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%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. rangercaster

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    Other - Duane Allman
     
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    More of a melodic style so maybe EC. I wish I was Robben Ford instead, but it's a natural slowhand inclination.
     
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    I try to sound like bb. But I am probably closer to Eric Clapton.


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    I cannot vote in a poll that does not contain JOHN LEE HOOKER and am disgusted it got to page 3 with no mention. What is WRONG with you lot?

    Also surprised the Claptonites have not listed Robert Johnson 1000 times

    We have to put Bukka White, Blind Willie Johnson, and Lightnin Hopkins in here as a matter of urgency

    I think you should all listen to Awful Dream 5 times in a row as penance before a single Dark Was The Night
     
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  7. Piggy Stu

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    This list made me think of Rev Robert Wilkins
     
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    I like muddy waters, less is more for me. I’m not a blues player per se, but it’s been a solid piece of my education and influences.
     
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    When I was 15 or 16 in my high school band, after a gig an older college guy told me that I sounded like Clapton. I just really liked the tone, phrasing, and more tone and phrasing. While I had read that Clapton was influenced by Freddie King, Albert King, and Otis Rush, it wasn't until a few years later that I heard these guys. My jaw dropped when I heard how closely some of Clapton's solos were to the sound and concept of these guys. I eventually migrated to jazz and fell under the influence of many beautiful players: Charlie Christian, Django, Wes, Coryell, Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow, Jim Hall, and the Green brothers, Freddie, Grant, and Peter. Deeply admired Lenny Breau, Chet Atkins, among other all-in-one, self-contained guitarists who were masters of their own thing.

    Right now having a thing for the direct, straight from the heart approach of recent Jimmie Vaughan. Maybe he is in a bit of a straight jacket, of his own choosing, but I almost always feel him reaching and digging for the real stuff.

    Of course, who isn't a descendant of T-Bone Walker?

    Of the lesser known lights for me is Dion Payton, who I used to hear at Buddy Guy's Checkerboard on 43rd. He led Junior Wells's backing band in the 80s. He really soared above the 12th fret.

    Gotta stop.
     
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    I don't really play blues. I can just about hack some 'daddy' or 'dentist' pentawaffle, and I do 12-bar rhythm with aplomb. Players I try to emulate that -may- at a stretch be considered blues-ey are Mick Green and Wilko Johnson, but that's more rambunctious R&B. I do try to get the finesse of Steve Cropper and feel of Pops Staples. Pops in particular generates a sense of space that I have to make efforts -not- to fill.

    I wish I could emulate Rory Gallagher. I try to play slide like he did on 'Bullfrog Blues'. I want to play slide like Rory did. I want to be able to so badly, and that's just how it comes out too.

    I'm more Asheton/Parypa/Jones/Cornwell/Ramone/Strummer.
     
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    Sometimes I think my noodles sound kinda like Johnny Winter..
     
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    I have lifted bits from Hendix, EC and early Page. Not note for note but phrasing and feel. Lately I've been bingeing on Joe Bonamassa stuff but I'm never gonna get even close.
     
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    Some magazine ranked Lightnin' Hopkins as the 65th best guitar player in the world ...

     
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    Probably the 65th best guitar magazine
     
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    Another Peter Green here.
     
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    I also expected more Elmore James
     
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    I put T-Bone because he's the closest. I'd probably go with jazz guys. Wes, charlie christian, but also lots of sax players
     
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