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Blues Music for the Ukulele

  • Blues music can be a very sad, sorrowful style of music...or it can be full of hope and optimism.

  • It came from the slave workers in the Deep South of America around 1880 singing about their lives and struggles.

  • Mostly blues music has a set pattern of 12 bars, with a set pattern of chords.

  • Robert Johnson was amongst the first famous Blues guitarists.

  • His life and death were full of colourful legends about his talents as a Blues guitarist.

To listen to an excerpt from 'Cross Road Blues' please  press 'Play.'
  • Can you tell what Robert Johnson is singing?
  • What are the lyrics? 

'I went to the crossroad
fell down on my knees
I went to the crossroad
fell down on my knees
Asked the lord above "Have mercy 
save poor Bob if you please" '

  • Rainer, from Germany plays an amazing ukulele called a Resonator ukulele
  • Watch him play this difficult version of the Blues he calls 'Mississippi Blues.' 

(Watch out for the fish Rainer!)     



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