Rock Guitar Life – It’s What We’re Here For Dudes!

Although a die-hard blues fan, there nothing quite like an electric guitar screaming out the best quality rock. That’s what this site is about – rock, rock and rock.

Don’t think it’s boring at all – there’s so much  variation and great guitar players both now and in the past that I’m sure this site is going to be filled up with the best videos out there from AC/DC to Deep Purple to Bruce Springsteen.

I’ll probably add some related pages later with info about guitars, amps an accessories – don’t worry it’s not going to turn into a store! The whole thing fascinates me, quite funny really as I don’t even play a guitar. Rock on!

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Steve Ray Vaughan, Jim Hendrix, Robert Johnson – RIP? No Way!

Is it just me or is there some grand design afoot, taking away the cream of rock and roll guitar just when these guys were in there prime. OK, I’ll admit that Robert Johnson wasn’t strictly speaking a rock man, but I bet he would have been! In fact, there might not have been ‘rock’ without RJ, although that’s a bit of a stretch, given that there were many similar guys who had a massive impact on modern day artists.

(Photo by Robert Johnson (Estate/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Archive/Getty Images)
(Photo by Robert Johnson (Estate/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)Archive/Getty Images)

The point is , right from those early days of boogie, the Gods of Rock have been leaving us too early – God only knows (great song, by the way) how Keith Richards is still among us! For those of us too young to have seen SRV in his prime, it must have been a real experience.

The guy didn’t have it try and play great blues, it just oozed out of his skin without even trying. You don’t see that kind of genius at work every day and as we all know, genius comes from mostly hard work and a mysterious proportion of something else – if I could find it and bottle it, I’d be made for life.

There’s a great video of Stevie playing on stage with Eric Clapton, and EC glances over at while playing almost shaking his head in disbelief. He knew that he wasn’t even trying and picking up a storm with incredible jammed variations on a slow Chicago Blues.

The bass player from the Animals (60s rock group) tells a great story about Clapton playing in London and Hendrix was in the audience. He came on stage and asked if he could jam! During a gig! EC wasn’t afraid of no electric guitar player and so he agreed. Boy, did he regret it. After 5 minutes he just stopped playing to watch with his mouth open while Jimi went to town playing incredible fluently.

Eventually, Eric left the stage and was found in the dressing room in a daze, mumbling something about how it was possible for someone to be that good. Truth is that Hendrix was not just a guitarist but a force of nature! I digress, but the point is that it just so happens that many, many of the absolute best checked out early. Here’s a list:

  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  3. Greg Allman
  4. Jeff Buckley
  5. Nick Drake
  6. Gram Parsons
  7. Randy Rhoads
  8. Kurt Cobain
  9. Dimebag Darell
  10. Rory Gallagher

Some of you youngster won’t even recognize some of the names, but you need to check ’em out – they laid the foundation of so much of the raunchy metal and heavy rock we hear around us every day. Yes, whether by accident (auto, plane, drink or drugs!) or suicidal intent, their music seems to have a bigger impact now that they’re gone. Sad isn’t it?

Does anyone remember Marc Bolan? Marc was  a British contemporary, and rival, of David Bowie. After going through the acoustic and glam rock eras, he ended up fronting his own band and writing songs that you could never quite forget, like ‘Ride A White Swan’. Him and his girl friend wrapped their car around a tree and he almost rose to legend status because of it. He was never a mega star, but you might know his music from films such as Billy Elliot’ when the kid danced to ‘I like To Boogie’ written by Bolan? Incidentally, he took his last name from Bob Dylan, an early hero.

