Watch the Blues for Two online guitar lesson by Mimi Fox from Jazz Performance

The blues is the mother of jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, and many other styles of music. The "call and response" found in a blues, the chordal movement, and most of all, the contagious feeling of the blues is something that is very special. I personally feel that if you don't reference the blues somewhere in your own playing, you are missing out on an important opportunity to bring the audience and your fellow musicians on a journey with you. The blues really is a compelling music and I recommend you listen to all the early, great blues artists people like Ida Cox, Ma Rainey, Josh White, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and scores of others. There would be no jazz or rock without these great and inspirational artists.