I mostly play the blues. The guy I play with often wants to play rock instead, so some of that too. My goal is to make the move from blues to jazz, but many years may pass before that happens. So for now I’m just jamming with the blues, trying to learn the basics of music from here
Funny thing is that when I first started, I didn’t like the blues at all. I got myself two blues CD’s, but they were just awful to listen to (Muddy Waters and Sonny Boy). So I just noodled around, played gospel and folk songs in first position. Eventually I started getting into Irish music, but it knocked me right on my ass! I tried to learn it by ear, but boy is that music fast! I did however get some experience when it came to playing by ear, which again led me to improvise much more than before. One day I started playing in second position without the bends, and quickly I started to learn bending too. I was playing horrible blues licks, bending the third hole all the way, hitting notes out of the scale, generally having very much fun. Eventually I got more control of my bends and I bought a CD by Sonny Terry (loved it!), and I started watching Adam Gussows videos again. Before I knew what was what I were looking for a guitar player to practise with, and now we jam once a week or more
Now I have three CD’s by Muddy Waters, and they are all awesome! I listen to blues all day, I sing blues in the shower and I always have blues on my mind.
What the fuck happened?