How Do You Play Blues?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by burtf51, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. JIMMY JAZZMAN

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    Blues ain't jazz, jazz ain't blues but I've heard much music where there's a little of both.
     
  2. burtf51

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    being born in 1951 and living in Wayside, Ms till I was 18 enabled me to meet several of the guys in my area...first meet Sam Chatmon when I was in my teens who lived down the road in Hollandale just a few miles from our homeplace, he like all the others could sit and talk for hours on end...here's Sam


    a couple years later I visited Son Thomas quite a few times who lived in Leland, Ms bout 20 miles away from me and he was a trip, like to wake up drinking and as someone mentioned, Son would say "you gotta have the blues to play the blues"...one day while visiting he had played his guitar on the porch for a spell and then handed it to me and said "play me some of your blueses"...I didn't have any blueses, i just handed it back...
    Son Thomas...


    Later in life I got the opportunity to sit in a set with Pinetop Perkins in Clarksdale, Ms and damn what an awakening that way...then worked with Sam Myers harp while living in Jackson, Ms for several years, worked with Johnny Woods harp from Como a couple years then bout 3 years with Mojo Buford harp who played with Muddy in his later years...I lived with Sam Carr and wife Ms Doris from Lula, Ms for about 5 years, I love and miss them both, they were family... Worked with Sam & Frank Frost from Helena, Ar for 6-7 years, they taught me what not to play. Sam's daddy was Robert Nighthawk who didn't want a baby and Sam's grandmother raised him. Here's a pic of a write up with Sam & Frank, oh my nickname is chick, they say "chick french the white guy" ha, only have the picture on drive
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MO-Uj2WufN4yLn3-nD9VSpdz_bYF2X1Q/view?usp=sharing

    now i'm just old and in the way...
    [​IMG]
     
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  3. Muddslide

    Muddslide Friend of Leo's

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    I play it on my CD or mp3 player.

    Seriously, I don't even try to play electric blues. Too many cats that will always do it so much better. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of much electric blues...I love some of the early electric stuff...Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor, and I admire cats like SRV and Ronnie Earl, etc., but most of my blues listening is the rural, pre-WW2 stuff. Blind Willie McTell, Mississippi John Hurt, Fred MacDowell, Skip James...

    I do try to do a little fingerstyle blues and ragtime on acoustic, but I am not very good at it and consider it more hand exercises and skill building than anything.
     
  4. Muddslide

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    This is hands down one of the coolest posts I've ever read on any musician/guitar forum. Just...whoa, man.
     
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  5. DaveTone

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    I play the blues however I feel at the time - Happy, Sad or Middlin'
     
  6. ASATKat

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    Major 3rds,

    What did I win?
     
  7. BigDaddyLH

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    Win? You're half a step away from being suspended.
     
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    ???

    Are you for real?
     
  9. BigDaddyLH

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    See:

    C7: x3535x <-- major third
    C7sus4: x3536x <-- suspended 4th

    It's only a half step away.
     
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    Here is an example of me playing in the way I described in my earlier post, it's peppered in there.

     
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    Just like Barney, here's how I play the blues:

    I find the whitest bass player I can find, preferably with a phd in music, and I say things to him like "Yeah Dave", and "Dave, how 'bout walking a little bit for me like one... two... one, two, three (four implied), "Yeah, baby, I hear ya", and "Dave, you are one low-down, funky, crumb-crushin', crevice-tool of a blooze player", etc.

    Then, when I start to do my solo in single notes, and my pick hits two or more strings by accident, I say "I'm playin' in thirds and/or fourths". The whole time, I make sure I sing along with my blues by vocalizing a diminished 11-and-a-half intervals to my solo.

    Yeah, the blooze life...
     
  12. BigDaddyLH

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    It may be a lot of things but it's not teh blooz -- where's yer poncho, Barney? Why aren't you rockin a poncho?
     
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    I consider bluesy jazz to be a subtype of blues. A bit too smooth for my taste in blues. My approach is a bit more like this guy...

     
  14. BigDaddyLH

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    Hint: if Barney Kessel says blues he means jazz blues.
     
  15. burtf51

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    well call it what you want...i call's it groovin'...Charlie Byrd's bro Joe on bass

     
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    Oops,
     
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    I left out 9ths. Minor thirds and 9ths. Stormy Monday!
     
  18. dreamingtele

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    I came here to learn blues, upon reading comments, I discovered Robben Ford. I cant believe I never listened to him before, but I know a lot of people try to get the look of his telecaster, but this is the first time I ever heard his music.

    Thank you.
     
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  19. burtf51

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    something good has come out of it...you'll have plenty cool to listen to on Robben
     
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    How do you play blues?

    Better than the Bruins did.
     
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