Welcome to 'Playing the Blues'. This book covers all the basics of contemporary blues guitar style. Some of the thins we will be looking at in this book are traditional blues progressions, chord voicings, rhythms used in comping, string bending, picking techniques, scales used in blues soloing and many blues licks.
Ford was born in Woodlake but raised in Ukiah, California, and began playing the saxophone at age 10, picking up the guitar at age 13. Robben and his brothers Mark (mouthharp) and Patrick Ford (drums) had a band they named the Charles Ford Blues Band in honor of their father.
Ford began playing professionally at age 18 when the Charles Ford Blues Band got a gig backing Charlie Musselwhite. The band also recorded two albums The Charles Ford Band and Discovering the Blues. Next Ford put together a band with Bay Area musicians that became Jimmy Witherspoon's backup band. Ford recorded two albums with Witherspoon, Live and Spoonful'. The Ford Blues Band reunites periodically.
Ford was named one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century" by Musician magazine.ically, and released live albums in the 1980s and 1990s.
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