#1
I'm sure most of you have heard of this contest. If not, it is a contest put on by Guitar Center and, obviously, it's all about the blues. You play to a backing track in front of an audience and then get judged. For more info check out http://gckingoftheblues.com/

Anyway, what would you guys reccomend to someone a little new to the blues for inspiration? What scales would you guys reccomend playing in to be "bluesiest?" Pretty much, I was hoping for some all around good advice.
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#2
dude the only bluesy scale is pentatonic with blues note, aka blues scale....


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#3
I was waiting for that response, lol.
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#4
Maybe the mixolydian/blues pentatonic
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#5
How bout some good blues to listen to. I only know of Buddy Guy, BB King, Eric Clapton, and ZZ Top (Blues Rock)
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#6
Hmmm... blues to listen to... Keb Mo, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, SRV, and - of course - Robert Johnson are a few.
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#7
Check out some of Rory Gallaghers stuff to, and as mentioned above.. SRV
#8
Quote by UniverseZero
dude the only bluesy scale is pentatonic with blues note, aka blues scale....


not really, the blues scale (non pentatonic, just a minor scale with a diminished 5th) it's better
#9
Quote by deluxity
not really, the blues scale (non pentatonic, just a minor scale with a diminished 5th) it's better


The Blues Scale is a Minor Pentatonic with a b5 in it. Traditionally at least. Or at least that's what I've heard. Or something.
#10
Isn't there major and minor blues scales?

Deluxity...Are you kidding? If that were true, it'd sound horrible and chromatic.
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#11
Check out some old Fleetwood Mac CD's. Despite popular opinion, Fleetwood Mac doesn't begin and end with Stevie Nicks (thank god). Start with "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac" and "Mr. Wonderful." Peter Green's guitar work on those albums is nothing short of brilliant.

EDIT: Also, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers is great stuff. Check out the CD with Eric Clapton.
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#12
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How bout some good blues to listen to. I only know of Buddy Guy, BB King, Eric Clapton, and ZZ Top (Blues Rock)


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#14
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Isn't there major and minor blues scales?

Deluxity...Are you kidding? If that were true, it'd sound horrible and chromatic.


sorry, i got confused

yes, the blues scale is a minor pentatonic scale with a b5

please don't rape me for my mistake
#15
SRV is my very favorite artist...
Having said that...he is too "blues-rock" for traditional blues enthusiasts.

So I would stick with BB King, Albert King, Robert Johnson and such if you are looking for ideas.

Just remember that the blues are not about speed, but about emotion and feeling> See BB King
#16
Quote by TDMize15
SRV is my very favorite artist...
Having said that...he is too "blues-rock" for traditional blues enthusiasts.

So I would stick with BB King, Albert King, Robert Johnson and such if you are looking for ideas.

Just remember that the blues are not about speed, but about emotion and feeling> See BB King



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#17
Go way back and check out some delta blues stuff. Anything written by Blind Lemon Jefferson will work.
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#18
I don't do scales, I don't read music. I do tone, And sound, And style. I myself am a blues artist, ( Blues and southern rock. ) And every famous blues man had his own style, Own tone, But did so in a classic sense. What did BB.King and Stevie Ray Vaughan have in common? They had SOUL! Inspiration is key, And I suggest you don't look at music to get it. Alot of people listen to music to be inspired and most of them end up sounding like the artist they were listening to. ( We've all done it, don't say you haven't. ) I can honestly say I sound alike like SRV when I go into solo, But my Rythms sound more like a Reggae funk. Sit down, And play. It's not hard, But it takes a -feel- for it. Listen to some Jazz, Some Classical. Get that swing into your heels and jam like you never have! True, People that have baised their sound and style from certin artists ( SRV being a Key hit. ) Have made it big, But everyone had their own sort of slosh about it all. I play the blues because I love to close my eyes and watch with me ears, You should find your own way to do just that. =D
#20
Quote by justin_fraser
The degrees of the blues scale are 1 b3 4 b5 5 b7 1.

http://www.cyberfret.com/scales/blues/index.php

Read this, and you will understand it all, and you will learn an awesome box pattern for the blues scale.




Gave me a good chuckle that I just happened to be practicing that pattern around the fretboard as I read your post.
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E|-------------------------------------------1--
B|-----------------------------------1--4--
G|-------------------------1-3-4--
D|------------------1-3----
A|--------1-2-3----
E|-1-4-----

Just move it around the fretboard