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Acoustic Blues Guitar Personalities - Stefan Grossmans Guitar Workshop

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  1. DVD - Jackson Blues Guitar
    $26.95
    Jackson, Mississippi attracted a host of blues musicians from 1910--1940. Transcriptions and teaching of recorded performances from Tommy Johnson; Itta Bena natives Rube Lacy and Ishmon Bracey, with their distinctive vocal head tones and intense playing; Geeshie Wiley, a woman who played and sang as strongly as any man; Walter Vinson, guitarist & lead singer for the Mississippi Sheiks; and Bo Carter, with his rich chordal vocabulary and Jazzy sound. A wide range of left and right hand approaches and ways of keeping time to expand your abilities, moving far from simple alternating bass. A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file, with lyrics and original source recordings. Intermediate. 97 min. Learn More
  2. DVD - Guitar of Lonnie Johnson
    $35.95
    2-DVD set. In this double DVD, the first devoted in its entirety to the guitar style of Lonnie Johnson, Eisinger explores Johnson's blues style in detail, presenting stylistic hallmarks of Johnson's playing, including a discussion of left hand fingerings, use of diminished chords and Lonnie's blues playing in the Key of D. Ari teaches eight guitar breaks from some of Lonnie's best tunes. These include his instrumental masterpiece "To Do This You Got To Know How," his jazzy "Uncle Ned Don't Use Your Head," his evocative "Woke Up With the Blues In My Fingers" and "I'm So Tired Of Living All Alone," Lonnie's version of the song Skip James recorded as "I'm So Glad." A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file. Also includes the original recordings of all the tunes. Advanced. 167 min. Learn More
  3. DVD - Texas Blues Guitar (Guitar Workshop)
    $26.95
    Learn from the music of the greatest of the early Country Blues singer/guitarists: Blind Lemon Jefferson, Texas sharecropper Mance Lipscomb, the almost forgotten Otis Harris, ace lyricist Funny Papa Smith, Willie Reed, and Lil' Son Jackson. Powerful and challenging, learning to play these songs will build technique. A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD. The original recordings are also included. Intermediate. 118 min. Learn More
  4. DVD - Memphis Blues Guitar
    $26.95
    Transcriptions and teaching of songs from the hugely influential Memphis Minnie, transplanted Mississippians Furry Lewis, Robert Wilkins and Frank Stokes and more obscure names like Tom Dickson and Allen Shaw. The songs have been selected for their musical merit, but also to build your skills as a Country Blues guitarist, with numbers in D, G, E and C in standard tuning, as well as Open G tuning. A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD. The original old recordings are also included. Intermediate. 90 min. Learn More
  5. DVD - Guitar of Mississippi John Hurt, Vol. 2
    $26.95
    It's no exaggeration to say that much of the interest in Country Blues today can be attributed to the tremendous appeal of Hurt upon audiences during the brief period between his rediscovery in 1963 and his death in 1966. Presents more songs showcasing his playing in different keys. Booklet in note/tab, with lyrics, included as a a PDF file. 101 min. Learn More
  6. DVD - Guitar of Mississippi John Hurt, Vol. 1
    $26.95
    Mississippi John Hurt's appeal was universal - he was very much a musician of his time and place, playing within a tradition, but mapping out his own territory. Though famed for fingerpicking in the alternating bass style, he would often employ omitted beats or syncopated runs. Also, unlike many musicians of his region, he was comfortable in a variety of keys, routinely working in E, A, D, G, and C in standard tuning, as well as Open D and Open G tunings. These songs were chosen to showcase his playing in different keys. With rare silent film footage of Hurt playing guitar at his home in Washington. Note/tab booklet with lyrics included as a PDF file. 90 min. Learn More
  7. DVD-The Gospel Guitar of Rev. Gary Davis
    $53.95