“What About The Ladies?” I hear You Ask …

Here’s a list of still living lady guitarists I lifted from theTopTens.com website:

  1. Nancy Wilson
  2. Orianthi
  3. Jennifer Batte
  4. Malina Moye
  5. Lita Ford
  6. Bonnie Rait
  7. Susan Tedeschi
  8. Ana Popovic
  9. Joan Jett
  10. Jan Kuehnemund

Janis Joplin 1970I suppose the biggest point to make here is that I had to go to another website to find the list, because I couldn’t come up with 10 great top lady rock guitarists. Why is it that it’s the guys that mostly turn on our drooling rock guitar adoration? It’s just like that – I cant imagine a female Angus from AC/DC girl band strutting across stage with just a pair of shorts on! Of course, the girls are probably more known for their voices. Janis Joplin rocked this planet for just  a decade or so before destroying herself with drugs and drink. RIP all of you – rock on!

 

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Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Quebec H7C

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Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Quebec H7C.

The Delta blues is one of the earliest designs of blues music. It originated in the Mississippi Delta, a region of America that stretches from Memphis, Tennessee in the north to Vicksburg, Mississippi in the south, Helena, Arkansas in the west to the Yazoo River on the east. The Mississippi Delta place is famous both for its poverty and its fertile earth. The vocal styles range from soulful and introspective to ardent and ardent. Delta blues is also regarded as a regional variant of country blues.

Although Delta blues certainly existed at the turn of the 20th century in some form or another, it was first recorded in the late 1920s, when record companies realized the possible African American marketplace in Race records. The ‘leading’ labels created the earliest records and consisted mostly of one individual singing and playing an instrument;yet, the usage of a band was more common during live performances.

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Quebec H7C.

Present belief is that Freddie Spruell is the first Delta blues musician recorded, as he rose “Milk Cow Blues” in Chicago in June 1926.[1] Record company talent scouts made some of these early recordings on ‘field trips’ to the South; nonetheless, the labels invited some Delta blues performers to travel to northern cities to record. According to Dixon & Godrich [1981], Tommy Johnson and Ishman Bracey were recorded by Victor on that business’s second field trip to Memphis, in 1928. Robert Wilkins was first recorded by Victor in Memphis in 1928, and Big Joe Williams and Garfield Akers also in Memphis (1929) by Brunswick/Vocalion.

Son House first recorded in Grafton, Wisconsin (1930) for Paramount. Charley Patton also recorded for Paramount in Grafton, at the same place in May 1930, in June 1929 and again. In February and January 1934, Patton seen New York City for additional recording sessions. Robert Johnson traveled to San Antonio (1936) and Dallas (1937) for his ARC, and simply, sessions.

Later, the early Delta blues (as well as other music genres) were commonly recorded by John Lomax and his son Alan Lomax, who crisscrossed the Southern US recording music played and sung by ordinary people helping build the canon of genres we know now as American folk music. Their recordings number in the thousands, and now reside in the Smithsonian Institution. Based on Dixon & Godrich (1981) and Leadbitter and Slaven (1968), Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress researchers didn’t record any Delta bluesmen or women prior to 1941, when he recorded Son House and Willie Brown near Lake Cormorant, Mississippi, and Muddy Waters at Stovall, Mississippi. Yet, this claim is challenged as John and Alan Lomax did record Bukka White in 1939, Lead Belly in 1933 and most likely others.

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The defining feature of Delta blues is instrumentation and an emphasis on rhythm and “bottleneck” glissando;[citation needed] the basic harmonic structure is not significantly different from that of blues performed elsewhere. “Delta blues” is also a fashion as much as a geographical appellation: Skip James and Elmore James, who were not born in the Delta, were considered Delta blues musicians. Performers traveled throughout the Mississippi Delta, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Tennessee.

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Quebec H7C. Delta Bluesmen additionally normally sang the traveling lifestyle, tunes in the first person about sexuality and the tribulations caused by leading this lifestyle.

In big city blues, girls singers predominated the records of the 1920s, for example Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Mamie Smith.[2] Nonetheless, in Delta Blues and other rural or folk style blues women rarely recorded the blues. In Delta Blues often female performers had some romantic connection such as Geeshie Wiley attached to Papa Charlie McCoy; to more notable male delta blues performers. McCoy’s brother Kansas Joe McCoy was attached to the arguably more celebrated the seminal Charlie Patton and Memphis Minnie sometimes played and recorded with his wife Bertha Lee.

