Two famous Delta blues in the key of E:
Willie Brown's M & O Blues
Tommy Johnson's Bye Bye Blues
Willie Brown's Future Blues in an Open G tuning (D G D G B D) presents many of the hallmark licks that were also used by Willie's two close friends, Charlie Patton and Son House.
Mississippi John Hurt played totally differently in the Open G tuning and we discuss his arrangement of Frankie.
Recorded in 1942 by Alan Lomas for the Library of Congress, Willie Brown's Mississippi Blues (a different Willie Brown then the one presented in our first two lessons) is an unusual Delta blues played in the key of A that imitates the popular piano blues of its time. This unusual arrangement has become a standard in today's fingerpicking repertoire. We conclude this lesson with a discussion of various blues licks in A.