Blues guitar lessons are fun and ideal not only for the beginner who already loves this genre but for the aspiring jazz or rock guitarist as well. It is a known fact that both these styles evolved from the blues. As a matter of fact, most if not every first and second generation “classic rock” guitarist claims to have learned the blues first and foremost. The list is long but here are just a few names you’ll most likely be familiar with: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen, Duane Allman, etc. So what does all of this mean especially to the aspiring rock player? It’s been said that if you drink from the same well that they all did, you’re bound to nourish yourself with similar results when it comes to your playing. Why waste time reinventing the wheel? In other words, studying their roots will give you the strongest foundation as well as technical resources to play at their level! Of course you will have to practice…
So here are 2 lists of traditional blues players that have influenced many of the best all time rock guitarists. It is recommended that you listen to them and learn all about the various components of their respective styles. This is something we teach the blues students who enroll at Miami Jazz Guitar.
Electric Blues Guitarists:
-T Bone Walker
-John Lee Hooker
-Muddy Waters (slide guitarist)
-Elmore James (slide guitarist)
Acoustic -Fingerstyle Blues Guitarists:
-Mississippi John Hurt
-Big Bill Broonzy
-Blind Willie Johnson
-Blind Boy Fuller
Keep in mind that the previous lists consist exclusively of traditional Black American blues guitarists. Some more recent influential blues players worthy of mention are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, Robben Ford and again most of the initially mentioned “classic rock” guitarists such as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.
If you are serious about learning the blues and happen to be in the Miami/ South Florida area, be sure to contact us for guitar lessons.