, piano, etc. You can work out your parts. Then you can record yourself with your computer with an inexpensive computer mic or use some studio recording equipment for the real deal. It doesn't have to be perfect. Remember it's the blues, so it can sound a little rough.
12 bar blues is a common simple structure of blues you may want to try first. 12 bar stands for 12 measures, and you can read all about it at the pbs.org website explanation of 12 bar blues.
Blues Song Example
- My Mysery
A blues song by the author of this hub, Blake Flannery.
How to Write a Blues Song Step Four: Edit Your Blues Song
You should perform or play your song for people to get their feedback. Use some people who are musicians as well as others who aren't. This will give you a chance to polish the song further and make sure it is listenable for the average person. You may get suggestions about lyric fit, timing, or melody changes that will improve your song. When you are done, write another one. You will only get better with time and practice. I have included a link to a sample of one of my original blues songs: "My Misery," and I included a video of me playing the first blues song I ever wrote. Maybe it will give you some ideas. Don't copy them too much, I did copyright them. Please share it if you are able to write your own blues song.
Blues Song Lyric Examples
Below are a couple examples of blues songs that I have written. Use these to look for some characteristics of the blues, but don't try to copy everything. The blues is a flexible style of music.
The Blues will be Around
The Blues will be Around
WELL I GOT A GUITAR A FEW YEARS AGO
I STARTED PLAYING WITH MY BROTHER’S PIANO
BACK THEN I STARTED WITH THE BLUES
IT’S JUST THE KIND OF MUSIC YOU JUST CAN’T SEEM TO LOSE
THE BLUES’LL BE AROUND AS LONG AS I’M NOT DEAD
WELL NOW I’M ALWAYS STAYIN’ UP REAL LATE
CAUSE THE TUNES I’M PLAYIN’ JUST CAN’T SEEM TO WAIT
NOW I’VE GOT A RYTHYM GOIN’ IN MY HEAD
SOMETIMES I EVEN PLAY LAYIN’ IN MY BED
THE BLUES’LL BE AROUND AS LONG AS I’M NOT DEAD
WELL IT STARTED WITH THE SLAVES SINGIN’ WHILE THEY WORK
AND CARRIED OVER TO THE SONGS THEY SANG IN CHURCH
RAY CHARLES STEVIE RAY AND B.B. KING
THEY PUT A LOT OF FEELING IN THE WAY THEY SING
THE BLUES’LL BE AROUND AS LONG AS I’M NOT DEAD
My Misery Lyrics
Sometimes I’m tired Sometimes I’m blue I feel so shameful When I think of you You reach in my head You wash away my misery I get so hung up I need something new I feel so dirty I made a mess for you You reach in my head You wash away my misery You scrub the shame You sweep the hurt You mop my heart Every time you flirt You reach in my head You wash away my misery There ain’t no feeling like when I’m walkin with you You give me peace like I Never thought I’d feel If I ask you to You’ll stay with me Won’t let me go You’ll End my suffering You reach in my head You wash away my misery You scrub the shame You sweep the hurt You mop my heart Every time you flirt You reach in my head You wash away my misery
Tips For Writing Your Blues Song
- Don't put too much thought into your song title: Use some of the lyrics you have written already as your title. Don't go for anything abstract. Blues music is mostly direct and hones with the exception of sexual innuendos, so make sure your song title is easy to understand.
- Write matching lyrics and music: The words to your song should be consistent with the music. Ask yourself, "Are the words in this song consistent with the feeling behind the music? If not you should write different music, or change the lyrics.
- Keep writing new songs: If you get stuck while writing a song, move on. There's no sense in wasting your time on one song when you can learn to write songs even better with more experiences. Let your creativity flow first, then you can be picky when you revise and record. When a song is complete move on. This way you learn from writing more distinct songs.
Shirley on August 11, 2015:
Thank you for sharing this Article with us
I think you made it as easy to get it started
and give us an Idea ,,Awesome love it thank you,,
joe ibe on March 08, 2012:
blues are good music, but i don't hear blues much. it remember music power.
steve bluesboy hudson on March 04, 2012:
Anything on the blues has got to be cool, and this info is er....... oh yeh COOL !!!! Seriously though, thanks for this info, anything about the blues is welcomed by me, i went to a gig once, and spoke to a blues musician about how i would never be able to play the blues like them, he looked at me and said, "so what, just feel those blues, pick up that guitar and make a noise, and if you feel good, who cares, you got the blues, well i tend to do just that, no hard fast rules, the only one really being to use the chords in the right place, and if you want to include various beats in the song e.g. slow down or speed up, then why not. I do tend to play in open tunings though as my fingers just aint that quick, and open tuning seems to help me out. Anyway ive always said writing your own stuff is best, as no one can say you got it wrong, "i got it wrong ya bum ? cant have dude, this is my song !" Thanks for this article, stay blue, from Steve in the UK.
