When I hear Hoochie Coochie Man or Sky is crying and the likes, the time stops, my body starts quivering, and my face starts melting. That is what blues does to me and I want to learn how to play the blues! I think blues runs in my veins but I may be tone deaf. Actually not, if I try real hard I can carry a tune, especially affer a few. That makes me think it's all on my head. Having said that I can barely strum "While my guitar gently weeps" or the beginning of "Wish you were here".
Years ago as a kid I wanted to learn guitar and got signed up for lessons and make the storytelling short, I walked off after the second lesson when I discovered "notes" were involved. Since I thought Paul and John (and yes, I do think first name basis is appropriate) did not know notes, as was the common misconception.
Anyway where was I? I've since decided that I will learn enough to play blues. But that's a relative concept, isn't it? When do you know you've learned it? Does BB know he's learned it? What about Eric Clapton or Joe Walsh? Did Stevie Ray knew? Againt these masters I have at least a 40 year handicap. But my goal is simple I want to be able play "Yer Blues", or Rocky Mountain Way, perhaps Sky is crying or Eric Claptons rendition of Alberta - to name a few. You know not to a crowd of hundreds, just for my own personal enjoyment.
I borrowed my kids' Learning guitar book with the "Mary had a little lamb" and the likes. There has got to be a another way! My friends learned to play, or in reality, learn to imitate the great ones in six months. I've been at this - on and off - since like 1980.
Of course I'm trying to be realistic as I do not expect to make much progress in few weeks but I just don't want to play Mary had a little lamb anymore. Enlighten me! What say you?