Poll: Is Blues Guitar dieing?
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View poll results: Is Blues Guitar dieing?
Yes, Blues guitar is becoming a lost art
46 27%
No, Blues guitars' heart is still beating
125 73%
Voters: 171.
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#1
I have a question for you guys, do you believe Blues guitar is dieing? I mean seriously how many artists can you name that are good blues musicians/blues rooted that have made a debut in the 00's comparable to the amount of good metal bands who've come out?
Simple yes or no, drop your opinion too if you like.
Last edited by manhangi at Feb 9, 2009,
#3
first scale i learned is blues scale.....now all i play is metal.....but every once in a while i play some blues.....i have a great deal of respect for the blues genre, that's where rock n roll came from and thats where metal came from

its about roots!
#4
its definatly dying out

How many people do you know in this day and age that can bust out a tune like SRV, speed's more valued over soul these days =(
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#5
Its' not like I am ignorant of good metal, I just don't like it, and when I say crap I mean the bands like FoB who 'think' they're metal. They're just an example.

I am not intending a blues vs. metal riot, I mean just asking opinions. I'll edit my post for clearer words.
#6
Not fast enough.

It all depends on my mood really, I like it sometimes, but I'm so sick of everyone here pretending they play 'the blues' while repeating the same 4 SRV licks over and over.
#7
the blues will never die!!! and its dying btw. but yeah think of how long blues has been around for compared to all these other genres now.
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#8
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Not fast enough.

It all depends on my mood really, I like it sometimes, but I'm so sick of everyone here pretending they play 'the blues' while repeating the same 4 SRV licks over and over.


I can understand that. I personally don't play a whole lot of Stevie Ray myself, but it comes out once and a while. I mean more influenced by B.B. King and Freddie King...I wish more people were too
#9
As a genre where musicians sit down and bust out some soulful tunes, it's dyeing I supose, but it's still there. The scales are still prominent, and the progressions are always going to be there. It's influence will never die, but the artists recognised as blues players are getting fewer and fewer.
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#10
the blues isn't dying, it's just evolved into other forms of music, with the first step of blues evolution simply not being very popular anymore.

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#11
i dont think the blues is dying at all....

if you want to see some soul, and some dudes who really put something into their music, check out dan auerbach of the black keys new solo album, or the black keys albums "thickfreakness" and "rubber factory", and anything by the north mississippi allstars, especially the new compilation "do it like we used to"

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#12
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As a genre where musicians sit down and bust out some soulful tunes, it's dyeing I supose, but it's still there. The scales are still prominent, and the progressions are always going to be there. It's influence will never die, but the artists recognised as blues players are getting fewer and fewer.


Well, here is my fear. 50 years down the road when I'm 65, there will be new genres' around with roots in our times music. I will be sad because the influence of Blues will die out because, as time has already told, blues will be lost.

Look at death Metal, for example. One of their first was Sabbath, whose vocals were IRONIC when talking about satan and death, they also compared them to the world/god etc. Now death metal has forgotten the irony and only screams about satanic things. When the blues have taken a backing role as ROOTS and INFLUENCE mainly, they will die in musicians before I leave this earth.

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#13
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As a genre where musicians sit down and bust out some soulful tunes, it's dying I supose, but it's still there. The scales are still prominent, and the progressions are always going to be there. It's influence will never die, but the artists recognised as blues players are getting fewer and fewer.

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#14
there are still a lot of blues guitarists around - blues has never been particularly mainstream, i don't think the popularity has declined recently. i'm at a music college and you'd be surprised how many blues-influenced guitarists there are there.
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there are still a lot of blues guitarists around - blues has never been particularly mainstream, i don't think the popularity has declined recently. i'm at a music college and you'd be surprised how many blues-influenced guitarists there are there.


Thank god. I live in Kansas City with many local stores and I am always assaulted when go to check out gear because i'll go for a Fender or Gibson high-ender that I woudln't be able to play elsewhere, then b\plug into a Vox or Fender amp...then I am assaulted by all the metal players saying I play pieces of **** when I am soloing.

Then I challenge them to a little solo-battle. ALL metal players think they can beat me at that, then I school them with crazy licks and killswitch riffs...its' always funny to beat someone playing a chromatic scale 2x my speed with a Blues scale in the same key and KNOWING what notes sound like what to make a nice little lick. lol.
#16
No. BLUES FTW! Man I love blues guitar, its the best, seriously without blues where the heck would everything else be?
Anyway blues is an awesome genre on its own.
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#17
I love blues playing I learn some blues licks/scales on occasion it just adds another dimension to my playing so its not playing rock and metal all the time. It really helps your playing imo especially your phrasing.
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#18
blues isnt going anywhere, just because this forum is full of kids playing metal and the current popular trends in guitar music arnt really much in the way of blues doesnt mean its dying

like has already been said, blues has never really been mainstream anyway
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#19
john mayer, joe bonamassa, seasick steve these guys are relativly new to the blues scene

plus the older generation who are still kickin around

bb king, clapton, and suchlike

but yes on a whole the numbers of new blues players is dwindling
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#20
I really am relieved to hear all this from people...really. I come from one of the founding cities of Blues music and its' already been forgotten here, which made me really worried.

