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The Blues - In Music, That Is

Pittsburgh Blues Festival If you’re singin’ and playin’ the blues, ready to learn how, or just want to curl up in a comfy chair and read about ‘em, you will find everything you need in the Music Department. A small selection from our blues collection is listed below.

For blues recordings, you may want to visit the Music Department and browse through our large collection of CDs - single CDs and box set collections. If you’ll be staying at home, there are numerous blues tracks on our streaming music sites, specifically Smithsonian Global Sound, African American Song, and American Song. You can listen free of charge with a library card from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.



Blues’ best: 10 blues favorites
Jazz play along includes music CD.
qM175.5 .B55 2004x
The Definitive Blues Collection
qM1630.18 .D4214 2005x
Masters of the Blues Harp (transcriptions)
qM175 .H3 2001x
Mississippi John Hurt (transcriptions)
qM1630.18 .H93 G7 2007x
Includes music CD.
Solo Blues Guitar
qMT 585 .R88 2006x
Includes CD.

Blues Instruction

Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar. Do That Guitar Rag

This is a downloadable instructional video from Overdrive
Beginners blues (for guitar)
(DVD) MT588 .B435 2006x
Blues Improvisation Complete: C treble
qMT 68 .H358 2002x
Includes music CD.
Blues, Jazz & Rock Made Easy
qMT 588 .F448 2006x
Includes music CD.
Blues Piano: the complete guide with CD
qMT 248 .H37 2003x
Includes music CD.
Buddy Guy teachin’ the blues
(DVD) MT 588 .B895 2005x
Instructional video
Essential Jazz Etudes: The Blues
qMT 505 .W49 2003x (and others)
Click on different instruments to check availability
Includes music CD.
Learn to play blues guitar with the greats
(DVD) MT588 .L35824 2005x
Instructional video
Learn to Sing the Blues: 17 tips for performing vocalists
(DVD) MT 893 .L44 2005x
Instructional video
Robert Johnson, King of the Delta Blues
qMT585 .R87 2000
Guitar transcriptions and detailed lessons
Rockin’ out with Blues Fiddle
qMT279.5 .L54 2000x
Includes music CD.

Books about the Blues

Cheseborough, Steve
Blues Traveling: the holy sites of Delta blues
ML 3521 .C53 2004
Evans, David
The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Blues
ML 3521 .E92 2005
Guralnick, Peter, ed.
Martin Scorsese presents The Blues: A Musical Journey
ML3521 .M37 2003
Companion book to the PBS series. The TV program videos are also available.
Hamilton, Marybeth
In search of the blues
ML 3521 .H34 2008
Pearson, Barry Lee
Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers
ML3521 .P39 2005
Springer, Robert, ed.
Nobody Knows Where the Blues Came From: lyrics and history
ML 3521 .N63 2006
Whiteis, David
Chicago Blues: portraits and stories
ML394 .W5 2006

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