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Blues Guitar: Getting Started

Blues Guitarists

If you’ve been seriously thinking about learning how to play blues guitar, like Buddy Guy, BB King or Albert King remember, learning to play the blues guitar is cool but it involves hours of practice, practice and more practice. Lots of people who are in love with the blues guitar are frequent listeners of some of the world’s most popular 12 bar blues like “Red House”, “Sweet Home Chicago” and many, many other blues songs that thrive on the striking appeal of the 12 bar blues form. What most people starting to learn to play the blues aren’t aware of is that there are three great blues forms – 8 bar blues, 12 bar blues and 16 bar blues. The most popular is 12 bar…
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The History of Blues Guitar

Blues Guitarists

Blues Guitar: History The Blues is a genre of music originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States, including Mississippi, around the end of the 19th century. It developed from roots in slave songs and incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants and ballads. In the early 1920’s and 1930’s, guitarists like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Robert Johnson, and Lonnie Johnson ruled the roost as the most influential performers. They used slides to play their music. These slides were usually made from knife blade or the broken or sawed off neck of any bottle were christened as bottle necked guitar. Rooted in African tradition, this became a fascinating aspect of the Blues guitar music that seemed mostly unaccompanied and…
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10 Great Left Handed Guitarists

So uncommon is the lefty guitarist, that you can’t help but be taken aback at the sight of a guitarist playing his instrument in left-hand fashion.  The fact is, however, southpaw six-stringers occupy several high spots on the list of all-time guitar greats. The 10 below rank among the best. Tony Iommi Quite rightly, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford once introduced Tony Iommi as the man who invented the heavy metal riff. With his ever present SG, the Black Sabbath maestro established the gloomy, minor key patterns and foreboding blues-based solos that continue to define the darker side of the genre. Few guitarists have uncovered more permutations within a singular, self-imposed approach. Jimi Hendrix No one saw more possibilities for the electric guitar’s place as rock’s…
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