As a guitarist, you are probably going to be called upon to play something “bluesy” at some point or the other early on in your career.
The foundation of all rock music today (although rock also drew strongly from other genres like electric blues, folk, classical jazz, etc), acoustic blues is a musical form that originated in the African-Americancommunities of the United States somewhere around the end of the 19th century (through the work songs and field hollers of African slaves) in the cotton fields of the Deep South. PIC
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Characterized by a call-and-response pattern and specific chord progressions (most acoustic guitar blues lessons will focus on the 12-bar blues form), in melody, blues is distinguished by the use of the flattened third, fifth and seventh of the associated major scale.
The Basic Patterns Aren’t Complex
Incidentally, most early traditional blues verses were made up of of a single line repeated four times. By the twentieth century, however, the so-called A-A-B pattern made up of a line sung over the four first bars, and repeated over the next four, with a longer concluding line over the last bars (which is the current structure) became standard.
One of the most influential guitar genres of all time, this is also one of the easiest forms to learn.
Playing lead or rhythm requires only intermediate technique and the concepts specific to it provide the basis for a wide variety of playing styles… from early country traditions to jazz and contemporary music. What’s more, the blues allow for a certain rhythmic liberty making it a very self-expressive style of music.
Relying largely on the guitar more than any other musical instrument, the acoustic guitar (thanks to its portability and its closeness (in tone and volume) to the human voice) is the perfect instrument for playing the blues (only after WW II did the transition from acoustic to electric blues take place thus opening up the art form to a much larger listener base).
The Who’s Who of The Blues
From Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker to Big Bill Broonzy, Willie Dixon, Eric Clapton and B.B. King (and his guitar “Lucille”), whose virtuoso guitar technique earned him the eponymous title “King of the Blues”.
Thus making him one of the best blues guitarists of our times, he made a huge impact on our music today.
From here, all other forms of music including jazz, rock, metal, and country originated.
We could even go so far as to state that without acoustic blues, there would be no Presley, no Beatles, no Stevie Wonder and no Zeppelin.
Only One Option Left
That being said, the fact remains that there’s nothing quite like hearing some of the best acoustic guitar blues being played. So pick up that guitar and get yourself some acoustic Blues Guitar Instruction. And you will be strumming all time favorites like: Eagles “Hotel California”, and Bill Withers “Ain’t no Sunshine”, and lets not forget Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy” and Coldplay’s “Yellow” in no time at all.
So if this has made sense to you, then you need to start learning how to play this style immediatly. You can get some free lessons with Tim Pierce Guitar.
Or I’ve got a couple guitar teachers I recommend over at the Renowned Teachers Page.
Question? If you flat a Major you get a Minor. Using C Major chord what did you flatten and what chord did it become?
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