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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by brogh, Apr 24, 2020.
Another for me.
I'm tempted to go with EC and Layla and assorted love songs... But....
He's the man
I just realized I have this tucked away somewhere. Double-cassette pack. Remember those?
I also had the double cassette. But it's just so good, I had to replace it with the discs
Safe as Milk
mayall, beano album with EC
I make my guitar students own this.
Yeah, it’s kinda got it all. Beano has a nice library of modern licks.... but if you wanted to learn to make musical blues music, it’s hard to wrong with Hard again.
This thread reminds me how it's all about phrasing. I'm a handicapped lead player for sure, especially compared to these guys that just seem to "get it." My biggest challenge is knowing where I'm going to take the solo instead of defaulting to repetitive patterns and licks. I'm having so much trouble learning to see around the corner.
A blues guy I respect around town hums while he solos; that's his guiding star. Every time we'd jam, I'd wonder why he was so out of breath until we played acoustics together. Other good players seem to have a few phrases of charted space ahead of where they are, as well. I need to work on that.
Lot of great picks here, so I'll add this one:
Junior Kimbrough - Most Things Haven't Worked Out
For me it was In Step by Stevie Ray Vaughan. It took me a couple years of playing and growing to realize that SRV was really a distillation of Albert King, some Buddy Guy, some Jimi, and a handful of other sources, PLUS a hefty dose of all of Jimmy Vaughans’ influences, to create those licks. Now I have a mental compendium of those licks (well, I used to, but mostly play bass now) but really not sure where they actually came from.
It just swings! You can feel the entire band moving back and forth on every song
The two albums you posted!
My vote it Let's Hideaway and Dance Away with Freddie King.
My favorite King.
He plays it clean and he plays it mean.
The OP limited the choice to one, but if it could be two it would be this one and the first PBBB record he posted.
I think some people may be posting their favorite blues albums, and that's fine. My choice was based on the fact that the OP's question was relative to "learning". I think Jimmie's playing on this record encompasses so many aspects of electric blues that it is a great one-stop shop. Also, it highlights so well the importance of timing, feel and phrasing in this wonderful endeavor. Finally, from a practical standpoint I think it is within the reach of any upper intermediate player to reap the benefits of this record, unlike some of the albums posted.
p.s. If I was teaching blues bass, I'd give them this record, as well. Keith was the best.
you are 15/16, you have just got a guitar, and you want to learn the blues, you have the money to buy ONLY ONE album what would you get ?
In my day that would be 1955-1956, an although I was just getting into the new "rock a billy" and r&b sounds, when it came to blues, my choices to learn blues and blues licks a few years later would have been, and was Bobby Blue Bland, because his guitar player Wayne Bennett had the coolest style. As far as I know no album was available back then on B.B.B., just singles and I only had money enough for one 45 at any given time. Times were not hard, they were just tough.
The first Thunderbirds album And the second.
This would be my pick. So much variety across the tracks in style, tempo, phrasing, and the playing is of course incendiary.