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Worried Blues

Lesson ID: A0164

“Worried Blues” is an old song from the early 1900s written by a country blues musician named Frank Hutchinson. Hutchinson was best known for playing slide guitar with the guitar held in his lap. His song “Worried Blues” has been recorded by several artists over the years, including a popular fingerstyle arrangement by Doc Watson.

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a country and bluegrass flatpicking arrangement of “Worried Blues”. This arrangement is in the key of G and we’ll play it with a nice mix of “Carter Style” boom chick strumming and country blues flatpicking licks. First I’ll teach you two complete instrumental breaks that have a nice bluesy country sound. Then we’ll work through the “Worried Blues” chords and lyrics. After you learn the guitar breaks, practice your flatpicking with the “Worried Blues” backing track in G.

Overview

Instrumental Break 1

Video 1 – Playthrough with Tablature

Video 2 – Full Breakdown

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Tablature Line 1 Breakdown
04:51 min Tablature Line 2 Breakdown
10:18 min Tablature Line 3 Breakdown
14:49 min Practice Along with Me

Instrumental Break 2

Video 1 – Playthrough with Tablature

Video 2 – Full Breakdown

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Tablature Line 1 Breakdown
05:21 min Tablature Line 2 Breakdown
08:51 min Tablature Line 3 Breakdown
11:56 min Practice Along with Me

Chords & Lyrics

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Rhythm Overview
00:56 min Worried Blues Chord Progression
02:16 min Chords and Lyrics
04:33 min Bass Line Walk Example
06:29 min Chords and Lyrics Continued
09:44 min Song Ending
10:44 min Strumming Patterns and Rhythm Tips

Backing Track

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Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
3 years ago

Again, thanks Devin it’s another good one!

Alex
Alex(@alexcontinilive-co-uk)
3 years ago

Amazing, as always. Great stuff Devin. I’ll try to sing along too!

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
3 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Of course I am…thanks!

Alex
Alex(@alexcontinilive-co-uk)
3 years ago
Reply to  Devin

That’s brilliant. Thanks Devin. Can’t wait for the working week to end and give this a go!

Geoff
Geoff(@geoff)
3 years ago

Thanks man, you make it so easy to learn. I still think you have the best lesson site online. Keep it up!

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
3 years ago

Different strumming patterns, quality teaching and video and you teach me how to use instrumental breaks and building arrangements with chords….well this is what I was looking for, for many years! Thanks Devin!

Alton
Alton(@alton)
3 years ago

Awesome lesson man! Your lessons are really helping me out, I’m learning a ton.

Birgit
Birgit(@b-scholbebluewin-ch)
3 years ago

Such a great lesson. I’m learning a lot. Excellent explanations. Such a bluesy song and I learn how to spice up the song with little base line walks and different strumming patterns. All what I was looking for, for a long time! Thank you Devin.

Kevin
Kevin(@kevin-mooresvirginmedia-com)
2 years ago

My band is doing “Worried Man Blues” at the moment and this fits perfectly. Thanks.

C White
C White(@g)
2 years ago

I really enjoy lessons like “Worried Blues” where you play, sing and show instrumentals.
Lots of fun.

johnny S
johnny S(@jlselfincgmail-com)
2 years ago

Great song to jam with!

j.phillips189
j.phillips189(@j-phillips189btinternet-com)
1 year ago

enjoying this lesson – nice mixture of flat picking and strumming.