It wasn’t until late in the 1960s that women started to be heard in recorded performances at the amount they’d previously appreciated. Other women to followed afterwards (among many) were both influenced by Delta blues, and who learned from some of the most notable of the original artists living comprise Bonnie Raitt, Rory Block, and Susan Tedeschi.

Many Delta Blues artists moved to Detroit and Chicago such as Big Joe Williams creating a pop influenced city blues style, nonetheless, this was displaced by the new Chicago blues sound in the early 1950s pioneered by Delta Bluesmen, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, harking back to a more delta influenced, yet electrified sound. This Delta style blues folk music also inspired the creation of British Skiffle music, from which eventually came the men and groups of the British Invasion, while simultaneously affecting British Blues which caused the birth of early hard rock and heavy metal. Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode has said that the group’s album, Delta Machine, was inspired by the delta blues style.

The music called the blues that emerged from Mississippi has shaped the growth of music that was popular in this country and around the world. Turn on the radio. You might pick up some rock with some rap or some tough guitar riffs –.

And what about rap? Skip James, produced Nehemiah Curtis James about 1902 in rural Mississippi near Bentonia, talks about “rappin’ along” in the 1920s. About the same time “Huge” Willie Dixon, in Vicksburg, was composing his first song, “Signifying Monkey,” a piece straight out of the age old tradition of “signifying ” known as “rapping.”

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Quebec H7C. The blues and Mississippi are synonymous to music lovers. The repertoire of any blues or rock band is full of songs, guitar licks, and vocal inflections borrowed from Mississippi bluesmen – from Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, and Son House to Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Joe Williams, Bukka White, and Furry Lewis – just to mention some of the early ones. A couple of generations after, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, James Cotton, and many others were still making Mississippi blues and sending it out all over the world.

As far as historians can tell, the blues were born in the Mississippi Delta, the lyrical and haunting “field hollers, and an elaboration on work chants, “grief” slave tunes.” As early as the American Civil War, white soldiers noted a distinct music created by black soldiers about marching – songs and other toils of war in which they “ extemporized a half-dissonant central part.” These songs were direct precursors to the blues, if not the real thing already.

By the 1890s, the blues kind had been set and the sounds of a distinguishing new music began to be heard beyond the work camps. The new music was filled with tonalities and the polyrhythms of African music and carried the nuances of numerous tribes. Black Americans had borrowed significantly from white man’s music also – its scale, its instruments, its rich folk traditions. The blues did not emerge from Africa; it was born out of two musical cultures – white and black – that were flourishing and growing singly and jointly. The consequence of this large-scale mix was music that was to be the basis of mainstream popular music for the whole 20th century.

With the growth of the blues arrived the spread of a phenomenon referred to as the “juke joint.” In these makeshift buildings that functioned as social clubs, the blues spread and grown. Songs and lyrics were borrowed, adapted from musicians who traveled from joint to joint, and techniques and styles were duplicated and elaborated upon. Young bluesmen left home to follow them in a life on the road and found mentors.

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Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Quebec H7C.

The first Mississippian to emerge from the anonymous folk tradition was Charlie Patton. Produced near Edwards about 1887, he moved to Dockery Plantation in the Mississippi Delta to work. He started playing around the Delta at house parties, dances, fish fries, and juke joints. 1897 to 1934, during those years, he tutored the young Howlin’ Wolf, traveled with another blues great, Son House, and inspired countless others.

Frequently regarded as the quintessential blues singer, he didn’t begin performing until his mid-twenties, because he was a preacher. Preaching was a powerful influence on his singing fashion that is strong. In 1930 he recorded two songs for the Paramount label: “Preachin’ the Blues” and “Dry Spell Blues,” about a farming crisis in the Delta. Son House is renowned for his bottleneck slide technique. This technique is characteristic of blues music – by sliding other hard thing or a bottleneck along the strings to make a wailing sound the musician uses the guitar as another voice. After he was rediscovered in the 1960s, House played for a decade to school crowds and at blues festivals.

