On Friday night I was lucky enough to go and see John Mayall, The ‘Godfather of British Blues’. He was playing at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club – one of the most iconic venues in London. I had never been before and so I had the great pleasure of ticking 2 of the boxes on my […]
I don’t think there is a single guitarist in the modern era who has not wanted to sound like Jimi Hendrix at some point in their playing career. He is unquestionably the most iconic guitarist of all time, and one who has influenced every guitarist that is playing today. Most people believe Jimi Hendrix to be […]
Stevie Ray Vaughan was the guitarist who first got me hooked on the blues. He is a blues guitarist who has it all – amazing touch and feel, beautiful tone, and the ability to play at great speed. As John Mayer so succinctly put it: There is an intensity about Stevie’s guitar playing that only […]
Rory Gallagher is one of the best blues guitarists of all time. He inspired players like Slash, Brian May and The Edge, and was widely respected by Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. So the legend goes, when asked ‘How it felt to be the best guitarist in the World’, Jimi Hendrix replied, ‘I don’t know, […]
Slide guitar is a fundamental part of the blues. When W.C. Handy first ‘discovered’ the blues at a train station in Tutwiler, Mississippi, it was a slide guitarist responsible for that revelatory experience: A lean loose-jointed Negro had commenced plunking a guitar beside me while I slept … As he played, he pressed a knife on […]
Stevie Ray Vaughan got me hooked on the blues. I had already played guitar for a number of years before he crossed my radar. Then I heard Pride and Joy and it really began my obsession with the blues. I have since spent much of my time trying to play and sound like Stevie Ray […]
B.B. King is the undisputed master of the blues. He is the ultimate blues musician and a player to whom every modern blues guitarist owes a considerable debt. When I first started playing the guitar as a teenager, I had the amazing fortune to see B.B. King play live. It was one of the best […]
Eric Clapton is one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time. With a career spanning more than 50 years, he has inspired generations of guitarists, myself included. He The Bluesbreaker tones that Clapton pioneered during his time with John Mayall & The Blues Breakers are the stuff of legend. They are still considered by […]
‘I can’t stand him mate – he’s just a total Jimi Hendrix rip off. He has no originality and no licks of his own. His music is so boring to listen to…’ So stated my local barber on a damp and dreary Saturday afternoon in London. Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys were playing over the speakers, and the […]
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