What Blues Legends Do You Emulate?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by Headless Axeman, Oct 21, 2019.

Whose style do you emulate?

  1. Eric Clapton

    25 vote(s)
    32.1%
  2. Albert Collins

    9 vote(s)
    11.5%
  3. Robert Cray

    2 vote(s)
    2.6%
  4. Robben Ford

    9 vote(s)
    11.5%
  5. Buddy Guy

    6 vote(s)
    7.7%
  6. Albert King

    14 vote(s)
    17.9%
  7. BB King

    12 vote(s)
    15.4%
  8. Freddie King

    13 vote(s)
    16.7%
  9. Stevie Ray Vaughan

    14 vote(s)
    17.9%
  10. T-Bone Walker

    12 vote(s)
    15.4%
  11. Muddy Waters

    11 vote(s)
    14.1%
  12. Other

    41 vote(s)
    52.6%
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  1. Headless Axeman

    Headless Axeman Tele-Meister

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    Pretty simple poll: if you listen to the blues greats in order to improve your own playing, whose style and sound do you learn from the most?
     
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    Bloomfield
     
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    I once realized that the more stuff I stole from Freddie King, the more I sounded like Eric Clapton.
     
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    Hound Dawg bruh
     
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    Depends on the song. I emulate Duke Robillard who emulated the greats. If it’s a Bloomfield lead,I honor that. Same for BB, Freddie, Albert, Duane, Otis, Jesse Ed Davis, and so on. I’m not good enough otherwise. I hope guitar players in the audience are well schooled enough to make the connections.
     
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    T Bone Slort TDPRI Member

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    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm a complete jumble of all of them ( and more, gotta include acoustic playing of David Bromberg and Doc Watson)

    But even though you might not pick up on it listening to me
    ( as I don't have his speed and sheer stamina),
    I learned a lot from listening to Johnny Winter, long before even knowing what blues was ( or even playing guitar yet).
    I knew I was really attracted to whatever he was doing ( especially rhythmically in the context of playing in a trio) - just love him. He was an amazing player AND singer ( IMO)
     
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    Strangely, none of those listed. My blues legends that I emulate:

    Robert Johnson
    Rev. Gary Davis
    Son House
    Jimi Hendrix
    Billy Gibbons
     
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    jimash Friend of Leo's

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    Mick Taylor
     
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    TeleTex82 Friend of Leo's

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    Bloomers
    Roy
    BB
    Freddie
     
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    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    None.
    I’m not by any stretch of anyone’s imagination a blues player.
    I love a few, BB, Peter Green, pre-disco Billy Gibbons, and Albert King leap to mind.
    All those guys sound like they meant what they played.
    My life’s been too sweet for me to impersonate a blues player.
     
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    Agreed, but that doesn't stop me from trying :)
     
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    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    Guitar
    Keith Richards
    Jimmie Vaughan
    Waylon Jennings
    Steve Cropper
    Ray Wylie Hubbard
    Billy F Gibbons


    Slide Guitar
    Muddy Waters
    Rollo Smith (little-known Fort Worth bluesman)
    Ronnie Wood


    Harp/Harmonica
    Kim Wilson
    Little Walter
    Big Walter Horton
    Slim Harpo (James Moore)
    James Cotton
    Mick Jagger


    Vocals
    Kim Wilson
    Waylon Jennings
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    Muddy Waters
    Mick Jagger


    *Jack White taught me to be fearless and play something that might be dissonant and harsh.
    *Chuck Berry influenced my songwriting, but not the way I play.
    *Stevie Ray Vaughan influenced many of my early instrument choices (tone chasing), but only tidbits of my playing and the odd riff/lick.
     
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    Billy Gibbons - his overall flavour. I would say influenced more than I emulate anyone.

    SRV - just the hard blues aggression - I loved his approach and the way he attacked the guitar.

    Slash and Mick Mars - k maybe not strictly blues, but their bluesier sides were definitely their best work in both cases!

    And have you ever heard Malmsteen play the blues? When he slows himself down, man does he have some incredible feel! And that vibrato - I definitely emulate that!
     
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    I am probably really close to BB King, but only on the acoustic.....he said he couldn't play one worth a damn either.

    Gibson presented BB with a special acoustic for his birthday and BB said in an interview that although he did play it a few times each week, nobody would ever be allowed to hear him doing it.
     
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    I always felt Gary Moore's playing and singing really was genuine. Man what a great sound.
     
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    I've stolen licks from a bunch of blues guys and picked others from songs I've learnt along the way. I couldn't tell you who I sound like. I think if I concentrate on learning a bunch of Zeppelin songs I start to sound like JP but then next month I might move on and start to sound more like whoever played on those songs. Its always changing because as I learn new material parts of it end up coming out when i'm improvising.
     
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    Dont know if hes a "blues legend" but I just got into Tab Benoit, and really like his style and tone that really appeals to me, and doesn't look too out of scope of my playing to try and emulate.

    I tried Gary Moore way back and had to come to realization I just didn't have the chops...
     
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    I've never been able to emulate anyone. Seriously, I find that terribly difficult.
     
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    I would never consider myself a player like these two in any way, shape or form, but Michael Bloomfield and Rory Gallagher are the two that most influenced me musically.
     
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