Blues guitar is a style of playing based on specific
chords and feelings of despair and sadness. Blues guitar isn’t
a specific instrument, though some guitar bodies are better-suited
for blues playing than others.
There have been many great guitarists who specialize in playing
the blues. Perhaps the recent greatest and certainly one of the
most popular is B.B. King. There are a few reasons why B.B. King
is considered to be such a great guitarist. If it is your plan
to be able to truly play the blues, perhaps you should try to
learn from his example. Here are some of the things B.B. would
pay attention to:
• Feel it ? When King plays the guitar, he doesn’t
just play it, he feels it in his soul. And because he feels it
himself, he is able to help others feel it as well. This is one
of the signs of a great blues guitarist. You have to make your
audience feel what you feel.
• Practice ? You can feel it all you want, but it is still
absolutely necessary to practice a lot if you are truly interested
in being able play the guitar with the best of them. The great
guitarists didn’t get that way overnight. Their achievements
required lots and lots of practice and hard work. If you want
to be great, you will need to commit yourself to the same. Learn
all the rules and technique before you can abandon them.