Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS - Neville Marten, Edi­tor neville.marten@fu­turenet.com

Nev con­tem­plates the vast range of ap­proaches from American gui­tarists of all gen­res...

Given that amer­ica is so vast it’s no real sur­prise that each state can throw up its own vari­ant of a par­tic­u­lar style. Look at the dif­fer­ence be­tween new York and La jazz – the for­mer is hard edged and mean, whereas the lat­ter is gen­er­ally smoother (huge gen­er­al­i­sa­tion, but you get my drift); and New Or­leans, a dif­fer­ent ket­tle of fish al­to­gether (and, of course, the orig­i­nal).

it’s the same with blues. con­sider the coun­try blues that be­gan in mis­sis­sippi. then com­pare it to what it trans­muted into when those orig­i­na­tors mi­grated up to chicago and went elec­tric, turn­ing it into the ro­bust and of­ten men­ac­ing style of muddy Wa­ters and howlin’ Wolf. the two couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent.

Back down in the south west in texas, they cre­ated their own dis­tinct slant on the blues, adding fire and spirit, plus an ex­tra help­ing of tech­ni­cal flash and vis­ual show­man­ship. think of that fa­mous t-Bone Walker pic where he’s do­ing the splits and play­ing his eS-250 be­hind his head. Fan­tas­tic stuff! Of course, chuck Berry (i write this on the great man’s 90th birth­day!) took a leaf out of Walker’s book when it came to his play­ing and his stage an­tics. this month’s lead fea­ture is all about the fab­u­lous blues­men that arose out of the Lon­es­tar State. and what a ros­ter it is: from the afore­men­tioned t-Bone, to the bril­liance of Fred­die King, the slightly jazz­ier ‘Ice­man’ Al­bert Collins; the firespit­ting Johnny Win­ter and his al­most rock and roll blues to, of course, Ste­vie ray and brother Jim­mie vaughan. But let’s not for­get the likes of Billy Gib­bons, chris Duarte, David Gris­som and even the great eric John­son. Jon Bishop ex­am­ines their styles and more, and pro­vides some fab­u­lous licks to add to your blues reper­toire. en­joy – and i’ll see you next month for an­other fun-filled GT!

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