The most powerful icon in the blues was Robert L. Johnson. He ran away from home as a teenager to learn guitar from Son House and was born near Hazlehurst. Legend has it that Johnson sold his soul to the demon in exchange for his talent to play and sing the blues better than anyone else. He worked the upper South and East, then traveled. His recording sessions in 1936 and 1937 created some of the wealthiest music in the history of the blues: ” and “Dust My Broom, “Crossroads,” “Love in Vain,” “Hellhound on my Trail,” among others. His guitar and vocal skills established a foundation on which generations of rock and blues musicians have been building ever since.

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Quebec H7C.

 

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Fender Esquire 1st prototype in 1949 at Fender Guitar Factory museum
First Fender Esquire 1949
Thе еlесtrіс guitar саmе іntо еxіѕtеnсе mаіnlу bесаuѕе thе dеѕіrе tо have “louder muѕіс” wаѕ іn the fоrеfrоnt of the mіnd of mаnу of the guіtаr mаkеrѕ. It was thе 1920’s when dance muѕіс bесаmе more popular. Althоugh dіffеrеnt from whаt dаnсе muѕіс іѕ tоdау, іt was thе height of thе flapper gіrlѕ and the сlub scene and еvеrуоnе wаntеd thеіr muѕіс lоud but weren’t ѕurе hоw tо dо іt. Thе соnсеrt settings wеrе becoming lаrgеr аѕ wеll аnd еvеn muѕісіаnѕ wаntеd lоudеr and more powerful instruments. You соuld ѕее the guіtаrѕ сhаngіng іn style wіth nеw tесhnоlоgу tо gеt the larger ѕоundѕ but nо оnе hаd уеt thоught tо аmрlіfу thе instrument іtѕеlf.

Bеfоrе thе іnnоvаtіоn hарреnеd thоugh уоu саn trace thе nееd fоr еlесtrіс guіtаrѕ bасk wеll bеfоrе the 20th century. Arоund 1800 thе Spanish style 6-string was іntrоduсеd whісh was already lоudеr thаn рrеvіоuѕlу made instruments. It was the 1850’ѕ thаt thе bоdу wаѕ reinforced and thе guіtаr bеgаn tо have a flat-top design to іt. In 1890, Orville Gіbѕоn саmе оut wіth a саrvеd bоdу axe that mаdе іt even lоudеr аnd set ѕtаndаrdѕ fоr thе futurе аrсh top model.

Thеn you gоt tо thе 1920’ѕ whеn the needs intensified. Wіth bіg band music and соmmеrсіаl radio, еvеrуоnе wаѕ trying to thіnk оf the next great guіtаr іnvеntіоn. Some соmраnіеѕ decided to gо wіth larger ѕіzеѕ аnd metal bоdіеѕ, but thе true modern іnvеntоrѕ started tо focus оn еlесtrісіtу to make thеm lоudеr. John Dopyera wеnt оnе bеttеr аnd designed a ѕtееl body guitar wіth a rеѕоnаtоr аmрlіfіеr thаt was similar tо whаt уоu could fіnd wіth banjos аt thе tіmе. It was buіlt іntо thе tор оf the body.

Thеn in 1923 Llоуd Loar, an еngіnееr who worked wіth Adolph Rісkеnbасkеr, dеvеlореd a рісkuр that sensed thе vіbrаtіоnѕ іn thе ѕоundbоаrd of many dіffеrеnt ѕtrіng іnѕtrumеntѕ. Rісkеnbасkеr іѕ ѕоmеtіmеѕ said tо be thе оnе that rеаllу wаѕ behind the manufacturing оf thе electric guіtаr, because hе еԛuірреd іt with tungѕtеn pickups but іt rеаllу іѕ uр tо dеbаtе as tо whісh was thе асtuаl fіrѕt еlесtrіс model.

