Wanna Play Blues on Guitar? You Gotta Hear These Guys by Jason Michael Scott
The blues go back a long way, all the way back to the late 1800's. Deep rooted in the south, the blues has been a way of self expression for many people. There have been many artists that have been involved in the blues, but most of the famous ones played guitar. To play blues on the guitar and have a good understanding you really need to listen to the guitarists that paved the way. I'm going to list a few artists that are on every top blues guitarists list of favorites.
Robert Johnson - If you don't know who Robert Johnson is then you need to go and buy his album. He is widely known as the grandfather of rock and role and is considered by some, including Eric Clapton, as the most important blues musician who ever lived. All his songs can be found on one double album, he died shortly after recording them so there really isn't a lot out there to hear. But what is out there is pure gold and probably some of the rawest and most expressive music you may ever hear. The man who made selling your soul to the devil a must for any guitarist is at the top of the list of must hear blues musicians.
Muddy Waters - This guy is without a doubt a major player in the history of music. In the late 50's he was touring England and provided the first exposure to what would pave the way for the british invasion. In 1958, during said tour, he gave the British their first exposure to amplified modern blues. The influence is quite obvious as pretty much every group that came out of England during the invasion was emulating his sound and style. If you take any guitarist from that era and ask him who his first real influence on the guitar was, there's a real good chance they'll be talking about Muddy.
John Lee Hooker - His guitar playing was very similar to the boogie woogie style often heard on piano. He had a very unique style of playing that wasn't totally bound by a set rhythm and was accompanied by his almost spoken lyrics. Quite a number of his songs have been covered by some very influential artists and bands including Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, R.L. Burnside, the MC5 and the White Stripes, just to name a few. He has a signature sound that will forever be echoed in the blues.
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Probably the best guitarist out of all the great blues guitarists. His life was cut way too short by a helicopter crash but his legacy will live forever. Stevie's playing could be fast and aggressive or slow and laid back. His best song is considered to be a cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic Little Wing, an instrumental that quite easily could be considered better than the original. He recorded 6 studio albums, one with his idol Albert King, all of which are prime examples of modern blues.
Well these are just a few of some of the truly great blues guitarists. There are many more out there I encourage you to find and listen to. Listening to some of the greats will have a positive influence on your playing no doubt.
Well these are just a few of some of the truly great blues guitarists. There are many more out there I encourage you to find and listen to. Listening to some of the greats will have a positive influence on your playing no doubt. If you are interested in more positive influences on your playing, visit http://www.BecomingaBetterGuitarist.blogspot.com.