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Sweet Home Chicago

Robert JohnsonHow To Play “Sweet Home Chicago” On Guitar

This great Robert Johnson is a standard you’ll hear a lot at blues jams. The Blues Brothers version is probably the best known version of Sweet Home Chicago, but this song has been played by countless blues bands and probably most of the greats like, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Eric Clapton, Luther Allison, and who knows how many others.

And of course, that means there are probably as many versions of the song as there are people who played it. The best thing to do is listen to all of them and learn each one. You will then be ready for anything when it comes to this song.

And the great thing about this song is once you learn it, you can apply what you learn to many other blues tunes. It’s a classic “Chicago Shuffle” and many, many songs are based on this style. Everything from Statesboro Blues by the Allman Brothers to Baby What You Want Me To Do by Jimmy Reed is in this style. Learning this style of song will serve you well for many other songs and particularly at a blues jam.

First here’s the original Robert Johnson version…

Here’s the Blues Brothers version…

Here’s an allstar version with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Hubert Sumlin and many others…

Red Lasner from TrueFire.com teaches Sweet Home Chicago

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