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Bright Lights, Big City

Intro and Basic Rhythm

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Bright Lights, Big City > Intro and Basic Rhythm

In this first lesson on this classic tune by Jimmy Reed we will focus on learning the intro and the basic rhythm to get started. If you listen to the original you may notice that it is in the key of A (Jimmy Reed used a capo and played in E position). The version I play here is in E but you are welcome to capo it to any key that works for you. I have tried to adapt the song here to a solo acoustic style, even though the original is with a full band. Of course, this is a great tune to play with harmonica, either on a rack like Jimmy Reed or with a friend.

I hope that you enjoy this one.




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues
Corey Harris
Jimmy Reed
Chicago Blues
Bright Lights Big City

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:26 Run-Through of Bright Lights Big City


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 2:56 Intro Breakdown

Loop 6:32 Rhythm Breakdown

Loop 10:23 Closing Thoughts





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Steve H
Steve H May 09, 2016

Always love the Jimmie Reed!


Harry Roullier
Harry Roullier Apr 20, 2016

Hi Corey:

 I posted a video on Frankie and Johnny Bass and endings, Hope you can look at it when you get time.

Thank you

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 25, 2016

Will do...thanks for posting.

tom dancer
tom dancer Apr 16, 2016




Boyd R
Boyd R Apr 16, 2016

One great and fun song to learn and play thanks, i don't care for my singing voice. I'm going to give it try I have a low voice. I'm going to have to use capo to match my voice   I think. It will take time

Corey Harris
Corey Harris Apr 25, 2016 what you have to do to make it work for you and take your time.  Sometimes a song is like new to break them in.

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