How does one transform to become a legitimate blues player??

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  1. Mayflower

    Mayflower Silver Supporting Member

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    This really has me baffled.
    I have seen and know of several guitar players that played metal, country, etc... that one day decided to be a blues artists.

    How does someone do this without coming across as being a poser?
    One player I know switched from country to blues because the blues community is very supportive of one another and his country career was fizzling out.
    He still sounds country but is playing the blues and I can't help but think that he is seen as a poser within the blues community. Another was a total shred head from the 90's and is on the blues wagon as well and is doing ok.

    I am best described as a "variety player" as I have played just about every style in different bands throughout the years. But I really can't say I am a rock, country, pop, reggae or a blues guitarist because I don't embrace one style.
    I would be embarrassed to death announce next week that I am now playing blues and entering the blues scene as I feel I would be outed instantly because I was posing. (Just my thought) I really don't have a look that is usually associated with the blues as well. I have the right guitars and amps, but I would still feel as if I wouldn't be accepted if I decided to make the change.

    So, I am curious what are your thoughts on guys doing this?
    Are they automatically accepted? Do they have to "pay their dues"?
    How long and what do they have to do to be accepted to the blues scene and not be seen as a poser? Also what are the prerequisites to make the transition?

    BTW, I have no intention of doing this. I am just curious about the thoughts are of someone in this scene and you see this happen. I cringe when I see a guitarist throw his hat in the blues scene when their background as a player had absolutely nothing to do with the blues at all.

    What do they have to do to legitimately pull it off?
     
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  2. twoheadedboy

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    It comes down to how well you can play the blues. If you are an excellent blues player, then people will see you as a blues player. If you aren't, then they won't.
     
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  3. Laurence

    Laurence Silver Supporting Member

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    Sing the blues well being yourself, and then play to compliment your singing.
     
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    I refer to that phrase, a cliché that was put to song about 45 years ago by none other that juggernaut the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

    "Can a Blue Man Sing the Whites?"
     
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    Somewhere the devil's havin' a laugh
     
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    People typically move from metal/country/rock to Blues Rock, not Blues.

    Quick check: has Buddy Guy had you play at his club? If not, then....
     
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    Go to law school and also invest in a good fedora! ;)
     
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    Get yourself a mojo hand and take your guitar to a crossroads in Dockery, Mississippi...
     
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    Do you think that Gary Moore was a poser when he played "Still Got the Blues?"
     
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    I thought you had to go down in Louisiana to get you a mojo hand?
     
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    I think the hoodoo man is franchising.
     
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    Who are these players?

    I’m under the impression that one does not just decide they want to be a blues player overnight or even quickly. It’s not just that simple. I’d be interested to know what players you are referring to.
     
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    It’s all about the blue note! :dunno
     
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    Be authentic AF and play like this:
     
  16. Vic Interceptor

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    I do, actually. Because I knew Gary as the "please please PLEASE somebody LET ME BE A ROCKSTAR!" guy for 20 years before that. He was always jumping genres looking to be a 'star' and there's nothing wrong with that at all. But....

    Blues is something I hold sacred, and SRV left such a huge void that it seems many were scrambling to fill it, Moore being the most probable. Ian Moore had it in the bag, but then turned his back on it. If Derek Trucks could sing and quit with all that weirdo music, he could. But alas, there will never be another "king" of the blues.

    Now, back to the OP's question. You just have to be convincing. If you ever noticed, I'd say a good 90% of "blues guitarists" are just scale runners. That last 10% is what we all strive to be, but you're either born with it or you're not.
     
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  19. Mayflower

    Mayflower Silver Supporting Member

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    I am not going to "out" any of these guys.
    But I can understand why you might want to know.
    I was also under the impression that you mention above. But I really don't personally know.
     
  20. Mayflower

    Mayflower Silver Supporting Member

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    I talked this over with a very good friend a while back who is very aware of the blues scene in Memphis. He is not a blues player (a variety player like me) but knows the scene.
    His opinion was that the true blues fan and players would see right through you in a matter of minutes.
     

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