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Lesson One: Robert Johnson's blues playing in the key of A (standard tuning) was unique as well as intriguing. He combined a strong rhythmic feel with melodic blues licks. Kindhearted Woman Blues and Me And The Devil are discussed in detail with the many variations that Johnson played.
Lesson Two: Hellhound On My Trail opens this lesson. Played in an open D tuning this evocative blues shows a rare corner of Johnson's repertoire. This is followed by Ramblin'On My Mind, also played in an open D tuning. This is a fine example of how Johnson brought the shuffle beat to the guitar which paved the way for generations of R&B guitarists.
Lesson Three: Robert Johnson's bottleneck playing in open G had its roots in the Delta and the playing of Son House but it extended and explored the genre into new areas. Crossroad Blues is a fine example of the many variations that Johnson could create combining rhythmic licks with strong melodic lines played with his bottleneck. Terraplane Blues was Robert's "hit" and we conclude the series with a discussion of this intriguing arrangement.
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