10 Ways To Start a Blues Solo
Great ways to start a blues solo. This is not easy to explain in written form so I recommend you watch the video to learn how to start your next blues solo and make your playing more interesting. If you search for some ideas for your next solo in the song or you just want to learn a new exercise to extend your blues vocabulary this video is for you.
Starting a slow blues solo can be nerve-wracking. What should the first lick be? Of course, we all want to be creative enough to “just have it flow”, but in reality, sometimes you actually need to be playing for those creative thoughts to start flowing. The licks in this lesson all fit at the beginning of a solo and if you feel stuck, these licks are specific things that you can fall back on to help you get past that opening hurdle.
Blues is a musical genre known as the folklore of African-American musicians. Its origins are associated with the southern states of the USA, that is the region conventionally called the “deep south”. The very name of the genre (sadness, despair) is related to its nostalgic form, also in the textual layer. Blues pieces touch male-female relationships as well as feelings and emotions (love, loneliness, faithfulness, jealousy). However, blues performers often sing about freedom, work and travel. The songs also feature social criticism relating mainly to racial inequality and political issues.
Many artists are inspired by blues music and combine it with other styles. In this way, such musical mergers as punk blues, soul blues or blues rock. The popularity of this genre in the USA has led to the emergence of regional varieties, such as Louisiana, New Orleans, Texas and Detroit blues. There are also factions characteristic of other countries – British blues and African blues.