Blues Guitar Employs The Elemental Beat Of African

by:NUTAKE     2020-09-14
Picking blues guitar in a modern world is a strange thing to try. Even the very poorest of us in the Western world are so much more well off than the classic blues men who single handedly invented the sound that was the foundation of all jazz, rock and pop music of today. Even with the help of blues guitar tabs, it's tough for us to grasp that feeling. The fundamental beat evidently descended from African roots, but today's African music is much richer in rhythmic variety and complexity, so how did that happen? It is likely that the first 'guitars' were elementary single stringed instruments put together from a cigar box, or something like that. It wasn't feasible to make music of a very intricate nature, and probably created a musical 'thunk', with very little variation in tonal pattern. For a long time in the Southern states of America, drums were prohibited, as were many things that lifted the spirit of the negro workers and promoted thoughts of bravery or freedom. Possibly the pulsating sound of early blues guitar became more drum like, which could explain why the monotonic thumb strike way of picking was prevalent. In this style of picking guitar, the beat was less complex and the thumb strike took the place of a drum beat. In those difficult times, a skilful player would play a monotonous bass line which might be at the same beat as a man's heart. This meant that the music would have an emotional impact and didn't have to be intellectually understood, or be musically intricate. Modern blues guitar lessons often fail to teach this facet of the blues. Another possibility relates to the work that negro slaves were made to carry out. Many types of hard labor involved rhythmic repeated movements, like scything down corn, digging with a hoe, hitting with a hammer or easing over steel train rail. We can see examples of the latter in old black and white films, when a group of men with long pinch bars sing a rhythmic work song and synchronize their movements in such a way that the heavy rail is pushed over a fraction of an inch at the finish of each line or chorus. Frequently the work song or field holler was split into a request and an answer performed by different groups in the gang. This phenomenon of call and response was employed in subsequent blues songs when sung by just two people, and was also very common in gospel music. Even though modern music has evolved with complex structures and danceable variations, the fundamental rhythms are still heard - the underlying guitar boogie is apparent in a great number of rock standards over the past 60 years. The more complex rhythms of ragtime blues guitar was the foundation of modern jazz.
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