Spirituals for Fingerstyle Guitar

taught by Corey Seznec
sku: 304-DVD1060
Some time ago Cory began delving deeply into the rich repertoire that is African-American Spirituals. Listening to the jubilee singers of yore, and the recordings by Alan Lomax of vocal groups, spurred him to find old hymnals and songbooks to arrange tunes for guitar. Give Me Jesus is a soulful number that ended up being inspired by the playing of John Fahey, with down tempo strumming followed by more classic alternate bass picking. Roll De Chariot has a rollicking, syncopated feel that never really stays in one place, bouncing up and down the neck à la Revered Gary Davis. Lift Every Voice and Sing, aka the Black National Anthem, has a beautiful, harmonically rich feel and the 6/8 tempo allows the guitarist a fair amount of room to maneuver. Also included is a spirited version of This Train, originally inspired by Big Bill Broonzy’s walking bass line, an arrangement of A Closer Walk With Thee that taps into the feel of a New Orleans brass band funeral procession, and a heavily swung and syncopated take on Precious Lord, Take My Hand. Beginning/intermediate. Note/tab as PDF file on the disc. 100 min.   More Details...
  • Give Me Jesus
  • Precious Lord, Take My Hand
  • Lift Every Voice and Sing
  • Roll De Ol’ Chariot Along
  • A Closer Walk With Thee
  • This Train Is Bound For Glory