Then іn 1931 George Bеаuсhаmр сrеаtеd аn electromagnetic рісkuр whісh сrеаtеd a fіеld whісh amplified thе ѕtrіngѕ movements аnd vіbrаtіоnѕ. It wаѕ a ѕіmрlе іnvеntіоn thаt іnсludеd a current раѕѕіng through a соіl оf wіrе wrapped аrоund a mаgnеt. It was known as thе “Frуіng Pаn” guitar. Thіѕ was thе fіrѕt соmmеrсіаl electric model thаt was uѕеаblе by the соmmоn player.

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Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Sainte-Thérèse- de-Blainville South Quebec J7G

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Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Sainte-Thérèse- de-Blainville South Quebec J7G.

The Delta blues is one of the first designs of blues music. It originated in the Mississippi Delta, a region of the United States that stretches to Vicksburg, Mississippi Helena, in the south, Arkansas in the west to the Yazoo River on the east from Memphis, Tennessee in the north. The Mississippi Delta area is famous both for its fertile land and its poverty. The vocal styles vary from introspective and soulful to fervent and passionate. Delta blues is also regarded as a regional edition of country blues.

It was first recorded in the late 1920s, when record companies recognized the potential African American marketplace in Race records although Delta blues certainly existed in some form or another at the turn of the 20th century. The earliest records were made by the ‘leading’ labels and consisted mainly of one man singing and playing an instrument;yet, the use of a band was more common during live performances.

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Sainte-Thérèse- de-Blainville South Quebec J7G.

According to Dixon & Godrich [1981], Tommy Johnson and Ishman Bracey were recorded by Victor on that firm’s second field trip to Memphis, in 1928. Robert Wilkins was first recorded by Victor in Memphis in 1928, and Big Joe Williams and Garfield Akers additionally in Memphis (1929) by Brunswick/Vocalion.

Charley Patton also recorded for Paramount in Grafton, at the same place in May 1930, in June 1929 and again. In January and February 1934, Patton visited New York City for additional recording sessions.

Afterwards, the early Delta blues (as well as other music genres) were widely recorded by John Lomax and his son Alan Lomax, who crisscrossed the Southern US recording music played and sung by ordinary people helping build the canon of music genres we understand today as American folk music. Their recordings amount in the thousands, and now reside in the Smithsonian Institution. Based on Dixon & Godrich (1981) and Leadbitter and Slaven (1968), Alan Lomax and the Library of Congress researchers didn’t record any Delta bluesmen or women prior to 1941, when he recorded Son House and Willie Brown near Lake Cormorant, Mississippi, and Muddy Waters at Stovall, Mississippi. Yet, this claim is challenged as John and Alan Lomax did record Bukka White in 1939, Lead Belly in 1933 and most likely others.

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The defining characteristic of Delta blues is instrumentation and an emphasis on beat and “bottleneck” glissando;[citation needed] the fundamental harmonic structure is not greatly different from that of blues performed elsewhere. “Delta blues” is also a fashion as much as a geographical appellation: Skip James and Elmore James, who weren’t born in the Delta, were considered Delta blues musicians. Eventually, Delta blues spread out across the country, giving rise to a host of regional variants, including Detroit and Chicago blues.

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Sainte-Thérèse- de-Blainville South Quebec J7G. Delta Bluesmen additionally normally sang tunes in the first person about sexuality, the traveling lifestyle and the tribulations resulting from directing this lifestyle.

In big city blues, girls vocalists dominated the records of the 1920s, for example Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Mamie Smith.[2] However, in Delta Blues and other rural or folk style blues women rarely recorded the blues. In Delta Blues commonly female performers had some romantic connection such as Geeshie Wiley attached to Papa Charlie McCoy; to more prominent delta blues performers that are male. The brother Kansas Joe McCoy of mcCoy was attached to the arguably more famous the seminal Charlie Patton and Memphis Minnie occasionally played and recorded with his wife Bertha Lee.