    4-DVD set. Davis was a musical genius. His music and guitar playing spanned a century of different techniques and styles: touching on blues, ragtime, folk, gospel, marching songs and tin pan alley hits. In these four full-length video lessons, Ernie Hawkins teaches 14 of Davis's most requested gospel arrangements. Rare footage of Rev. Davis playing many of the tunes taught is featured. Gives a detailed rundown of each arrangement, analyzing the structure and timing of each phrase, verse and chorus and then replaying everything slower on a split screen with close-ups of both hands. 80 page note/tab booklet included as a PDF file. Almost six hours of instruction. Learn More
  8. DVD-The Guitar of Bo Carter
    $26.95
    Bo played with absolute facility in a variety of tunings and keys. His career, from 1928-1940, was of a longevity equaled by few Country bluesmen. Known for his double-entendre party songs, his harmonic sense was unique in the Country blues. His right hand approach was different too, picking with all fingers and moving fluidly between alternation, thumping and runs with his thumb. Includes "Let Me Roll Your Lemon," "Pussy Cat Blues," "Policy Blues," "Dinner Blues," and "Arrangement For Me Blues." Tab booklet included as a PDF file. 91 min. Learn More
  9. DVD-The Guitar of Robert Wilkins
    $26.95
    Wilkins had a pronounced compositional bent and a gift for varying the blues structure in interesting ways. His lyrics were equally original and poetic. His subtly powerful guitar-playing and soulful vocals combine for an unforgettable sound. Titles include "I Do Blues," "Jailhouse Blues," "Rolling Stone," "Police Sergeant Blues," "That's No Way To Get Along," and "I'll Go With Her." Tab booklet included as a PDF file. 82 min. Learn More
  10. DVD-The Guitar of Furry Lewis
    $26.95
    Lewis recorded 25 sides between 1927 and 1929, and was rediscovered during the 1960s. He was one of the most improvisatory of bluesmen. He was a two finger picker with an unusually varied repertoire of right hand attacks. In open tunings, he favored big brush strokes with his thumb on the upbeats, while playing in E, he adopted a very complex, detail-oriented approach. Titles taught include "Stack O'Lee," "I Will Turn Your Money Green," "Kassie Jones," and "Rock Island Blues." Includes tab booklet as PDF file. 89 min. Learn More
  11. DVD - Guitar of Leadbelly
    $26.95
    Shows how Leadbelly played his booming 12-string guitar. Lewman explores the stories behind the songs and teaches in detail the unusual way in which Lead Belly tuned, strung, and played the 12-string guitar. Features rare footage of Leadbelly. Includes tab/music booklet as a PDF file. Intermediate. 81 min. Learn More
  12. DVD-The Guitar of Blind Lemon Jefferson
    $26.95
    Considering that he was the most popular male blues recording artist of the 1920s, we know very little about Jefferson. He recorded over 100 sides for the Paramount label and died in mysterious circumstances in 1929. He has had few imitators due to the complexity of his guitar playing and distinctiveness of his voice. Ari explains his technique secrets and teaches five of Jefferson's most popular arrangements - "Matchbox Blues," "Black Horse Blues," "Yo Yo Blues," "Bad Luck Blues," and "One Dime Blues." Intermediate/advanced. Includes tab booklet as a PDF file. 95 min. Learn More
  13. DVD-The Guitar of Mance Lipscomb, Vol. 2
    $26.95
    In this lesson Ernie highlights the ever popular "Spoonful," two ragtime instrumentals in the key of G and A and an extended blues in the key of G. Intermediate. Includes tab booklet as a PDF file. 66 min. Learn More
  14. DVD-The Guitar of Mance Lipscomb, Vol. 1
    $26.95
    Lipscomb was the most accomplished of the Texas "dead thumb" guitarists. His solid driving bass propelled his music. Hawkins teaches all the tricks and techniques of his style. Titles include: "Captain Captain," "Night Time Is The Right Time," "Goin' Down Slow," more. Intermediate/advanced, Includes tab booklet as a PDF file, 66 min. Learn More
  15. DVD - Atlanta Blues Guitar
    $26.95
    Transcriptions and teaching of recorded performances from the youthful Buddy Moss, a player who influenced generations of East Coast players; George Carter, a mysterious 12-string guitarist who recorded only four titles; Curley Weaver, a players player, widely acknowledged to be among the finest accompanists in the blues; Julius Daniels, who came down from North Carolina to Atlanta to record early on; and Peg Leg Howell, a bootlegger-turned musician who busked in the streets of Atlanta both as a soloist and in a trio with the fiddler Eddie Anthony and guitarist Henry Williams. The songs will expand your right hand techniques and knowledge of the neck, with one song employing the almost never encountered Open B flat tuning. A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file, with lyrics, transcriptions, and the original source recordings. Intermediate. 107 min. Learn More
