If ever there was a player who deserves to be venerated as a true living blues guitar maestro, here is the guy. He pulls off razzle-dazzle stuff that virtually nobody else can muster.
If ever you hear people say that the old blues are crude and primitive, let them hear some of the best of the best, the intricate ragtime guitar pickers of the golden era, like Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, or amazing jazzy blues guitar solo-stylists like Lonnie Johnson. Almost every blues fan in the early stages asked the perennial question when hearing these string giants, “Yeah, but who is the other guy playing with him?” Of course, there was no “other guy.” Those mind-boggling “muscianers” were brilliant super virtuosos, en par with the best musicians of all times in any genre. They played such intricate and complicated fingerpicking with a walking bass beat on the top strings and snazzy solo lines on the treble strings while miraculously playing melody in the middle that it sounded like a string ensemble. Most guitarists today just marvel at their breathtaking demigod skills and even those daring mortals who attempt to emulate those maestros can spend a lifetime working at it and just get “pretty good” – but there are a few people on the planet who come close to mastering the styles of those geniuses of bygone days.
Foremost among them is a diminutive guy in Pennsylvania who is really an acoustic guitar monster, the biggest meanest of them all, the Sauroposeidon of the acoustic blues guitar. They failed to include him in the Rolling Stone Top 100 best guitarist list, but don’t let that fool you. It shows you what they know. Ari Eisinger was left off because only he plays old, archaic, unpopular music.
Close your eyes and listen to Pennsylvania bluesman Ari Eisinger play and sing and you will enjoy a thoroughly rewarding musical experience. You will believe unquestionably that he is the walking reincarnate of the old time ragtime pickers. He plays with such dazzling, seemingly effortless mastery, feeling every nuance and inflection while effortlessly whipping out the most complicated fingerpicking patterns. You will think there are three people playing and he not only hits every note, he plays so beautifully, so heartfelt and stunningly, all you can do is gasp for air. Realistically, within all reason and without doubt, Ari Eisinger gets as close to perfection as any player on the planet when it comes to mastering the old ragtime & country blues style.
"Contrary to the rumors, blues and ragtime guitarist Ari Eisinger has only 10 fingers. It just sounds as if he has more. His mission is to preserve the classic blues and ragtime tunes from the 1920s and 1930s." – The Plain Dealer
"He’s a fingerpicking guitar player par excellence who specializes in country blues and ragtime from the 1920s and 1930s... His playing is astoundingly complex and precise, obviously reverential yet filled with personal touches... A brilliant musician... he sounds like four people playing at once." – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Blind Boy Fuller recorded his unique brand of country blues from 1935 through 1940. His playing is chock-full of both wit and soulfulness. His guitar arrangements are strikingly original and make perfect use of the unique sound of the National steel guitar which he used on most of his recordings. He is best known for his classic Truckin’ My Blues Away which has been performed and recorded by generations of blues and rock guitarists.
This DVD gives a fully-detailed presentation of Blind Boy Fuller’s intricate guitar work on six of his best recordings.
Titles include: Untrue Blues, Jivin’ Woman Blues, Pistol Slapper Blues, Funny Feeling Blues, Meat Shakin’ Woman and Truckin’ My Blues Away
88 minutes • Level 2/3 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: Ari Eisinger is a great picker and singer and his Fuller tunes are great examples of Fuller's repertoire. Eisinger's instruction is pretty sparse compared to say much of Stefan Grossman's and one really has to figure technique stuff out by viewing and viewing again his split screen takes. Tabs of music would be a little more helpful if single string runs indicate up and down strokes he uses. Still, one can learn a lot from this DVD and much can be adopted to other songs by Fuller and others and vice versa. that is, other tunes by other artists can be supplemented by Fuller ideas. – Ken/Amazon Customer Review