Terra Shaddy on February 21, 2012:
I love Blues songs and i have passion to sing because am born to love, all i need is someone to encourage me. i have 9 Tracks already in my Master CD. Waiting for the right time to Remix it. if u care to feel it we have to agree on business. because i need a partner. the song is all about my love life TRUE STORY, I cry whenever i play the song on my DVD, its all about heart break and love of First experince
Sam F on January 18, 2012:
Cheers for this piece, im doing about how to write songs and the key characteristics of them at college. i found this very usfull
Lisa Olive on December 10, 2011:
Thanks I think this is really well writen hub no matter what Slave2No1 says. Well done!
mrs.sparlins a nice person not on November 29, 2011:
please make up a song for us im 105 years old and im a rat please help
Frankie on November 17, 2011:
Thanks you just helped me with my music homework :)))
Kathryn on August 18, 2011:
heya thanks 4 the help. I need 2 compose 4 my G.C.S.E music theory and that helped :) xx
Joey Lambert from Greenville, South Carolina on June 06, 2011:
Wow! I just came across this and think it's really cool that you tried to help people out. Though you stated you were not a pro, this dude Slavelady Knowitall 101 had to step up like a chump and be Mr. Cool! You were even nice about his idiotic rants at first. Man, you are nicer than me! There is nothing worse than some wise a** trying to step up and be a hero. WOW! He really has no life...trying to steal your thunder. What a SCHMUCK! Keep on truckin'! P.S. ---I have never heard Blues Sonnets Slavelady, Buddy Guy would smack you!
sean sweeney on August 16, 2010:
thnx man . this was really helpful.blues is hard to come by in ireland, so this was a massive help.i gonna go and try write some meaningful blues now . but i have a feeling my band will hate me writing anything but rock
Love austin on August 06, 2010:
Nice hub i love it
manum on June 15, 2010:
mmmmm, mmmmmm, aaaaa, you know
the blues played backwards
ay still the blues
my beating heart
does int it.
Luciano on April 04, 2010:
This was helpful, thanks man. I needed some ideas on writing some blues songs for my band (in spanish since i'm from Latinamerica). Cheers from Peru.
William Cobb from Columbia, SC on April 01, 2010:
Yeah... I was lucky with the Ibanez I bought... Less than $200 but came setup pretty decently.
Blake Flannery (author) from United States on April 01, 2010:
It's a cheap Carlo Robelli guitar that I got for free from Sam Ash when a buddy and I took the sale list from Guitar Center and gave it to the Sam Ash guys. It is more of a beater guitar. I took off the pick guard and adjusted the neck to get a decent sound out of it. I have it out on loan to a friend who is trying to learn. The problem with most of the cheap guitars is that they are set up poorly to begin with.
William Cobb from Columbia, SC on April 01, 2010:
What kind of guitar is that in the video there, "The Blues Will Be Around?"
Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on March 20, 2010:
Enjoyed reading your article; good hub.
Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on February 12, 2010:
Very nice hub! Feeling it....
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 22, 2009:
I like singing and I like playing music also. thanks for share your great idea about how to write blues song. Garry More is my favorite singer. He is great talented in blues song. NIce lyrics also.
Blake Flannery (author) from United States on September 16, 2009:
No hard feelings Slave2No1, I am glad to have met you here on my hub
Slave2No1 from Oneida, NY on September 15, 2009:
Thanks Blake..... I hope I've repaired any damage done and added a few things worth reading &/or taking the time to look into. Seriously, get the Gene Lees book.... about $15 at Amazon. It has been a lyrical life-saver to me since the day it came out. Mine isn't torn & tattered yet, but then it's a hard-cover. Once you get into it, you'll find it tough to ignore. It's a GREAT book, just for the general information, let alone the actual use for finding rhymes.
Blake Flannery (author) from United States on September 15, 2009:
Thanks for the blues writing suggestions and explanations, as well as the general songwriting tips.
