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Old 01-09-2013, 06:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What do you like the best about listening and playing the blues? Is there a certain specific reason, or is it a combination of things that contribute to your passion for it?
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I like playing blues because it's so damned easy to improvise when you're playing it. Being fairly drunk adds to this element, and also can serve as a good purpose to start playing the genre as well.
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Damn I thought that there was a thread close to this idea and I just saw it. My bad but I guess you can still post in this if want.
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Old 01-10-2013, 09:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It is a fairly easy style to play, but its not that easy. There are a lot of people who play the blues, but not everyone can do it like the greats.

I can't even really explain why I love the blues. I think there is something spiritual about the music, particularly delta blues, that can't be found elsewhere. And when you think about its origins, I think that's a pretty fair statement.

It just sounds so damn good to me. I'm really impressed by the technique of some blues men like Robert Johnson and skip James. Of course when I started playing, it was only natural that I play the blues. Even though when I'm working on my own music I don't Really play the blues, but nonetheless I still play it a lot.
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Because it speaks to the basic human condition - down-to-earth humanity. It gets to the point. I certainly dig lots of other genres, but I always come back to blues. It makes me feel good... or at least feel better. Whether it's an up blues or a down blues, as Albert King said, it's all to soothe. In the end, I just connect with the groove and the feel of blues. Whether it's delta blues, Chicago blues, or something more modern and crossed with jazz or rock like Robben Ford or Joe Bonamassa, there's something about the rhythm and attack of the music that speaks to me.

I also really like guitar-centric music, and blues certainly has a lot of that.

This isn't a response to anyone on this thread, but blues is one of those things that you could call "easy to learn, difficult to master." Anyone can play "some blues licks" but it's going to sound terrible and not very convincing. I've heard a bunch of guitar players on other forums say how easy it is to play blues, but then you ask them to share a clip and it sounds awful - no vibrato, no feel, rhythmically sterile. There's subtlety in blues that can be difficult to get *right*.
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