It was not until late in the 1960s that women started to be heard in recorded performances at the amount they had previously enjoyed. It was then that Janis Joplin arrived as both the first female performer to reach both accolades from her peers as a blues performer and a “crossover” commercial success who achieved varied audiences with a strong and emotive vocal delivery. Other women to followed afterwards (among many) were both influenced by Delta blues, and who learned from some of the most celebrated of the original artists alive contain Bonnie Raitt, Rory Block, and Susan Tedeschi.

Many Delta Blues musicians moved to Detroit and Chicago such as Big Joe Williams creating a pop affected city blues style, nevertheless, this was displaced by the new Chicago blues sound in the early 1950s pioneered by Delta Bluesmen, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, harking back to a more delta influenced, nevertheless electrified sound. This Delta style blues folk music also inspired the creation of British Skiffle music, from which eventually came the persons and bands of the British Invasion, while simultaneously affecting British Blues which resulted in the birth of early hard rock and heavy metal. Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode has said that the delta blues style, inspired the group’s record, Delta Machine.

The music called the blues that emerged from Mississippi has shaped the development of music that was popular in this nation and around the world. Turn on the radio. You might pick up some rock with some rap or some tough guitar riffs –. But put on Robert Johnson’s recording of “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom,” and you’ll hear it all – set down in the 1930s by a guy who joined components of the music he heard with the master which he got from God knows where – possibly the devil, if you desire to believe the star.

And what about rap? Skip James, born Nehemiah Curtis James about 1902 in rural Mississippi near Bentonia, talks about “rappin’ along” in the 1920s. About exactly the same time “Huge” Willie Dixon, in Vicksburg, was writing his first song, “Signifying Monkey,” a piece straight out of the age-old custom of “signifying ” known now as “rapping.”

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Sainte-Thérèse- de-Blainville South Quebec J7G. The blues and Mississippi are synonymous to music lovers.

As far as historians can tell, the blues were born in the Mississippi Delta, an elaboration on work chants, “sorrow” slave tunes, and the haunting and lyrical “field hollers.” As early as the American Civil War, white soldiers noted a different music created by black soldiers about marching – tunes, and other toils of war in which they “ extemporized a half-dissonant middle part.” If not the real thing already, these songs were direct precursors to the blues.

The 1890s had, the blues form place and the sounds of a distinguishing new music began to be heard beyond the work camps. The new music bore the nuances of a variety of tribes and was filled with tonalities and the polyrhythms of African music. Black Americans had borrowed significantly from white man’s music too – its scale, its rich folk traditions, its instruments. The blues did not emerge from Africa; it was born out of two musical cultures – white and black – that were prospering and growing separately and collectively. The consequence of this large scale mix was music that was to be the basis of mainstream popular music for the entire 20th century.

With the increase of the blues arrived the spread of a phenomenon referred to as the “juke joint.” In these makeshift buildings that served as social clubs, the blues grown and propagate. Lyrics and songs were taken up, adapted and styles and techniques were copied and elaborated upon. Youthful bluesmen left home to follow them in a life on the road and found mentors.

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Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Sainte-Thérèse- de-Blainville South Quebec J7G.

The first Mississippian to emerge from the anonymous folk tradition was Charlie Patton. He started playing around the Delta at house parties, dances, fish fries, and juke joints. During those years, 1897 to 1934, he traveled with another blues great, Son House, tutored the young Howlin’ Wolf, and inspired countless others.

Eddie “Son” House was born in Coahoma County in 1902. Frequently regarded as the quintessential blues singer, he didn’t start performing until his mid-twenties, because he was first a preacher. Preaching was a strong influence on his singing style that is emphatic. In 1930 he recorded two songs for the Paramount label: “Preachin’ “Dry Spell Blues and the Blues”,” about a farming crisis in the Delta. Son House is famous for his bottleneck slide technique. This technique is characteristic of blues music – the musician uses the guitar as a second voice by sliding a bottleneck or other hard object along the strings to make a wailing sound. House played for a decade to faculty crowds and at blues festivals, after he was rediscovered in the 1960s.