Slave2No1 from Oneida, NY on September 15, 2009:
Others just appreciate the 'atmosphere' or mood that they achieve when listening to (or performing) the Blues. Although "The Blues" has a superficial reputation for being 'sad music', its magical, mystical and even soulfully-spirited influence can be very up-lifting as well, especially when you realize that Blues music has a warmth that wraps around your 'whole being' like a soft blanket on a cold winter's night. Blues isn't really 'depressing' as it would seem, but rather it makes you feel better and even good about your life, who you are, who you have become and your own positive potential. Much of Blues points out: "Every dark cloud has a Silver lining."
(I've been) Down an' out........ been rained on an' drenched....... oh, so wet......
(I've been) Thrown about...... been pained by a hand clenched.... oh, an' yet......
I won't let it get to me..... no, no, no..... on that you can make a sure bet... (oh, yeah, yeah)
When you get an idea (like the example above), re-write it as a few more verses that build on the story-idea or (sort of) say the same thing, but in a different way, or from a different angle or view. Add some instrumental 'jam' verses for guitar, piano, sax, harmonica or whatever works for you. A common arrangement is usually: Intro, Verse 1, Verse 2, Lead Jam 1, Lead Jam 2 (etc.) then Verse 3..... more Jams & out..... If you have a repeating Chorus, insert it after all the Verses and repeat it at (near?) the end; or after pairs of verses, depending on how many you have. Listen to what others have done (that you like) and try to duplicate it, but without actually copying it. Well, you CAN copy basic Blues MUSIC and the 'feel', but compose your own lyrics and try for something of an original melody. Remember, it isn't going to fall into your lap like magic.... you'll need to work at it. The more you do, the better you'll get. You can only pour out of a jar what's been poured into it. Don't be afraid to reach down deep and express yourself openly and honestly; that's what the Blues is.... and where it comes from. Innuendo is quite common and can be funny as well, but try to stay away from being blatantly dirty. (Especially since RAP has over-flowed THAT cup to the extreme.)
> If you want or need help with rhymes, get the book entitled:
'The Modern Rhyming Dictionary' by Gene Lees.
(ISBN = 0-89524-317-2).
There is nothing I've ever found that is a better read, so helpful AND incredibly well-organized. It can truly open your mind up to a wealth of ideas, while at the same time it gives you a multitude of avenues to resolve many difficult ones. (Rhymes that work, ones that don't and some you can 'fudge'.)
Don't forget that PHRASING, (IE: How the lyrics fall with & against the beat(s) of the song and where the words either run together, have pauses or get stretched out.), can make a world of difference. What words or parts of words fall ON the beat and how the rest fit between those beats. READ lyrics you've never heard the music for and you will probably revert them to basic poetry. When you do hear them WITH the melody and music, they will (most likely) have a totally different impact on you.
And finally, a lyric and rhyming 'trick' I gleaned from The Eagles: When you write a 4-line verse where the 2nd line rhymes with the 4th, write the 4th one FIRST, then go back and find a good rhyme that will fit the end of the 2nd line. This helps to avoid the 'corn-ball' results of an obviously 'forced' rhyme. If you've ever noticed, THAT is the reason WHY so much of the Eagle's lyrics FLOW... they are so natural and simply work on a higher level. With 'corn-ball' lyrics, you can usually anticipate the rhyme, but with this reverse method, the rhymes can be a welcome surprise and still fit like a glove.
Slave2No1 on September 14, 2009:
I guess it's time for me to be positive, add something here instead of being a butt pain.....
It seems that the majority of Blues tunes follow some form of the 12-Bar format, but it isn't an absolute. Lyrically and melodically it is a feeling, usually sad, but again, it is not an absolute demand on either the composer nor the performer. Take note that in some cases the lyric (story) ends with things being better than they were and the story is about the trials of dealing with a real problem, getting through it, then actually being in a more positive place because of it. In general, most Blues songs tend to be a personal critique of one sort or another, a point of view or sometimes just a simple rhymed rant of complaint. Many Blues tunes stand on their own no matter who does them, yet if a true Blues artist does a song (that may not have been considered a Blues tune), their style can turn it into one. Technique, approach, attitude and feel can define or even redefine almost any piece of material, when it's done by a gifted artist. What is meant by "You have to LIVE the Blues to Play & Sing the Blues" isn't exclusionary; It means that you have to find that part of you that has experienced some form of being put down, trod on, tossed aside &/or deeply hurt by someone or some bummer situation. If you can take those 'blue' feelings and turn them into music and lyrics that compliment each other, get those down & out emotions across and 'bleed a bit' in the process, then you begin to touch the hearts of your audience in a way that only Blues can. Certainly, other types of music play on the listener's emotions and feelings, but each form has it's own way of doing so. Blues is unique because of the connection between artist & audience that "getting it off your chest" is, in a very special comforting "I know what you mean" way... Many people relate to Blues in a 'Been There, Done That' manner.
