Kings of Blues & Rock # 1 : Johnny Winter - Andy Aledort Page One

I've been an devoted admirer of Johnny Winter since high school in 1967. I got teary eyed when he died. I really did. And I was minding my own business when I heard the announcement of his passing in July 2014.

Johnny being gone hit close to home for some reason more than some others.  Johnny made it so it didn't matter what color you were!

Johnny was unique and a guitar player that you younger folks might not have been exposed to. Johnny Winter, The Progressive Blues Experiment and Second Winter (a double album) are the records that quite frankly made me a Johnny Winter idolator. Get them! Thank me later.

Johnny could fingerstyle the heck out the guitar and play slide too like no ones business. Delta Blues to Chicago Blues he could play them all. Johnny was the Stevie Ray before there was a Stevie Ray and he was before the most Reverend Billy G. too. Eric Clapton was a contemporary of Johnnies and Jimmy Page, Freddie King, Albert King and BB King were all there too. There were many more of course! Johnny particularly loved Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and B.B. King but Johnny jammed and often hung with Freddie King.

In my opinion Johnny Winter was the perhaps most unique of all these guys as far as playing the bejesus out of the guitar and keeping his guitar affairs in order. I read somewhere like Guitar Player Magazine that Johnny learned to play the guitar studying the fingerstyle method of Chet Atkins. Our intrepid instructor Andy Aledort tells us that Johnny played the ukulele and clarinet before moving over to the guitar. At 15 years old he was considered the hottest guitar player in Texas. That's an idea! Buy your toddler a ukulele to beat on and learn them some basics.

Odds are if you are a Johnny Winter fan you wouldn't mind seeing contextual fret board activity up close and personal with replay ability and TAB? And, if I was not aware of another Johnny Winter guitar instructional lesson, I would 100% manipulate your young impressionable minds to get this one.

See Andy Aledort's Johnny Winter Guitar Lesson Page One, Page Two, Page Three

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“You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” ― Charlie Parker