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Keeping Blues Alive By Not Being Traditional
Why artists will kill the blues if they don't progress.
A very simple idea here. If one stays within the so-called boundaries of of a musical genre (in this case the blues) and slavishly adheres to whatever specifics that created that specific sound and vibe, then the music will become a museum piece. I know of many blues and jazz musicians who actually believe anything recorded past the early sixties is crap. Well my fellow musicians, that's a sure way to make sure your musical love dies a horrible painful death.
If you don't innovate and everyone just does the same thing, then it becomes a pathetic watered down shadow of it's former self. The music gets rehashed and cannibalized to stay within these preconceived boundaries. Just realize, there was only one Muddy Waters, (or whoever-fill in the blank) and now it's time to move on. Acknowledge the past, pay tribute to it, and be influenced by it, but for God's sake do something different.
Be Different, Be Criticized, Who Cares?
I have always tried to be creative by adding elements of other styles to my improvisations. So this could be country riffs in jazz, jazz riffs in blues, rock riffs in jazz etc. Whatever I learn I tend to want to apply it everywhere, throw it at the wall so to speak and see what sticks.
This is the only way, at least for myself I can see moving forward and possibly creating something unique I can call my own. Trust me I have had heaps of criticism in my life of playing especially from purists in all styles, too rock for jazz, too jazz for blues etc.Some of it may even be valid but I am searching for sounds that appeal to me so that is what guides me.
I would encourage those that are seeking to create their own style to do what feels right to them and not be afraid of what others might say.
Blues and Jazz Radio
- KJazz 88.1 FM | Gary Wagner
KKJZ 88.1 FM offers the full spectrum of jazz music, from bop to cool, Latin to straight-ahead, swing to big band, and most everything in between. Nothing But the Blues on the weekend.
- Blues Guitar Solo Improvisations
A page about guitarist and instructor Mark Fitchett's blues guitar techniques featuring blues rock, soul jazz blues, be bop jazz blues, fusion blues, country blues and traditional blues performances.
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Guitarists That Matter
Some of the great blues innovators and personal influences. This is an off the top of my head list of some of the guitarists who in my mind have contributed significantly to the vocabulary of the blues idiom:
- Jimi Hendrix
- BB King
- Albert King
- T-Bone Walker
- Duane Allman
- Harvey Mandell
- Johnny Winter
- Jeff Beck
- Robben Ford
- Roy Buchanen
- Danny Gatton
This is not a comprehensive list by any means and I will add more as I think of them. These artists each have their own distinctive style and licks that makes them immediately recognizable.
Fitchett HubPage Links
- Blues: An Original American Music
An overview history of how the blues started and progressed in America.
- How to Make a Living Playing Guitar
Mark Fitchett discussing from his perspective how to survive playing guitar and the pro and cons of university education for guitar.
- Brief History of Guitar
A history of the development of the guitar and it's popularity.
- Blues Guitar Solo Improvisations
A page about Mark Fitchett's blues guitar performance and styles he's learned over the years.
- Bending the Strings in Blues Guitar
About the nuances of bending strings on the guitar
- How The Intervals Work on a Guitar
All about intervals on fretted instruments guitar ukulele mandolin banjo
- How to Memorize the Notes on the Guitar Neck
how to quickly and efficiently learn and memorize the notes on a guitar neck
- The Simplified Basics of Starting to Learn to Play t...
This is the absolute bottom line of how to start playing guitar. The information given here is in small chunks, easy to digest and will give the student a solid foundation to pursue guitar mastery.
- Learning To Play Jazz Guitar From The Beginning
How to approach learning beginning jazz guitar
- Learn The 5 Positions of the E Minor Pentatonic Scal...
The minor pentatonic scale on the guitar, and particularily the E minor pentatonic scale is a blues and rock guitar staple. There have been so many guitar driven songs in this key that one could easily make a case for E being the starting place to le
- Blues Turnarounds For Guitarists
Details on how to play blues turanarounds on the guitar featuring 9 classic blues turnaround examples in tablature