Looking to learn to play the best licks on guitar? Well, there is nothing better than the blues. The blues guitar is the great grandfather to all the musical genres that are worth a listen: from rock, rhythm & blues, hip hop, soul, funk, jazz, and even heavy metal. All these genres owe a great big shout out to granddaddy blues. Learning the blues is not so easy. More than just great guitar playing, its looking into you deep deep enough to find something worth playing the blues for. Its turning that misery into great blues licks.
All the great blues singers and guitarists, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Robert Johnson, Janis Joplin, everyone, put their heart into their music. That is how they played. They did it as more emotional than technical act by letting the blues slip out and speak for it. Every performance they gave was frighteningly sincere and honest. But before all that, youll need to get down to the basics. If you graduate from the basics then maybe you can start playing real blues. Needless to say, if you are not already a pro (and even if you are), getting professional help will go far in learning to play the best sound that can come out of a guitar the classic blues.
Sure it would be real awesome if you could just teach yourself how to play. But not every ones cut out for that. Even the best professionals in the business are not all self taught.
There is no shame in getting help if you want to be good. Besides, blues guitar lessons are not just educational, they are a lot of fun and that is what guitar playing is all about. As much as the blues are about misery, there is no greater satisfaction than perfectly nailing a great blues song.
Here are some great ways you can start that long lone journey to the blues: Get a guitar. The blues can be played on both acoustic and electric. Some blues styles sound better on the former, some the latter. A great consideration here is your budget. But do not be afraid to splurge either. A good guitar is an investment, and can even be an heirloom if treated properly. Go online for a blues guitar lesson. The internets a cheap if not free way to get lessons and start on the road to shredding great licks.
Also, the blues backing tracks that are available online are great and you can listen to and learn from. A good way to learn guitar is to listen to good guitar playing. Prepared learning tracks are paced for amateur to professional playing, so there is something for everyone. Get ready for some improvisation! Do not be afraid or embarrassed if you do not sound too good. Everyone needs to start somewhere. Lashing out licks is about confidence. Lastly, remember that the blues is about feeling and emotion. Playing the blues is summoning that sound. Nearly any good player will tell you that to be a successful blues musician, you will need 3 things: a bit of skill, a lot of licks and whole lot of soul!
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