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Old 03-06-2012, 05:51 PM   #61 (permalink)
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If we're talking pure blues, I'd have to go with B.B. King. Sure, he doesn't have the speed of SRV, but speed isn't everything. B.B. was a pioneer, and that counts for a lot; he did have some speed, too, you just have to know what recordings to listen to. I don't think anyone can phrase like B.B. His phrases were so smooth and just perfect.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:23 PM   #62 (permalink)
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If we're talking pure blues, I'd have to go with B.B. King. Sure, he doesn't have the speed of SRV, but speed isn't everything. B.B. was a pioneer, and that counts for a lot; he did have some speed, too, you just have to know what recordings to listen to. I don't think anyone can phrase like B.B. His phrases were so smooth and just perfect.
Its not just the speed that SRV plays with. Its the vibrato and overall passion that flows out of his music. Not taking anything away from BB King, just imo SRV ftw. Of course BB was before SRV but im not talking who was first. Hendrix did "Little Wing" first but I would have to say SRV's cover of it was better. Of course kudo's to Hendrix for coming up with it in the first place. But I think even Jimi would would tip his hat in appreciation to the way SRV played it. The same with BB King as well and his playing. I just dont think that there is really any question as to who the better blues guitar player was.
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I love SRV's cover of little Wing, but I prefer Jimi's original. Jimi did write it, after all, which is the more admirable task imo. Hendrix could have added more soloing if he wanted. I love SRV, he's definitely one of the greatest, but B.B. is the king. SRV was ferocious and intense, B.B. was more smooth and laid back. SRV could play some real smooth stuff, too. I can totally understand why you would prefer SRV. But the pioneering factor does come into play with me, I have much respect for B.B. because of that and I'm sure SRV did too.

B.B.'s phrases also ooze with passion and his vibrato is great, too. He was a little more technical than some might think. He was great at adding chord tones in order to really highlight the chord changes.

When I really think about it, it's damn near impossible to say who is the best. It's easier to come up with a list.

These are the very best in my opinion. But still, it's hard to come up with the list. It's always likely to change

Robert Johnson
T-bone Walker
B.B. King
Buddy Guy
Freddie King
Guitar Watson
Jimi Hendrix
Duane Allman
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I love SRV's cover of little Wing, but I prefer Jimi's original. Jimi did write it, after all, which is the more admirable task imo. Hendrix could have added more soloing if he wanted. I love SRV, he's definitely one of the greatest, but B.B. is the king. SRV was ferocious and intense, B.B. was more smooth and laid back. SRV could play some real smooth stuff, too. I can totally understand why you would prefer SRV. But the pioneering factor does come into play with me, I have much respect for B.B. because of that and I'm sure SRV did too.

B.B.'s phrases also ooze with passion and his vibrato is great, too. He was a little more technical than some might think. He was great at adding chord tones in order to really highlight the chord changes.
Tell me what you think of this guys playing..............


Thats a pretty good list of names there. I would only add Albert King and Tab Benoit to the list.
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I like it. Sounds quite a bit like Little Wing and an SRV song I can't quite put my finger on. I think it might even sound a bit like a Pearl Jam song, Yellow Ledbetter maybe. Mike Mcready was very influenced by Hendrix. You can definitely see the SRV and Hendrix influence. Is it a Kenny Wayne Shepard song? His style is a lot like SRV.
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I like it. Sounds quite a bit like Little Wing and an SRV song I can't quite put my finger on. You can definitely see the SRV and Hendrix influence. Is it a Kenny Wayne Shepard song? His style is a lot like SRV.
Yeah its a Kenny Wayne song. To me it sounds like "Little Wing/Yellow Ledbetter" all twisted into one. Dudes a wizzard on that strat though. You really cant play a piece of music any better that imo. I cant say ive heard anyone else come as close to playing like SRV as this guy. Honestly I think he's even a lil faster than SRV. With all due respect to Stevie. There will never be another SRV or Hendrix but I do find myself enjoyng a lot of this guys covers. Also I get into this guy a lot too........


This guys has so many great songs and yet not many people know of him. I started a thread on him. You can go check it out if he's someone you think you might get into.
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I've heard some of his music before. He is good. I like how he plays without a pick, I can relate.
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I play sometimes without a pick but it just depends on the song. I know even though I learn something new on guitar every day im still very unhappy with my play. I dont know what my expectations are or if as a musician your ever content. But I just always feel as if im looking for a bit more out of myself.
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Some of my favorite blues guitarists in random order:

T-Bone Walker
Otis Rush
Muddy Waters
Freddie King
B.B. King
Mike Bloomfield
Peter Green
Albert King
Duke Robillard
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Charley Patton
Eric Clapton
Buddy Guy
Earl Hooker
Elmore James
Albert Collins
John Lee Hooker
Son House
Robert Cray
Lonnie Johnson
Johnny Winter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Robert Johnson
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Nobody could put on a show like Freddie King.
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