Slave2No1 from Oneida, NY on September 13, 2009:
I admit, I misjudged you, as I dove in without reading the opening statement's disclaimer first. I admire your attempt to help others. I tried, when not out on the road, to teach both guitar and music theory. Too many seemed to expect my abilities to magically rub off on them without any serious practice. Some came to me thinking they'd leave knowing EVH licks before learning chords. (cart before the horse) A few did 'graduate' and actually learned to play and then went on to perform in a band. However, this low % was extremely disappointing. Apparently, I should stick to making music, rather than imparting the knowledge of what is behind it. You have every right to admonish me here as I meant to talk to you personally, not in this open forum where anyone can read it. I should know better..... shame on me.
Blake Flannery (author) from United States on September 13, 2009:
I am not sure if you are looking for a venue to rant about your pet peeves. You can find a forum on this site for that sort of thing.
Maybe you were directing your advice at me. This is fine also, as I have stopped and thought about it. I have even changed a few spelling errors for you, at least those that were not intentional. I am looking forward to your concise, original, and extremely accurate version of this hub. I hope you can educate and entertain better than I. Maybe your hub will actually have traffic besides guys like you, who already know everything.
Good luck in your pursuit of changing the quality of internet posts one author at a time. Check me off your list. You only have millions to go, but don't forget to check yourself.
Slave2No1 from Oneida, NY on September 13, 2009:
Well, at least you took my comment(s) in good spirits. It appeared that you may have ingested 'good spirits' when you posted the original, although sometimes the same thing can happen when being really tired, like car accidents. Sorry I sounded irked, but I have run across so much 'ineptness' on the web that I wonder if people have grown accustomed to the taste of their own feet. The majority of guitar 'teaching' videos on YouTube posted by amateurs are flat-out wrong. I have yet to find "All Right Now" by FREE posted & performed correctly. However, if you watch the video with Paul Rogers, Neal Schon & Billy Sheehan (lynyrdfan at 5:47) you might catch glimpses of Neal doing it exactly the way it should be done. IE: The verse chords are A, AD-A, D4, D, A, with no bass. (D4 = D suspended or Dsus, which is d+g+a or D with a sharped/raised third. Bass is in the chorus and the 2nd (latter & longer) part of the middle/bridge lead.
Whether that particular tune is considered 'Blues' or not isn't the point. Even basic forms of blues tunes have variations and maybe many do 'sound the same', BUT they are definitely not, no more than trying to play every Chuck Berry (12-bar) tune in the same key with the same chord changes.... yet no two are exactly alike, although I have seen (& heard) some garage bands go out in public and play them that way.
What I'm getting at is the fact that the web is flooded with text and information that is (at least in part), bogus. By text, I mean bad spelling & grammar, regardless of how correct or incorrect the information is. A single posting can be fixed or ignored, but when it is copied over & over... well, IMHO, the web's toilet becomes an out-house in the sun; it stinks. We really MUST be aware of what we post and especially of what we copy. It's always best to take the time and do some research first. If you can, be 100% original and put every word through spell-check, as well as a grammar-check if you have that too. I couldn't get last place in a spelling bee with a hundred contestants, but I make a point of using spell-check or a dictionary for everything I post. Sure, mistakes still creep in once in a while, but it's the obvious EFFORT that makes all the difference. Words and chords (chord voicings &/or changes) have a commonality..... There, their & they're or your, you're & yore may sound alike (in each triple group), but they are all very different. It's the same in music, no matter if it's Jazz, Country, Rock, Folk, Classical or BLUES.
Don't get me wrong, as I'm far short of perfect myself, (no kidding! LOL) I do respect your intent and your attempt to help amateur musicians (or novices) to understand blues music, but I think you should have gotten a long-time pro to review it first, before you posted it. All I mean to say is, keep reaching out to help, but be careful where you step.
