#1
I figured this might be interesting, so at that, does anyone think that truly sitting down and listening/ taking in good blues music from great artists has aided there playing? without listening to It seems like it would be like trying to look up definitions without a textbook.
#2
Not only hearing it, but watching bootleg videos and concert DVDs has aided me tremendously in emulating the finger movements, etc..

It is a necessity, in my opinion.
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#5
Well, sometimes I'll hear a lick I really like and I'll stop and try to figure it out if that's what you mean.
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#6
Of course.

There would be no way to learn how to play the blues without doing this.
I've never sat down with a tab book or sat down and learned a bunch of licks, yet my constant listening to it, is what's formed my blues playing.
#7
well how are you going to play the blues if you dont know what it sounds like? the more you listen to blues a wider variety licks and grooves and gonna get in your head and the only way to get them out is to play them. and you will find when your listening you will get inspired by a song.
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#8
It helped a ton, especially to someone like me that's relatively new. Youtube is a godsend too, for actually being able to see how they play
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Of course.

There would be no way to learn how to play the blues without doing this.
I've never sat down with a tab book or sat down and learned a bunch of licks, yet my constant listening to it, is what's formed my blues playing.


Agreed, I basically leaned to play the guitar that way.
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Agreed, I basically leaned to play the guitar that way.


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#11
Every musician who has ever accomplished anything does this. How can you play blues without really listening to it and picking up what other players have done to better yourself?
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#12
When it comes to the blues, it really is a necessity. If all you did was learn the blues scale and that was it, well, you might just become the next Kirk Hammett (without the wah). The blues has phrasings and such that you can't just learn from reading tabs.
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When it comes to the blues, it really is a necessity. If all you did was learn the blues scale and that was it, well, you might just become the next Kirk Hammett (without the wah). The blues has phrasings and such that you can't just learn from reading tabs.


Yeah, that's what I find with playing blues guitar, it's less about which notes you play and more about when you play them, which only listening to blues music can teach you.
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#14
Agreed with everyone above. I've gained technical skill (by this I just mean accuracy while playing) by playing from tabs but that's nothing compared to actually listening to good phrasing - otherwise how're you going to tell whether you're doing anything that sounds good?

I've got a friend who listens to metal a lot, and when he plays he's OK occasionally, but usually he just plays fast. He can't phrase, even when he plays something a little slower. I've tried to tell him that without being rude but what can I do. *shrug*
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#15
Sitting down and seriously listening to music is an essential part of the proccess of learning to play music, regardless of genre. In my opinion, anyway. So yes, if I didn't listen intently to great blues players and watch them play I would be about 1/10th the guitarist I am.
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Not only hearing it, but watching bootleg videos and concert DVDs has aided me tremendously in emulating the finger movements, etc..

It is a necessity, in my opinion.

I agree completely
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#17
how could you possibly play anything without listening to previous recordings of artists? i listen to music all the time, and that aids in playing and writing music
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