Acoustic Blues Guitar- Enhancing The Experience Of Blues Music

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					It was in America that the blues style of music came to life and became a worldwide
music phenomenon. In fact, this musical type is regarded as one of the foundations of
various contemporary music. The musical techniques used by early blues musicians
are still being used for the composition not only of modern blues but also in musical
styles such as pop, jazz and rock just to name a few. In a way, the longevity and
influence of blues music can be credited not only to the musicians who continuously
play and sung such music but also with the introduction of both electric and acoustic
blues guitar units.

  Basically, blues music can be divided into four categories: Delta blues, Chicago
blues, Texas Blues and Blues rock. Each of the mentioned types vary from one
another though all of them can be played using either an electric or acoustic blues
guitar. Delta blues is considered as the original form of blues music that was initially
played by the itinerant black men from the Delta region of Mississippi. Such blues
type involves the use of the 12 bar arrangement and vocal repetition justified by a call
and response lyrical framing. Chicago blues is somewhat a modified version of the
Delta blues that was widely played in the Chicago area. Aside from using some of the
techniques employed in Delta blues, Chicago blues is very distinct from its
predecessor in such a way that it uses a variety of instruments like electric guitars,
horns and drum set and combine it with electric amplified voice. On the other hand,
Texas blues is somewhat similar with Chicago blues in the aspect of instruments used
and became the trademark musical style of artists like Lightnin' Hopkins and T-Bone
Walker. Meanwhile, 1960's brought to us the combination of Delta and Chicago blues
in the form of blues rock. Artists such as the Rolling Stones, the Doors and ZZ top
brought blues rock into center stage by copying the lyrical styling and performances
of past blues players. Aside from these four basic types, blues style also has several
subgenres like Vaudeville Blues, Kansas City Blues, and Detroit Blues among others,
but all of them have unifying stylistic traits that follow the Delta and Chicago blues.

 Before 1960's folk revival right until 1980's blues renaissance, guitar manufacturers
didn't give emphasis on developing guitars that would accompany blues music. In fact,
the creation of blues guitars is a recent innovation by guitar manufacturers as a means
to pay homage to the sound of blues. As a result of their efforts, they've created
top-of-the-line blues guitars that include Gibson L-1 flattop, Gibson ES-175 Archtop,
National steel, Gibson J-200, Gibson Les Paul, Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster,
Gibson ES-355, Gibson SG and Gibson-ES355. All these electric and acoustic blues
guitar models have, in one way or another, catalyzed the spread of blues around the

  Individually, the abovementioned instruments has unique qualities that complement
specific subgenres of blues music. But, all of them are well appreciated by artists and
blues fans alike due to their quality, tonal balance and solid wood finish, which in turn
contribute to their costly price tags. Although they may actually cost you an arm and
leg during initial purchase, you don't have to worry because you can be assured that
you're getting your money's worth as these instruments exemplify the highest level of
craftsmanship. Similarly, they have been tried, tested and recommended by many
blues musicians including T-Bone Walker, Bob Brozman, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton
and Keith Richards.If you're thinking of having your own blues guitar, you have other
options at hand other than these stringed instruments. In fact, it would be more
preferable to have a blues guitar that complements your personality, and you can
actually achieve this through custom acoustic guitars.

  One advantage of opting for custom acoustic guitars is that you could have your
instrument designed according to your personality and level of mastery in the field of
blues music. Remember that having a good guitar, whether acoustic or electric, is
imperative for you to properly execute the complex techniques involved in blues
music. Before you make your purchase however, you must first pay attention on your
level of expertise as well as the type of blues you play so that the guitar-maker will
know what to include and to exclude in crafting your guitar. If you're still learning
blues, it is advised that you seek advise from a professional or long time blues player
so that you won't have trouble finding the right instrument.

  There is no general agreement about what's the best acoustic guitar or electric guitar
for blues. This is because good blues does not rely solely on the instrument but also
from the human voice that the instrument accompanies. You must put in mind that the
genre of blues came from the subjects of infidelity, misfortune and bad karma. And
the earliest players of blues combined these emotions together along with their voices
and instruments, which turned the craft of blues into an art. Therefore, if you will
learn how to blend your emotions and your voice with the way you play your
instrument, you'll definitely make good blues that can move your listeners. After all,
blues is a form of rhythmic and emotional freedom that you have to fully engage
yourself with in order to produce music that truly expresses your emotions.

 Blues is probably one of the most popular music genres that have captured the
interest of various artists from around the world. The sound of blues was further
improved after the introduction of different acoustic blues guitar units in the market
that are especially made for such kind of music. There is actually no agreement as to
what's the best acoustic guitar that plays good blues. However, if you would like to
make the music your own, it's probably wiser to have one of those custom acoustic
guitars to ensure that it would fit the type of blues you play.