THE RESCUE from a RESQUE:
"I saw a person needing help, from drowning in the sea.....
I looked for rope to toss to them, to reach out where they be,
Something that was long enough, but only found a chain.....
Perfect throw, but ended with, my smashing head an' brain.
Been better if, I'd not seen, nor witnessed splashing fun....
In the shallows, on their knees..... oh, what have I done?"
Then there's the episode about helping the little old Lady across the street, and she doesn't want to go. While you are tugging on her, you both get hit & run over by the bus she was waiting at the corner for.....
The saddest thing I've experienced in trying to help people who really need it, is when they refuse it.... I guess that sometimes (for some people) ignorance IS bliss.... but that should never stop you, just make you more aware of the difference between 'need' & 'want', as well as getting it right the first time.
But.... no matter..... getting back to the issue of "How To Write A Blues Song"; Even basic & simple lyrics can become a great blues tune (which many have), but unless the music (chords & melody) is composed by an experienced blues musician, (someone who really knows, understands and feels the blues), those "poetic" lyrics aren't going anywhere.... IMHO. Why? Because the old saying is SO true: It's easier SAID than done.
Blake Flannery (author) from United States on September 11, 2009:
Probably the reason no one has caught the mislabeling of they youtube video I used is because no one really views this hub. Thanks for putting so much effort into editing the hub though. Unfortunately I can't change the video to say 16 bar blues for you.
I know of Bonamasa and have seen him in concert. Thanks for your opinions and the super creative name you gave me "Baked Flunkery." I got to feel like I was in Junior High again. Maybe I can use the name as an alias to comment on other people's hubs without writing any the way you have, if I get bored enough.
Slave2No1 from Oneida, NY on September 11, 2009:
The '12-Bar' blues example (with the photo of Duane Allman) is really a 16-Bar version, sporting a double turn-around. IE: At 4 Bars per section, the 3rd section of a common 12-Bar is repeated, adding an extra 4 bars. Very blatant to the ear of a pro or even semi-pro musician, but it's rather confusing for an amateur or novice if they count it out. I would suggest re-posting an appropriate example that FITS the title "Jam Track in C" when the video itself says: "12-Bar F Blues Jam Track". Someone is REALLY messed up here and it totally amazes me that no one has spotted it before, especially the so-called blues "expert" and author, 'Baked Flunkery'.... shame on you.
At 4 beats to the bar and using the terms 1, 4 & 5, representing the 3 most-used chords in blues (regardless of Key) the simplest form of 12-bar is: 1-1-1-1, 4-4-1-1, 5-4-1-5. There is one basic variation to the first section (1-4-1-1), rarely any to the second section, but quite a bunch to the third section, (apparently including the repeat of the 3rd section, making its total 16 bars). A few other pattern types (shorter or longer than 12 bars) are usually noted by the number of bars to the 'turn-around' or repeat point, where the "1-4-5" chord changes starts/begins again. Many standard Rock tunes (ala Johnny B. Goode) are also based on the common 12-Bar, but are quite often much faster in tempo. Blues tend to be slow, yet very punchy. Some blues are basically 4/4, (as is much of Rock) while others might be written and performed in 6/8 or 12/8. Many times a blues tune will start with the 'third section' as an instrumental intro, or simply do an entire 'verse' instrumentally as an intro, yet some may jump right in with the vocal. (I sincerely hope this helps to clarify things, even a little.) BTW: check out up & coming blues man Smokin' Joe Bonamasa. If you liked SRV, then you'll love Joe. (Note: he 'smokes' on guitar, not cigarettes or weed, TYVM.)
Waren E from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............ on August 24, 2009:
Not that much of a rock fan,I think I'll stick to the blues though!:)
Blake Flannery (author) from United States on August 21, 2009:
Blues is one of the best, if not the best, American or your could even say African American styles of music. And if you like rock, then you owe respect to blues.
Waren E from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............ on August 21, 2009:
I don't hear blues much were I live but you've made it very interesting on this hub..Thanks!?
Blake Flannery (author) from United States on April 22, 2009:
Couldn't agree with you more John. I guess that makes us blues brothers.
john guilfoyle on April 22, 2009:
yea baby,,a fine article...i love the blues...my house houses an electric guitar and bass..acoustic guitar(with electric pickup) and a 9 piece pearl drum kit along with other varied and sundry musical instruments....music can be very powerful if it projects feeling..that is why the blues is so awe inspiring...u can feel it....