Saturday, August 7, 2010

OPINION: 5 Greatest Blues Guitar Players of All Time

Stevie Ray Vaughan
By Ian Fraser

Blues guitar players have a feel unlike any other guitarists in any other style. They take simple notes and piece them together into emotional solos, licks and riffs that stand the test of time. While there are hundreds of blues artists out there a select few have really paved the way for popular artists that are now taking the blues scene by storm. Below are the 5 greatest blues guitar players, in my opinion of course, of all time.

B.B. King

Few will argue the amazing impact B.B. King has had on the blues over the past few decades. Him simplistic yet soulful style of playing is second to none, and often imitated but never duplicated. He's influenced more blues guitar players then anyone else on this list, and has become some what of a house hold name even to those who don't know the blues.

Albert King

While not as popular as B.B. King, Albert King was one of the "three kings of blues" (the other two were B.B. King and Freddie King). A huge man standing 6. 4" and 250 lbs he put his soul into every performance. His first major blues hit came in 1959 with "I'm a lonely man" and he continued to record, perform and write up until his passing in 1992.

Buddy Guy

A pioneer of the Chicago Blues style of the blues Buddy Guy has been touring, playing, writing and performing for over 57 years. He was ranked 13th on Rolling Stong Magazines top 100 guitar players of all time, and has even had his own style of the popular Stratocaster Fender Guitar named after him. Famous blues guitarist and number five on our list, Stevie Ray Vaughn was quoted as saying "Without Buddy Guy there would be no Stevie Ray Vaughn" in Guitarist magazine.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Like so many musicians, Stevie Ray Vaughn left us too early in his life. He died in a helicopter crash in 1990 at the age of 35. Like Buddy Guy, Vaughn was ranked on Rolling Stone Magazines top 100 guitarists at #7. An award winning blues guitarist earning several Grammy nominations and wins he was one of the most popular blues rock guitarists of the last 30 years.

Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters was considered the father of the Chicago Blues style of blues, and ranked #17 on Rolling Stones top 100 guitarists of all time. Muddy brought the blues across the ocean to England and toured North America extensively. He actively played and toured for 41 years and died in 1982 at the age of 68. Notable songs were "Forty Days and Forty Nights", "I'm your Hoochie Coochie Man" and "I Just Want to Make Love to You".

Wish you could play like some of these guitarists? It all starts with blues guitar lessons. Why not enrol for some online blues guitar lessons to start sharpening your skills. You'll be playing some of these artists songs in just a few months.

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