An important figure in the acoustic folk revival of the 1960s, his work ranged from old English ballads to Bertolt Brecht, blues, gospel, rock, New Orleans jazz, and swing. He was also known for performing instrumental ragtime guitar music, especially his transcription of St. Louis Tickle and Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag.
Van Ronk was a widely admired avuncular figure in "the Village", presiding over the coffeehouse folk culture and acting as a friend to many up-and-coming artists by inspiring, assisting, and promoting them. Folk performers whom he befriended include Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Patrick Sky, Phil Ochs, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Guthrie Thomas, and Joni Mitchell.
Dave Van Ronk is an icon in the story of fingerstyle guitar. When I was learning the roadmaps of fingerpicking I found it essential to learn Dave’s arrangements. In this first series of lessons Dave presents a wide selection of his folk and blues arrangements.
Lesson One: The alternating bass technique is presented with four arrangements: Green Green Rocky Road, Kansas City Blues, Stackerlee and Saturday Night Shuffle.
Lesson Two: Alternating the bass in 3/4 with The Ballad Of The IRT. Elizabeth Cotten’s Wilson Rag, Blind Blake’s That Will Never Happen No More and Mississippi John Hurt’s Spike Driver’s Moan.
Lesson Three: Brownie McGhee’s Sportin’ Life Blues played in dropped D tuning. Blues in 12/8 with St. James Infirmary played in Em.
Level 3 • 32 page tab/music book with three compact discs