Influential Blues Guitarists

Welcome back! In this installment, we will continue our discussion on influential guitar players with influential blues guitarists. We only have time to cover a few of the many innovative players from this genre. Once again, I encourage you to discover more on your own. It is important as a guitarist to know the history of your instrument and to understand the development of that instrument over time.

Influential Blues Guitarists

Born in 1911, Robert Johnson was one of the earliest and most influential blues guitarists. Between 1936 and 1937, Robert recorded 29 songs that showcased his exceptional songwriting, singing and guitar technique. These landmark recordings would inspire future blues and rock guitar players, such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.

B.B. King is considered one of the greatest influential blues guitarists of all time. With a career that began in the late 1940’s, B.B. has influenced countless guitar players with his sophisticated style of soloing. He is known for his fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato technique, as evidenced on songs like “The Thrill Is Gone” and “Lucille.”

Stevie Ray Vaughan was an amazing blues guitarist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He is considered one of the most influential electric guitar players in the history of the blues. In the 1980’s, SRV was an important figure in the revival of mainstream blues music. His passionate style and impeccable technique can be heard on such albums as “Texas Flood” and “Soul to Soul.”

We will continue with our exploration of historically significant guitarists next time with players from the heavy metal genre. Stay tuned!

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Daniel Saunders

Daniel Saunders

Daniel is the Guitar Program Supervisor at Let’s Play Music and Make Art, LLC. He holds a degree in Music Performance from the Musicians Institute in California where he taught for nearly ten years. He is also published through Hal Leonard for Guitar World Magazine Video Lessons.

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