  16. DVD-The Gospel Guitar of Mississippi John Hurt
    $26.95
    Hurt is renowned for his blues songs, yet his gospel songs may more accurately reflect the heart of the man himself; gentle yet powerful, simple yet substantial. Tom takes you step by step through Hurt's most inspiring gospel songs in the keys of G, C, D and E. "Do Lord Remember Me," "Here I Am Oh Lord Send Me," "Since I've Laid My Burden Down," "Oh Mary Don't You Weep," more.Tab/music booklet included as a PDF file. The original recordings of all the tunes are included. Beginning/intermediate. 104 min. Learn More
  17. DVD - Novelty Instrumentals of Rev. Gary Davis
    $26.95
    Hawkins teaches three Rev. Davis arrangements that will challenge your fingers. Davis's tour de force in concert was his "Soldiers March," a multi-part instrumental played in the keys of F and C. Few country blues guitarists played in the key of F. "Darktown Strutters Ball" captures the atmosphere of the 1920s. "Whistlin' Blues" uses bottleneck combined with an Open D6 tuning to create an unusual boogie piano sound. Hawkins teaches phrase by phrase and shows you the right hand picking as well as the left hand fingerings unique to Davis's approach. Split screen, tab/music booklet included as a PDF file. Audio performances of Davis playing each song. Intermediate/advanced. 93 min. Learn More
  18. DVD - Rags and Minstrel Show Songs of Rev. Gary Davis
    $35.95
    2-DVD set. Rev. Gary Davis had an enormous repertoire. In this double DVD lesson Hawkins presents some of his most requested rags and minstrel tunes. These vary from "Sally Where'd You Get Your Liquor From" to the complex dance rhythms of "Buck Dance" and "Twelve Sticks" to "Devil's Dream," an instrumental played in the Key of F. These arrangements will challenge any guitarist. Ernie teaches each tune phrase by phrase and carefully shows you the right hand picking as well as the left hand fingerings that were unique to Rev. Davis' approach. Features split screen segments where each section is played slowly and you can study the movements of each hand. Includes audio performances of Rev. Davis playing each song. Beginning/intermediate. 178 min. Learn More
  19. DVD - Ragtime Guitar of Rev. Gary Davis
    $35.95
    2-DVD set. Davis was an incredible ragtime guitar player whose arrangements illustrate what has become known as the Piedmont guitar style. In this double DVD lesson, Ernie Hawkins teaches each section phrase-by-phrase and carefully shows you the right hand picking as well as the left hand fingerings that were unique to Daviss approach. Also features split screen segments where each section is played slowly and you can study the movements of each hand. As a bonus it includes performances of Davis playing each song! Includes tab/notation booklet as a PDF file. Beginning/intermediate. 173 min. Learn More
  20. DVD - Blues Guitar of Rev. Gary Davis
    $35.95
    2-DVD set. Hawkins teaches nine of Davis's best known blues arrangements. These songs have become well known through the playing of Bob Dylan (Baby, Let Me Lay It On You), Jackson Browne (Cocaine Blues), Hot Tuna (Hesitation Blues) John Renbourn, Stefan Grossman, Ramblin Jack Elliott and a host of other musicians. Davis approached playing the blues in several different styles. Each had unique characteristics and ranged from what he called "old fashion picking" to complex playing that explored and extended the blues tradition on the fingerboard. Each arrangement is broken down phrase by phrase and then played slowly on a split screen. As a bonus it includes various audio performances of Rev. Davis playing each song. Volume One: "Spoonful," "Cocaine Blues," "Delia," "Baby Let Me Lay It On You" and "Candyman." Volume Two: "Hesitation Blues," "Penitentiary Blues," "Florida Blues" and "Can't Be Satisfied." Tab booklet included as a PDF file. 176 min. Learn More

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