Basic 12 Bar Song List

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Basic 12 Bar Song List

Post by mattshipp »

Hi All,
I just joined the forum. Seems like a great place.

I apologize if this has been covered, but I can't find it on the forum or online. I am looking for a solid list of songs that I can play with the most basic 12 bar pattern (4 Bars of I/ 2 Bars of IV/ 2 Bars of I/ 1 Bar of V/ 1 Bar of IV/ 2 Bars of I)

I find lists online, but they include things like ZZ Top and Led Zeppelin. I'm looking more for stuff that is more traditional from the Delta to Chicago.

Thanks for the help everyone. I'm not a great player, but I can play a little shuffle and a little dead thumb in E and A and would like to get the most mileage out of my meager skills.

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Re: Basic 12 Bar Song List

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The more traditional you go, the more songs are 12 bar based...
Most public Domain Blues songs are 12 bar Blues.
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Re: Basic 12 Bar Song List

Post by VikingBlues »

Hi Matt, and :welcome:

Don't know if this link is any good.
It says it's a mixture of traditional type songs commonly performed in the blues idiom, and some are public domain.
A fairly long list. Need to download the PDF file to get the full song.

"Meagre skills" are what most of us are stuck with - but it's still possible to have a good time playing despite that! :D

Good luck with your search.

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