In addition to his work as a composing and performing musician, John Miller has close to forty years experience as a music teacher, having begun teaching privately while still in high school. He is available for private instruction in fingerpicked Folk guitar, Country Blues guitar, Brazilian guitar, Music theory and chord voicing and composition. John offers private lessons in Bellingham and Seattle
John has extensive experience teaching groups, with many years service teaching at such music camps as Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Georgia Strait Workshop, BC Swing Camp, the California Coast Music Camp, the Port Townsend Country Blues Workshop, Augusta National Heritage’s Bluesweek and the European Blues Association’s Bluesweek.
Bo Carter was a great guitar player. He played with absolute facility in a variety of tunings and keys and his harmonic sense was unique in the Country Blues. Bo’s recording career in the pre-World War II period, from 1928-1940, was of a longevity equaled by very few Country bluesmen. His repertoire centered on (but was not comprised exclusively of) “party” songs, such as Let Me Roll Your Lemon or Pussy Cat Blues. Whatever you may think of the “single entendre” aspect of some of his lyrics, when you really listen to what Bo Carter was doing, it become perfectly obvious that he was one of the great masters of Country Blues, and a player of unusual versatility, subtlety and imagination.
As with other players of his generation, the origins of Bo’s music are shrouded in mystery, and it is very unlikely we’ll ever find an explanation for the harmonic richness of his music, so different from other musicians of his region. Bo’s right hand approach was different, too, picking with all fingers and moving fluidly between alternation, thumping and runs with his thumb.
The accompanying booklet includes lyrics and tab/standard notation transcriptions of the songs.
Titles include: Let Me Roll Your Lemon, Pussy Cat Blues, Policy Blues, Dinner Blues, My Baby and Arrangement for Me Blues
91 minutes • Level 2/3 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: Much admiration for John Miller for many years after buying his early recordings. One of the few who gives Bo Carter due recognition and his renditions and instruction for his songs is excellent. One of the very best. – Ken/Amazon Customer Review