Re: Can ayone recomend some good blues masters to study from?


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Posted by Bluzharper on January 06, 2001 at 22:53:48:

In Reply to: Can ayone recomend some good blues masters to study from? posted by Rogue Lion on January 06, 2001 at 18:18:42:

Just an opinion, Sonny Boy Williamson and Willie Dixion. The reason, they play mostly in crossharp or second position aka bluesharp. The licks they use are mostly the basics, the foundation everything else is built on. The licks you can return to when youre at a blues jam sitting in and it all starts to unravel. The songs are classics and well known by Bluesmen. Once you start getting it together on the harp, the next step is to go to a blues jam aka open mic night and set in, or get up and play with the band. Usually the person singing will call the song and the key. You need to know what harp to use, when Not to play, and some licks. As a rule you never play when the singer is singing. It throws some singers off key and your right in the same musical range as the vocals. Thats called walking on the vocals. Dont do it.. Down the road when you get into tounge blocking and octaves you can do some really cool back rhythms, its sounds almost like an organ, to fill out the sound of the band. Only solo when signaled to do so and keep it short and tasteful. Everyone should get a turn. Sorry for the rambling.. Good Luck... Bluz




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