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Pony Blues is one of the themes you can hear in many variations. Some classic versions are Charley Patton's "Pony Blues" and "Stone Poney Blues", Tommy Johnson's "Bye Bye Blues", and not to forget Willie Brown's "M&O Blues". The pony that is probably best know today is Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", made popular recently by Eric Clapton's recording of the song on his Unplugged album.

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If you, as me, like Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", there are at least two sources. The first, and in my opinion the best, is to turn to the original. The song is transcribed and analyzed in Woody Mann's book/CD set on Big Bill Broonzy's.

The other option is of course to get the transcriptions of all the songs on Eric Clapton's Unplugged album.

For other versions of this and more classic blues, I recommend:

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The New Transcriptions
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Delta Blues Guitar - Book
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The second volume in Stefan's classic series. Feature music by Charley Patton, Son House, Willie Brown, Tommy Johnson, Ichman Bracey, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson, Skip James and others.
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Early Roots of Robert Johnson
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Learn essential exercises and tips as they are presented in this compilation of tunes that influenced the legendary Robert Johnson.
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101 Mississippi Delta Blues Fingerpicking Licks
This book/CD set examines four- and eight-beat blues licks which may be played within typical chord patterns in the most commonly used blues keys. Written for fingerstyle guitar, complete with pima fingering for the classically trained guitarist, the licks vary in difficulty but all lie within the capability of the beginning to intermediate player.
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The Complete Robert Johnson
Transcribed by Woody Mann, performed by Robert Johnson. Guitar tablature songbook for guitar and voice.
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How To Play Blues Guitar - Lesson 3
In the third lesson Delta blues guitar techniques are taught with songs and ideas by Son House, Willie Brown, Charlie Patton, Tommy Johnson and Skip James.
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The Power Of The Delta Blues Guitar Volume 2
In this edition, Block concentrates upon the unusual and diverse styles of Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Charlie Spann and Robert Johnson.
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The Power Of The Delta Blues Guitar Volume 1
Rory Block dissects and teaches a breathtaking set of key Delta Blues performances, including the rhythmic pounding of Charlie Patton, the fingerpicking style of Tommy Johnson and the slide/open-tuning sounds of the great Robert Johnson.
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