The human personification of the word “eclectic”, Bob Brozman is unrivaled in the diversity of his musical interests and cross-cultural mastery. A musicologist & historian, musical adventurer and explorer, internationalist, slide-guitar virtuoso, and then some, Brozman does all that, and he does it well– really well. Indeed, this guy is a giant.
When National Guitar reformed in the early 1990’s I spoke to one of the owners, McGregor. He told me then, “if one guy in the whole world exemplifies the National Guitar today, it is Bob Brozman”. That’s a hefty accolade, considering that there were a few National players around. They are still around, but Brozman can teach them all a thing or two. When it comes to the slide guitar, be it lapsteel or bottleneck- be it the history of the National guitar, the mastery of diverse styles: Hawaiian kiki-kila, Hula blues, Indian, American blues, etc., nobody can touch him. Nobody knows more tunings, more styles and more techniques than Bob Brozman. He is truly a remarkable musician and musicologist, a true cultural treasure, a walking encyclopedia of the steel guitar. It does not matter which way he holds the guitar, he is a sorcerer and a supreme master.So why is he listed in an acoustic blues forum?
He is at once completely traditional, yet he managed to progress, morph and evolve. It’s a brilliant and wonderfully original thing.
"Woody Mann and Bob Brozman weave an intricate web of guitar beauty and depth. Brozman, a contemporary ace of the resonator and acoustic lap slide guitar, is thoroughly versed in blues, Hawaiian and various world musics. Woody Mann, a prolific transcriber of country blues tunes and onetime student of the Rev. Gary Davis, can pick a string like nobody's business... The old notion that, those who can't do, teach, is blown to bits by Mann and Brozman who teach and very much can do!" – Guitar World Acoustic
"Anyone who has seen Woody Mann live will know that he is a master of raggy, jazzy, adventurous acoustic guitar, with a great presence. As for Bob Brozman, his mastery is unsurpassed on every type, style and kind of steel guitar; ditto presence. Hell, the fiends don't even break sweat when playing stuff we lesser mortals can't even think of!" – Roots
While slowly illustrating classic country blues guitar duets in the styles of Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Blake and Lonnie Johnson, Woody Mann and Bob Brozman explore the techniques and thinking that go into creating cohesive duet guitar parts that compliment each other. Each part is taught separately. They explain and illustrate how you can arrange a simple song through the use of new chord positions, simple picking syncopation ideas, and open tunings as well as walking you through the basics of how to select a key, use of a capo, and listening to the song in new ways.
The duo presents effective techniques for improving improvisational skills while jamming with other musicians. Each guitar part is a solo tune in itself. The ideas and techniques covered in this DVD offer creative approaches to expanding all aspects of your playing.
Titles include: Lazy Blues, Tampa Slow Grind, Mr. Blake, Long Gone Blues and TAB Guitar Rag
62 minutes • level 2 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD