“The blues, the easiest to learn and the hardest to master.” BB King
Blues is a human expression of emotion, a way of expressing how you feel. Most music can do that, but I think blues in particular is all about that. That may explain why I felt called to blues music, even though, I grew up in Europe, a continent apart from the music’s heartlands in America’s Deep South.
Started listening to Blues players very early, I had to end up, lately, noodling self-taught licks on my old hanging 80s Strat and more recently on a great sounding Gibson ES-339.
As Jimi Hendrix once said: “Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you’ll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you’re gonna be rewarded.”
Rather than trying to be anything remotely near a good player of any great technique, I'm not bound by genre or clichés. I’m a fan of guitar players who aren’t really polished… you’re not sure if it’s all going to fall apart. The real beauty is playing without thinking and once you have the concepts down, what comes out, is from the heart. It's second nature.
I just enjoy listening and playing some music, in honor of that timeless way of killing time (just for the fun of it...and whenever inspired). I'm happiest picking out a blues tune to a suitable backing track. After all, simple music is the hardest to play...
As a tone fiend, I like to let those bluesy guitar tones breathe a little bit. But, everything I play, almost, I have to view as a failure, in a way, because it never, ever comes out quite the way I heard it in my head. Sometimes I end up with something that's kind of close, but it's not quite what intended originally. These uploaded tracks are no exception...
Feel free to comment good, bad or indifferent and do not hesitate to share any ideas you might have.
BB King; Freddy King; Roy Buchanen; Danny Gatton; Albert King; SRV; Rory Gallapher, Gary Moore; John Scofield; Matt Schofield; Larry Carlton; Jim Campilongo; Gregor Hilden; Andy Timmons; Tab Benoit; Walter Trout; Danny Bryant; Joe Bonamassa (among others).