Long live the blue notes!!
#21
Blues will live on. People get the blues like a fever. I randomly pickup the guitar to play the blues when I get the feel. Though it'll live on, I doubt that we'll get swept of our feet like we did with SRV anytime soon. Even when today's music becomes obsolete, it'll have archieic value for the future to study, along with Jazz.
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#22
John Mayer is pretty cool, but some of his stuff sounds a bit too mainstream, only a very little of it though. Definitely a soulful player. Blues will live on forever but will never be as popular as it used to be. Not that I have experienced it, you see... I was born in the completely wrong era.
#24
I don't think it's dying so much as it's being incorporated subtly into other styles as of late.The bottom line is that blues is one of the fundamental roots of guitar music,and because of that there will always be someone out there playing it.We still have modern day classical composers and orchestras,so blues isn't going anywhere.

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#25
Yes it is dying. The influence isn't but the bluesman are and the direct guitar work of those with the blues is fading. I can't find a place to do a show playing the blues. Its terrible right now. I just hope I can be a part of a blues revival of our generation.
#27
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John Mayer is pretty cool, but some of his stuff sounds a bit too mainstream, only a very little of it though. Definitely a soulful player. Blues will live on forever but will never be as popular as it used to be. Not that I have experienced it, you see... I was born in the completely wrong era.


Out of curiosity, didn't John Mayer play the solo on FoB version of beat it?? I'm thinking we've come full circle. Anyway, I am now off to watch crossroads, I figure it can settle this argument...
#29
lol this thread brings out all the arrogant side of people here, IE, " omg i got challenged by this metal head who thinks my high end fender/gibson is a total piece of crap so we had a duel and i kik his ass by playing jimi hendrix or srv licks.

seriously? get real
#30
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Out of curiosity, didn't John Mayer play the solo on FoB version of beat it?? I'm thinking we've come full circle. Anyway, I am now off to watch crossroads, I figure it can settle this argument...


learn2google. I just googled it and guess what, I found the answer. Yes, John Mayer did play the solo, unfortunately. That's what I meant about him being too mainstream.
#31
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lol this thread brings out all the arrogant side of people here, IE, " omg i got challenged by this metal head who thinks my high end fender/gibson is a total piece of crap so we had a duel and i kik his ass by playing jimi hendrix or srv licks.

seriously? get real


Says the guy who owns a '57 Resissue Strat, two Gibsons, a Hughes Kettner, and a Mesa Dual Rec. Right, we're being arrogant. Please show me one example of how anyone was being arrogant in what they said.
#32
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lol this thread brings out all the arrogant side of people here, IE, " omg i got challenged by this metal head who thinks my high end fender/gibson is a total piece of crap so we had a duel and i kik his ass by playing jimi hendrix or srv licks.

seriously? get real


Oh god the irony of this statement is unbelievable
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#33
Blues seems to cycle. It becomes popular then fades a bit, only to become popular again. It also depends on where you look. Chicago has a very health blues scene. I imagine that Memphis is the same. Back Door Slam sure sounded like blues to me. It may fade but it never dies.
#34
Everytime you listen to a guitar solo you're hearing the blues. It wouldn't exist without it.
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#35
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Blues seems to cycle. It becomes popular then fades a bit, only to become popular again. It also depends on where you look. Chicago has a very health blues scene. I imagine that Memphis is the same.


Don't forget Louisiana and Mississippi. Good old Delta Blues.
#36
yes. i think it is dying. people view guitar visually by frets, not as noise with an expressive nature. our generation doesnt have the same mindset as other generations and as a result, good music isn't coming out as often as before.

also, the economy is dropping pretty rapidly. in the past, a lot of good music has come out bad times. this might be a good thing to come out of all this sinking economy stuff.
#38
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mmhmmmm some mississippi glass medicine bottles blues


hell yeah, dude. I'm actually waiting to get an acoustic and always keep it in open G just so I can play that kind stuff.


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#39
Nope. It never really has been either, it's just that it hasn't changed much since SRV. I think the only guy I've heard that's different and newer than him is Seasick Steve.

But oh well. Everyone likes their own genre of music, whether it's blues, metal, dance or whatever. No music is worse than any other kind of music.
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#40
I went to crossroads, and I can guarantee that the blues is alive and kickin'. Most incredible concert I've ever been to.

Oh, and Delta Blues FTW!
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