Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong once sang “You got a right to sing the blues.” This blog is dedicated to the idea that you also got a right to play the living hell outta the blues guitar.

Little did the white man know when he ruthlessly plucked the black man from his native land that this vile and evil act would mark the beginning of every worthwhile form of American music. Indeed it is hard to imagine just what the music of the new world would be without the contribution of the black man.

One thing is for sure: it would suck.

Just as any guitarist who doesn’t spend some time playing the blues sucks. Sure, they may have technical prowess, they may be able to play the hell out of those scales and arpeggios, but does it mean a damn thing if they ain’t got no soul?

I say NO!

I’ve heard many educated guitar players that I prayed would just shut up, or worse, that put me to sleep. Yet I’ve been moved to tears by a bluesman who played from the heart, who made that guitar cry like a baby from the depths of the soul.

Charlie Parker is famous for saying something like “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn,” and that is what the blues is all about: living, loving, winning and losing, and eventually dying.

So on the pages of this blog I am going to get deep into the heart of the blues, because the blues lives deep in my heart. I’m gonna get down and dirty, deep in the river where the blues flows like the blood in my veins. I’m gonna tell you how it is, and hopefully together we will learn to better play the hell outta the blues guitar.

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