On this thirteenth birthday, an English boy – an illegitimate son of a soldier – picked up his first acoustic guitar from his grandparents.
Despite his love for blues music, he found learning to play so challenging he almost gave up. He practised for many long hours, hanging on to learn chords and trying to imitate and mimic the sounds and tone of his blues guitar idols like Big Bill Broonzy by listening to them on his tape machine.
Soon after finding that the study of stained glass design at England’s Kingston College of Art wasn’t right for him, he busked around Kingston, Richmond and London’s West End before bringing together his first band at age 17 – the Roosters – an R&B outfit, in 1963. Fromthat point onwards, Eric Clapton went on to a sensational musical career as an incredibly talented guitar player, singer and songwriter.
His versatility is remarkable, with hits in genres from Delta blues (‘Me & Mr Johnson’), pop (‘Change the world’) and reggae (‘I shot the sheriff’). Nicknamed ‘Slowhand’ for his string-bending blues licks and riffs, Eric Clapton is known as one of the most successful musicians of the 20th century. Do you know that Eric was ‘christened’ Slowhand by the manager of The Yardbirds because when he broke a string [only had 1 telecaster] he took his time replacing it on stage …and let everone wait…including the audience.
With his love of the instrument demonstrated in his amazing collection of about 750 guitars, Eric Clapton is hailed as one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time. How is your musical journey progressing?
Best way to learn Guitar ?
Over the last few decades blues music has increased in its popularity, learning to play guitar has become exciting for many people. While there are many teenagers out there who dream of becoming pop superstars or rock legends, there are also many people that want to learn how to play the guitar just for their own simple enjoyment. Unfortunately too many people don’t find the best way to learn guitar and after a few unsuccessful attempts, they actually give up on what so excited them in the beginning. Read More
Stevie Ray Vaughan
October 3 1954 August 27 1990
Vaughan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie. He dropped out of high school in 1971 and moved to Austin the following year. He played gigs with numerous bands, earning a spot in Marc Benno‘s band the Nightcrawlers and later with Denny Freeman in the Cobras, with whom he continued to work through late 1977. He then formed his own group Triple Threat Revue, but he renamed them Double Trouble after hiring drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon. He gained fame after his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982, and his debut studio album Texas Flood charted at number 38 in 1983, a commercially successful release that sold over half a million copies. He headlined concert tours with Jeff Beck in 1989 and Joe Cocker in 1990, but he died in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990 at the age of 35. It was 36 days before his 36th birthday.
Tips on Playing Blues Guitar Chords and Rhythm.
My favorite chords are blues chords. While some of them may be a little more complicated, you can really get a groove going with them
O= Play string.
X= Don’t play string.
Most common blues guitar chords l have the same name tag of seven. These are known as dominant seventh chords. They sound great when played together and give you a great deal of possibilities. You can also play a G7 chord by moving your finger from the third fret to the first fret on the high E string. It will expect you to change your fingering. Strumming patterns for blues are usually fast in pace. To do this, we need to keep things simple and rhythmic. Here is a great strumming pattern to learn.
Influence of Blues In Modern Day Music
Blues guitar music is one of the most intriguing and fascinating music genre that is out there. It features a colourful history, interesting people and a way of expressing feelings unlike any other style of music. In essence, blues tells a story of one’s life experiences and has diverse themes ranging from travel to modern day events.
Blues isn’t as decorated as other genres of music. It is raw and uncensored and as far as the guitar is concerned, one of the finest venues to let your creativity soar. You will not be criticised for your technique here, instead, you will be complimented for your ingenuity. Within the realm of blues guitar, there are many different sub-specialties. There is delta blues and many more.
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