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Jazz or Blues??

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Simpleman, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. Simpleman

    Simpleman Strat-Talker

    457
    Jun 27, 2010
    Arkansas
    hey it’s been awhile, just started back playing after a long hiatus.

    I’m just not sure which direction I want to take my playing this time. I played Jazz in collage just not sure I want to go down that rabbit hole again.
    I never really put much time in to playing blues/ blues rock, but it seems like everyone played blues guitar.

    With family and Work and life in general I still have the desire to play jus not sure of the direction I want to take.

    Can you help me make up my mind.lol
    Thanks,
    Kelly
     
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  2. StillAlive&Well

    StillAlive&Well Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Oct 4, 2014
    Frog, Texas

  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Certified Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    58
    May 21, 2010
    In my own little world
    Just play music you like. No need to hang labels on everything.
     

  4. conehead

    conehead Strat-Talker

    Age:
    46
    299
    Apr 12, 2017
    way out there
    Not this kind of blues.




    Use your previous jazz knowledge to sidestep pentatonic "blooze" wanking and make the world a better place.
    ;)
     
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  5. JoshPhase90Wah

    JoshPhase90Wah Strat-Talker

    165
    Sep 11, 2011
    KENT
    What style of music got you playing guitar in the first place? I love revisiting the songs and bands that got me starting playing guitar. Other than that, why not go all Robben Ford and Larry Carlton - get those jazzy blues licks a'coming.
     
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  6. TheDuck

    TheDuck Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 12, 2016
    Lil' Rhody
    Play it all, enjoy it all. :thumb:

    I play everything from European Symphonic Metal to ABBA, and most things in between.
    Labels, genres, meh, they mean nothing.
     
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  7. mjark

    mjark Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 15, 2015
    Maryland
    We can't decide for you.
     

  8. StratSounds

    StratSounds Strat-O-Master

    964
    Sep 10, 2016
    Salt Lake City
    How's about...........BOTH.
     
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  9. TangerineDog

    TangerineDog Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 5, 2015
    The EU
    Learn the basic rules of Blues if you haven't already.
    You need those for basic Jazz.

    Then just roll with what you feel when you plug in.
     

  10. Simpleman

    Simpleman Strat-Talker

    457
    Jun 27, 2010
    Arkansas
    I started of with metal years ago. I think my playing now is more onto the quieter side of music. My mine keep pulling more to the jazz side again. But for some reason it’s still an internal struggle for me right now. Thought if I get my thought out there it might free that struggle.

    I know nobody can decide for me but I’d just like to see other opinions on the matter.
     

  11. rolandson

    rolandson Senior Stratmaster

    Jul 13, 2015
    Cascadia
    Then perhaps you might consider my genre: Upscale Blues - Low Brow Jazz®!

    Lyle Lovett and his Big Band meets Brian Setzer and his Orchestra while having drinks with Big Joe and the Dynaflows sort of thing.
     
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  12. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 14, 2009
    Southeast USA
    I kinda think of blues as being a sandbar relative to jazz as the ocean floor: they are totally connected, but blues is just easier for people to "get" immediately -- and it's much easier to see the bottom (following the analogy). But jazz sometimes requires treading water a while before you get comfortable with it... and perhaps you may never see the bottom!

    But it's all good! :)
     

  13. GuitarPix

    GuitarPix Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 21, 2013
    Calgary
    Jazz players playing blues can be a wonderful thing - or go sideways into something like Snarky Puppy which has a lot wider set of influences while still being jazzy
     
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  14. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    76
    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    Fuh Krise Sake

    Play
    Some
    blues/ blues rock

    Something about soulful bluesy music is so uplifting
     
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  15. Paperback Rocker

    Paperback Rocker Nitro-mancer Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 18, 2014
    Victoria TX
    Jazz Odyssey always brings the house down!!
     

  16. Simpleman

    Simpleman Strat-Talker

    457
    Jun 27, 2010
    Arkansas
    That looks like where I’m headed. In jazz I can’t/don’t bend strings.
     

  17. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    76
    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    Is that right?
    Jazz peeples don't bend?
    Really?
    Gooness
     

  18. Tone Guru

    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

    Dec 13, 2011
    Music City TN
    There's a lot of overlap between blues and jazz.
    For many songs it's more about the way it's being played at any particular time and the interpretation of the players.
     

  19. Simpleman

    Simpleman Strat-Talker

    457
    Jun 27, 2010
    Arkansas
    Yeah then again I do love the sound of a nice seventh chord played on a hollow body. Might just have to see which way the music takes me.