Guitars have always defined the sounds of the blues style of music. Blues music originated in the Mississippi Delta in U.S during the 1890’s. It continued to improve for the next 20 years and came to a mature stage in 1910. Initially the blues had powerful vocals accompanied by the acoustic guitar and were sung by the slaves and the white people as a sorrow songs.
The style was given the name “blues” in 1925. Today with the style being so popular, many people are trying to learn and become a blues guitar player. Other than buying electric or acoustic guitars with strings, try to listen and learn from some of the greatest blues guitarists if you wish to become an excellent blues guitar player.
The blues has a deep history with different artists contributing their own style. There have been a number of great blues guitarists who heavily influenced the style and captured the public imagination. Listening to their songs and music will definitely help you learn the art of playing the blues in an easy way.
Born in 1911, Robert Johnson was an initial blues guitarist whose music still makes an impact today. Having a short period of performance, Johnson contributed a lot to Mississippi Delta blues tradition and was the first one to start the slide guitar technique in blues guitars. His songs like “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” and “Crossroad Blues” are very popular and can be used to learn the right way of playing blues guitar.
Second in the list of greatest blue guitarist is B.B. King. Being a legend guitarist B.B. King had a crisp guitar style, which is perfect for beginners to start with. He had developed his own style including various blues traditions like a slide guitar. His songs like “The Thrill is Gone” and “Everyday I Have the Blues” can help the new blues guitarists to learn from his crisp individual style.
Another popular artist in the blues genre is Eric Clapton. He came during the revolution in the British Blues in 1960’s. Clapton used heavy slide guitar techniques to develop his own individual style, which was close to Blues-rock. His songs like “Layla” inspire and influence most of the budding new blues guitarists.
Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan is also a famous name. His style had a combination of a number of blues guitar styles. His guitar style became popular for including some elements of jazz guitar and a heavy use of vibrato. Stevie’s songs like “Pride and Joy” or “Little Wing” are very popular.
For becoming an exceptional blues guitar player you must study the greats. Listen to their music and watch their vintage videos. You can search for the videos on YouTube or at your local libraries. Include simple and easy songs of other blues stars like Son House, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Charley Patton to begin with. Examine and study the work of these blues guitar legends in an attempt to learn about specific styles of play. This will surely benefit every student in beginning blues guitar and becoming the next best blues guitar player.