Blooz I can Yooz.
March 1, 2008 7:44 PM Subscribe
I'm a good guitar player, but I can't play the blues. I mean, the real blues. Help me learn.
posted by unSane to media & arts (18 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I've been playing guitar for more than 20 years. I've played hundreds of gigs, made commercial CDs, national radio play, been reviewed in NME... but I've never really mastered the blues. Mostly because I wasn't interested in playing it, even though I listened to it.
But now I'd like to learn.
The problem is that almost everything I look at, I already know. I know the blues scale. I know mixolydian. You show me a ZZ top tab, I can play it. I can even fake a BB King solo over 'The Thrill is Gone'.
But I can't play the blues. I can't vamp a 12 bar, not really. I get lost in the turnarounds. I just sound like a white guy faking it, which I am.
So, assuming that I can read any tab you throw at me, that I have the technical chops required, that I know my scales and chords, what are the best resources for actually sounding like I know what I'm doing?
(I'm really good at playing by ear but I find that when I hear a huge flurry of blues notes I tend to vague out..)
Data point: I love Freddie King and Albert King. Lightnin' Hopkins and John Lee Hooker. Hubert Sumlin. ZZ Top.
BB King, not so much. Eric Clapton, not at all.