Gibson’s 10 Iconic Blues Riffs & Melodies is focused on playing – maybe fooling around and coming up with your own riffs. But it could just as easily be called The Best Blues Songs of All Time.
Yeah, I know, there are a few thousand tunes competing for that honour, but it’s a pretty impressive list. Songs written by giants like Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson, and played by the masters: Sumlin, B.B., Buddy Guy, Elmore James, Albert King, Clapton, Hendrix and Johnny Winter. It doesn’t get much better than that.
But the article’s main point is a good one: mess around with something you already know and it might take you somewhere new. I’m sure that’s how most songs are written.