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

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  1. stevieboy

    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Silver Supporting Member

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    Don't know about legitimate blues players, but this thread has shown that there sure are a lot of TGPers who fall really short on the legitimate comedian attempts.
     
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    Amazing how there is a ten-page thread on a non-subject, given that there is no need for a licence to play the blues. Especially ironic given that the blues came from such an informal place. It's not all Clapton / Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall with the crowd rattling their jewellery.
     
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  3. Vic Interceptor

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    And Queen Of Hearts is practically Autumn Leaves, if I remember correctly.
     
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    For the love of all things homey, don't anybody post Ghostbusters/Drug...

    Let that stay dead...
     
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    You need a good pompadour to play the blues.

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    Stop trying to be a blues player, and channel your heart instead. That's where the blues live.
     
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  7. 1967SG

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    Read the op's last statements -
    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.

    If he has no intention of doing anything, this is a thread that can be made fun of. Just another thread that is a time waster for retired folks to get off on.
    Blues lawyer thread anyone?
     
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  8. bobcs71

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    Woodshed to learn the style. Same as any other style.
     
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    I'll have to agree with you in a truth. I just wanted to see if there was any bad times with Mick - feeling left out on missing being in a huge band. Maybe he left on his own. Me, I used to go to blues bars and drink with Magic Slim of the Teardrops, Koko Taylor, Big Daddy Kinsey, etc. Those are blues players that can't be synthesized on a whim.
     
  10. Lung plunger

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    I've lived in Memphis most my life, so blues is pretty familiar. I think you have to have actually had a struggle against something in life in order to be authentic or convincing. If you've never been down and out, or hit rock bottom... it ain't there.
     
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    Bingo!

    That's not to say that the rest of us can't have fun playing blues songs, we just may not be true blues musos.
     
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    I’m for better material, not less comedy.

    Most of the stuff here wasn’t funny the first time. And that was many many times ago.
     
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    You either get it or you don't. Whenever you hear a musician say, "oh no not that 1 4 5 shi+ again" you'll know they don't get "it".
     
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    If they are blues fans that love Cliffs of Dover, then they aren’t that narrow-minded. Eric Johnson isn’t, nor claims to be, a blues artist.

    I’m sorry the blues crowd there is unstylish.
     
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    I think this is the message my friend was conveying. And they will know it.
    He lives in outside of Jackson. Right down the road.
     
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    What cracks me up is how everyone thinks the blues is always about hard times and bad luck. "Sweet Little Angel", anyone? "I Got a Woman"?

    Blues covers the gamut of feelings, good, bad, and indifferent.
     
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    Just like real country is only about a man, his broke down pickup truck, and the 'ol dog.
     
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    It can also be about his horse.
     
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    I think you just put all the BS and cliches behind you.
    You don’t have to “pay your dues” you just have to be good.

    To me (and I don’t claim this is universal) a great blues player is one that evokes emotion. That can be a happy one or a sad one or a joyful one or an angry one or whatever.

    The sound and interplay between a band and a singer and or guitarist...The feel.
    Some folks have to work at it, some it comes naturally, and still others never get it.

    Hooks, or playing as if it was talk, or two people taking (man and GF arguing) or just ramping up or keeping a solid feel. The range is open, and wide.

    You just have to have interplay, humor, feel, and just be good.

    You are legitimate when you can do these things consistently, or maybe even when you can do it only a percentage of the time.

    As long as you have the right mindset and feel, nobody ought to tell you you aren’t legit.
     
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  20. In Absentia

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    Fact is, MOST of all blues players these days are poseurs. The blues were emblematic of a certain time and certain places. It’s like trying to be a suburban rapper. Sure, you might know who Chuck D is, but that doesn’t make you Chuck D. You didn’t experience those things that made blues players authentic.

    I saw some crappy anime yesterday about the extreme metal scene. It was laughable because every heavy metal trope was paraded around in the show, but it was clear that those that created it had never been much into the metal scene.

    Just be true to who you are at all times. Anything outside of that makes you a poseur.

    “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ― Kurt Vonnegut
     
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