In the late 19th and early 20th century, African Americans who worked in the fields and work
camps created the blues. Although the blues went in many different avenues, the most significant
was created in a very special part of the United States, in an area of the Mississippi also known
as the Delta. The area near the Mississippi River in between the Yazoo River, Memphis, and
Vicksburg, the cotton growing regions are responsible for many of the early blues players.
Although the area known as the delta is well known as the area in the Mississippi it is not limited
to just that area. Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas also developed important artist as well. These
areas helped develop the term know now as the Delta blues.
The blues now over 100 years old has become one of the most successful genres of music today,
and as a result still packs night clubs, concert halls, and stadiums. We can all thank current
musicians today for keeping the blues alive and active.
The blues is still so popular and considered one of the more important styles of music because
the songs deeply touch human feelings in a way no other music can. It captures the sole and
essence of people which is missing in today's pop, rap, rock and digital music. It identifies and
touches real people, with real life issues, and talks about real life lessons. No music today will
ever come close to providing the kind of emotions and feelings the blues can give.
It is said that the blues is custom made for the guitar so it is a natural progression when learning
the theory and development of playing the guitar that the blues is usually one of the first and
most important steps in your journey and in the creation of any guitar god. While some music
today sounds great without the guitar, it is very rare that you will ever find a successful blues
band without one; it truly is the sole and voice of blues music and cannot be replaced by any
The blues will never die and is in good hands with today's generation. There are many young
players out there today that are developing the skills and creating new techniques that would pay
respects to the blues guitar elders. They are keeping the blues alive and flourishing for the next
generation of blues players.
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