Watch the Limehouse Blues online guitar lesson by Brooks Robertson from Essentials: Boom-Chick Fingerstyle Etudes
"Limehouse Blues" is another great standard that many jazz musicians as well as guitar instrumentalists play often. It was written in 1922 by Douglas Furber (who wrote the lyrics) and Philip Braham (who write the music). Chet Atkins used to learn the lyrics to songs that he played instrumentally, so that he could better phrase the melody like a singer, something to consider doing with any tune you arrange. Atkins and Les Paul recorded a great rendition of "Limehouse Blues" on their second album, Guitar Monsters in 1978. We'll tackle this arrangement in the key of G Major and will focus on the chorus of the song.