So on my Journey as a modern day, lone guitar bluesman…like I shared in the last post…I found a Blues guitar Sensei…which again, what most people don’t know, or realize…so did Robert Johnson. Now, I walk around with my slide, because I never know when I will be in the presence of an acoustics, and I can get a little playing in. So Sensei hands me a guitar and say’s “so me what ya got!” I pulls out my slide and gets busy….or at least what I think is getting busy. And when I’m done, his response was…wow, this is in you…you just need some technique…which is what we discussed the other day. After we went through some techniques, he pulls out the Tabs…which is the visual representation of the sound…(that’s how I describe it at the least) so he lays out the music sheet, point’s to a tab, and says “play that” we went through this exercise for about 20 minutes….and to both of our surprise, I understood everything, and was able to read it and play it back without hesitation. Now why is this such and accomplishment? First, according to sensei, majority of his students don’t get the tabs….for what ever reason, second, for me, someone who taught themselves the basics of just picking it up and playing…I was a little taken back that I was able to grasp that Theory side of Blues guitar…especially since this is also a career goal…..being able to write what I play can raise the ante for publishing.
I’ve come to realize TABS, as well as everything else, probably only scares people who never really attacked them before. In the early days, when Bluesman where more of the traveling nomad type…just me and my guitar riding trains and things, I can’t really say if they took the time to write the music, or if they even read TABS. I kinda believe they more less just did what I did in the beginning which is just pick the damn thing up and start playing, and when you run into someone with more skill, learn a lick or two by watching….Now I could be wrong, but I think Robert Johnson’s playing stands out because, though he initially taught himself, he actually found a teacher, sensei so to speak, who taught his the ends and outs of that guitar…TABS included..
until the next time…Keep Blues’n babay’s
So it’s been a while since I journaled in my Blues blog, but a lot has been going on. First- I started a new media site in conjunction to this one called RaceFilmMusic, Second- I’ve been working on my journey as a Blues artist, and how I’m gonna present myself to the world. So, what does that mean, it means I’m taking everything I’ve learned in film and music, and i’m going to do my best to give me best in the art form I’m presenting. A song writer from the beginning, I actually taught myself how to play the guitar, pretty much like my forefathers in blues. However, there has been one thing that’s been lingering on my mind, the most notable Bluesman, with the most infamous story, didn’t’ sell his soul to the Devil, he took what he knew, and got a teacher, a sensei so to speak, to teach him technique, amongst other things. Why is this so important to me….because, again you can only be but so good, if you don’t have technique……so little pieces of information makes what you do much better. I upgraded my acoustics to an Ibanez, which sounds groovy!
Thanks for taking this ride, I will be updating you guys more often, as well as having video dialogs with great people in the Blues community on Google hangout…so stay posted!!
and Keep Blues’
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How can we celebrate guitar Bluesman, without acknowledging the one and only BB King!!
Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an African-American blues songwriter, vocalist and guitarist.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and he was ranked No. 17 in Gibson’s Top 50 Guitarists of All Time. According to Edward M. Komara, King “introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed.” King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, because of this he is often nicknamed ‘The King of Blues’. He is also known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career appearing at 250-300 concerts per year until his seventies. In 1956 it was noted that he appeared at 342 shows, and still at the age of 87 King appears at 100 shows a year.
Over the years, King has developed one of the world’s most identifiable guitar styles. He borrowed from Blind Lemon Jefferson, T-Bone Walker and others, integrating his precise and complex vocal-like string bends and his left hand vibrato, both of which have become indispensable components of rock guitarist’s vocabulary. His economy and phrasing has been a model for thousands of players, from Eric Clapton and George Harrison to Jeff Beck. King has mixed blues, jazz, swing, mainstream pop and jump into a unique sound. In King’s words, “When I sing, I play in my mind; the minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.”
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