Learning Blues Guitar

If you are pondering figuring out how to play blues guitar music, you should take in a little music hypothesis however you will likewise need to realize when to jettison it. In the event that you have the sort of cerebrum that thinks there is a “dependably play this note toward the beginning of the bar”, at that point you have to relinquish that mentality.

The supposed “blue note” is an a valid example. The blue note is the straightened fifth of the scale, and if you are working it in to play it doesn’t take long to get it right. Your own melodic inclination will disclose to you when you should play it or forget it. To begin you off as a blues guitar player, all you require is your pentatonic scales and some an opportunity to take in a few licks from CDs.

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Get a few blues music tunes onto your PC or your ipod and attempt to play alongside the guitar. To start with, attempt and work out and see what should be in it, at that point deal with getting some rough form of a portion of the licks you are hearing. You don’t need to be 100% precise at first. You will enhance as you come to full circle with your new skill.

Jon Kois always tells his beginners drum lessons students, to study blues styles to get an idea of how this form of music is played.

What sort of guitar you play blues music is an inquiry that needs some genuine reasoning. You can play a Stratocaster or a Telecaster or a Gibson ES 35. The Tele sound is splendid and the Gibson has a hotter sound. In the event that you truly haven’t the foggiest and would prefer not to consider it excessively, get a Strat. You can get a sensible form of the Stratocaster for not all that much cash, so you can simply alter your opinion when you have had a little ordeal.

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An inquiry that you don’t hear talked about regularly is the part of bass in blues guitar music. Some amateur guitar players get themselves pulled in to the low pitch guitar yet blues music does not give them an excessive number of good examples to understand how to play.

All the same, the bass fulfills a noteworthy capacity in blues music which can give a bass player a lot of degree for ad libbing performances. The fundamental capacity of the bass is truly to draw the song and the cadence together by adding some shading to the beat area.

Things being what they are, what are some great tunes to begin playing blues guitar with? The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix, Pride And Joy by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Right Next Door by Robert Cray and I Looked Away by Derek And The Dominoes give you a wide collection of blues styles to consider. Different craftsmen you could take a gander at are Albert King, Muddy Waters, Roy BuchananArticle Submission, Robert Johnson and B.B. Ruler.

Singing the Blues

Singing the Blues

Blues developed in the United States in the early part of the 19th century but as the music evolved it has often come to be associated with drugs and alcoholism.  There is a misguided belief that you can’t be a successful blues singer unless you pound back numerous bottles of whiskey.  That really isn’t the case, there are plenty of singers blues and other genres with don’t drink.  Singing the blues is about channeling your emotion and not your alcoholism.

The Voice

What makes a good blues singer?  That is something that is hard to define.  Sit down and listen to some of your favorite blues singers and try and define what makes them unique.  What is it that makes BB King such a good singer, or Nina Simone for that matter?  Neither of them have great technical voices or amazing range, but they both have that indefinable thing that makes fans keep playing their music for decades.  Some call it ‘Soul’ but no matter what you choose to call it you can’t deny that their music makes you feel.  Just listen to BB King sing “The Thrill is Gone” to understand.

Simple is Better

Blues music originated in the Deep South and came from those expressing their suffering in slavery.  It was heartbreaking and they sang about what made them feel sad.  The idea was that singing about the things in life that made you feel sad will make you feel better.  The lyrics were simple but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t creativity or energy borne from that music.  The allow art to manifest organically.  Repetition is often characteristic of blues lyrics.  Much of blues music is about singing about pain and heartache and most blues singer, the really good ones allow their own personal pain to shine through their music.

Singing with Feeling

Singing the blues is about “feelings” but the magic happens when you can do that without being a cliché.  “Singing with feeling” or “feeling the music” is pretty vague and often the terms are overused.  That can come off as pretty inauthentic and that is NOT what the blues is about.  You need to tap into your own emotions and show genuine feeling.  Listen to the music as often and as long as you like until you can define how it makes you feel.  Don’t worry too much about how songs make other people feel, just worry about YOU.

At the end of the day you need to be willing to lay your soul bare and commit to singing with your own unique voice.  That is the magical place where the blues comes to life.

How Blues has Influenced Modern Rock and Roll

How Blues has Influenced Modern Rock and Roll

Ever since the early 30’s blues music has attracted attention because of the personal lyrics, the raw emotion and the compelling chord progressions.  For those that study music, in particular the history of music you can certainly recognize the influence of blues music on the music of today.  Vocalists today and the growls and moans that permeate their music wouldn’t exist if not for the blues singers of days past.  Let’s have a look at how blues has influenced modern rock and roll.


Screaming vocals have personified rock n’ roll since the early 60’s with singers like Robert Plant and Roger Daltrey.  Fans of rock love the raw anger, and the frustrated screams as singers pour out their emotion in song.  These types of vocals cross a range of music from metal, punk and mainstream rock all of it is used to convey emotion.

But would the screams of Chester Bennington even be possible without the scratchy voice of BB King paving the way first.  If there wasn’t Screamin Jay Hawkins would the entire grunge movement even have come to pass?  If you look at the progression of modern music you can see how the blues laid the foundation for what would become rock. music.

“Bending Notes”

Bending notes is done on guitar all the time in modern rock music, but vocalists are also using the same technique.  They start out on a low note and “bend” it to the highest point in order to fill the room with energy.  It was blues vocalists who originally developed this tactic.  Today “bending” notes can be found in a whole bunch of musical styles including soul, fuck and modern rock.

The Performances

Modern rock singers jump around on stage and give intense and sometimes dramatic live performances.  No, not the theatricality of a Marilyn Manson show but the drama associated with the live heavily emotional performances of blues singers from the past.

The ability to convey emotion and make the crowd feel is the whole objective of many vocalists in rock music.  Early blues were said to be possessed by demons when they were on stage.  Scratchy voices reminiscent of too much whiskey and too many cigarettes telling their audience about the world they lived in.  This had been unseen by audiences before.

Modern rock has taken this same raw emotion and supercharged it.  Rock is filled with high energy and bold emotion.  The performers convey more than just sadness, rock also conveys rage, anxiety, fear and happiness.  All of these emotions can be palpable during a live performance.  The blazing guitars and steady beat of the drums fill in the background.  The influence of the blues is evident every time a rock singer grabs a microphone and starts singing.