Delta Blues Licks in Open G Tuning

This next 40 min lesson is on some of the commonly used licks and chords used by Charlie Patton, Son House and Robert Johnson. I think it’s important to learn them your own way.

I understand that some people want to learn a particular song or lick exactly the way it was played by a certain person at a certain point in time. I get it, I really do.

Here’s the problem for me. I’ve done that. Being the improviser I am I have twisted and rearranged so many of these songs and licks over the years that at times I would have to go back to the record and relearn it.

In my blues journey I finally y came to the conclusion…..and as a result of watching these guys on concert videos… that it doesn’t matter. They usually played that lick or phrase or song that way once and it got caught on recording and so everyone emulates it.

No two Blues guys ever sounded the same. There were echoes of each others music back and forth and through out all of their recordings but that’s it.

The Blues is a living changing and growing thing. It’s still evolving to this day and has long left the Delta and spread out into the world.

Learn where the old guys played, learn their songs, but don’t be rigid. Throw some of “you ” in there as well. A lot of “you!”I recommend the below disc because I have it and listening to it over and over again can really help you with the feel of the music. A bonus to listening to these discs is the fact you have the added dimension of being able to play in their style.