The most potent icon in the blues was Robert L. Johnson. He was born near Hazlehurst and ran away from home as a teenager to learn guitar from Son House. Legend has it that Johnson sold his soul to the demon in exchange for his ability to play and sing the blues better than anyone else. He worked the Delta, then traveled the upper East and South. His recording sessions in 1936 and 1937 created some of the wealthiest music in the history of the blues: “Crossroads,” “Love in Vain,” “Hellhound on my Trail, “ and ” Dust My Broom,” among others. Vocal skills and his guitar established a foundation on which generations of rock and blues musicians have been building ever since.

Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons Sainte-Thérèse- de-Blainville South Quebec J7G.

 

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Acoustic Blues Guitar – The Roots Of All Modern Rock Music

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In the early days, back in the Mississippi Delta, the sons of slaves in the Deep South would often make their own acoustic blues guitars out of an old box, a broom handle and some chicken wire! Needless, to say, they were not the highest quality, but something really big was starting then – blues music. Musical instruments and particularly drums (they spoke of freedom too much) were just not allowed and so the voice was used to express emotion.

Gospel songs were very popular in those days, as were the so-called ‘field-holler’, which was a kind of call and response song that was employed very often to help the work flow of repetitive tasks like sawing or hammering. A good example of this is the Gandy Dancers, which were basically teams of men employed to push heavy steel rails back into place and shore them up again with rubble. One man would lead the song and at the end of each line of verse, the whole team would push, using a long steel bar wedged underneath the rails. It would be a few years yet before the complex fingerstyle guitar of giants like Blind Blake would make their mark, and it was all their own work – there were no blues guitar lessons on the internet!

With the advent of the cheap Stella type guitar marketed at a distance using the Sears catalog, the blues really came into it’s own and many fine classic songs were created. Such men as Big Bill Broonzy, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Blind Blake quickly made the music exciting and in demand as Race Records. A huge turning point came when Muddy Waters took up the electric guitar and pushed Chicago into the next stage of blues guitar, which later was taken up by the Rolling Stones and others to evolve into the rock and roll that we know today.

Much later, young students wanted to play just like the old guys did, searching out acoustic blues guitar lessons from the surviving guitarists, and a revival took place in the 60s, during which time Stefan Grossman and others created a quick way of learning the old blues guitar styles. This new way of learning involved reading blues guitar tablature, a way of writing down where the fingers of both hands should be place to re-create the sounds heard n the classic race records. Many guitarists and teachers today, such as Jim Bruce from the UK, specialize on teaching acoustic style finger picking and offering acoustic guitar lessons on several websites.

Fingerpicking blues guitar is the basis of all rock music that we hear today and it’s rhythms appear in many classic songs. For example, in the 70s the boogie beat played by Blake, Robert Johnson and others could be heard in dance music created by The BeeGees and other groups. Rural country blues gave way to Broonzy’ swing style Chicago sound, which was transformed by another artist originally from the Southern States, Muddy Waters, and the foundation of electric rock guitar was laid.

The huge range of guitar styles emanating from the Deep South, but also other states such as Texas and South Carolina represented a lot of choice for young guitarists looking for something a little different, while keeping the old emotional draw of artists like Blind Boy Fuller and Big Bill Broonzy, who were super-stars in their day. When BB Fuller wanted to learn how to lay blues guitar he sought out Reverend Gary Davis, a great master who could play any style at all. Davis used to play blues guitar on the streets of Harlem for 20 years or so, but in later years preferred to sing Gospel songs.

Many younger student guitarists go right back to the roots music if they want to learn blues guitar, because they know that the secret is in the basics created by these early musicians.

See site: http://www.play-blues-guitar.eu .

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