Jam The Blues In Every Key

To improvise over any blues you need to be able to figure out the KEY. Now that's easiest by learning Blues Rhythm Guitar which if you have not done yet, is a great course and will teach you how to play a Blues Rhythm in every key which is SUPER important. If you've done it already then you'll have a much better understanding of finding keys. If you have not, then I recommend you hit that one next (before doing more Lead Guitar!).

Remember not to overcomplicate the blues. I used to spend hours jamming along with blues albums WAY before I had any kind of clue about keys or scales or any of that. you have a huge headstart at this point already - so just put on your favourite records and see if you can find the key - there's a bunch of suggestions below if you're stuck on choosing (and you can check your answers!), but don't get stuck down with exact blues changes, or type of blues - just try getting musical with it as soon as you can!

This is the last lesson on this series and I really hope you've enjoyed it and will join me for the next module where we'll start burning the blues all over the neck! :)

Songs To Work Out The Keys

(Scroll dow for the answers at the bottom of the page).

  1. Keep Your Hand To Yourself - Georgia Satellites
  2. Rockin All Over The World - Status Quo
  3. Carol - Rolling Stones
  4. Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
  5. The Sky Is Crying - Albert King
  6. Tore Down - Freddie King
  7. Pride And Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
  8. T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker
  9. Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
  10. Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers

















Answers - Don't cheat, you'd only hurt yourself...

1) A
2) C
3) Bb
4) A
5) C#
6) D
7) Eb (he plays it in E and detunes a semitone, but in normal tuning you should have it as Eb!)
8) G
9) E
10) D

Blues Lead 1: Essential