Blasphemous blues question: Light-hearted blues songs recommendations?

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9lives
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Blasphemous blues question: Light-hearted blues songs recommendations?

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Hi from Winnipeg! Since this is my first real post, here’s a bit about me before I give my blasphemous blues question.

I’m a perpetual newbie on guitar. I’m going to be 61 soon and have mucked around on primarily acoustic dreadnought body guitars, learning little bits here and there for 40 years. I sing a bit and play a bit, but not lots—and that may continue to be my general habit. In any case, I do enjoy the little I do. I have also learned enough setup stuff to be able to do minor tweaks, and understand what is going on with the action.

Last summer, I finally traded my mid-90s Guild dreadnought for a new Taylor Academy 12e nylon string. This move has been very helpful. It’s a nylon string experience, but it is a radiused neck with a nut that is similar to my dreadnoughts—1.75” I think. I got it set up quite low, and it is very comfortable. I got the idea to try it when I found I was spending more time with an old Sigma classical guitar—but I’m not disciplined player and have no formal training, and the flat-neck, wide-nut classical style is not up my alley. The Taylor Acad. 12 nylon is a nice hybrid for me. In any case, I am playing more as a result—and I’d like to add a bit more blues learning—I think!

Here is my blasphemous blues question: Can anyone direct me to a few ‘light-hearted’ blues tunes that I might spend some time with? What I mean is—one or two or a few songs that aren’t too dark in tone or lyric. So maybe with more of a major tone feel rather than a minor feel, and maybe not too dirty or tragic? (Has my account registration been withdrawn yet? :-)

If I give examples of what I am after, it would be Sonny & Brownie’s You Bring Out the Boogie In Me, or Doc Watson’s Deep River Blues. I know fun and funny isn’t generally associated with blues as a whole, but if you can spare a couple of 'light-hearted' blues ideas for an old nerd, I will keep learning.

By the way, I am loving 12bar's light-hearted writing in the learning sections of this site. :snacks: :peace:

Cheers!

Drew (9lives…I needed an easy registration name and I like cats).
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Re: Blasphemous blues question: Light-hearted blues songs recommendations?

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"Blues is a good man feeling bad", so there are not many really happy blues songs out there. But there are a lot of songs in a major key, which may be what you are searching for, like Sweet Home Chicago. :bb:

You may also look at BB King, who preferred major scales on most of his songs like Rock Me Babe or his version of Let the Good Times Roll.
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Re: Blasphemous blues question: Light-hearted blues songs recommendations?

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Awesome! Yes, I believe that's what I mean-- the major vs. minor sound (I'm not skilled with the theory language). I will check out those songs. Those will be enough to keep me going right now. Thanks again :away: :wave:
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