One simply cannot talk about people of importance to this genre without tipping the hat to the most masterful musician, teacher, musicologist, producer, folklorist and preservationist of the traditional blues. By now, Stefan Grossman is a venerated, iconoclastic and respected acoustic blues figure of mega-proportions. He came out of the vibrant Greenwich Village, New York, 1960s scene around Washington Square, where so many American folk and blues musicians launched their careers. His friend and occasional collaborator, Steve Katz, formerly of the Even Dozen Jug Band, the Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears, once half jokingly told this writer: “There we were, all these New York Jews playing the black blues.” Indeed, the blues had a strong influence on young New Yorkers during the folk revival. These musicians, Stefan Grossman, Happy & Artie Traum, Danny Kalb, and many others, in turn had a powerful influence on the acceptance of the blues by the American baby boomer generation at large; and, they significantly helped to launch the folk, roots & blues revival, thereby reinvigorating the careers of many original blues musicians whose careers had waned.
Many people know Stefan Grossman as the paramount teacher and entrepreneur in what has become the world’s largest “blues school”, Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop. He is one of the most skilled guitarists in the genre, having been a student of Rev. Gary Davis in New York City. He also picked up lessons directly from Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and others.
This collection features all the arrangements presented in my video lessons Blues Guitar, Ragtime Blues Guitar and Hot Fiddle Tunes & Rags. The instructional CDs are the audio tracks from the video lessons of the same names. A wide and challenging range of instrumentals are taught.
Blues Guitar: Slow Blues in C, Lemon's Jump, Yazoo Basin Boogie, Religious Trainfare Blues (A Heart Much Obliged)
Ragtime Blues: Diddie Wa Diddie, Shuffl e Rag, Glory Of Love, Buck Dance, Cincinnati Flow Rag, New York City Rag, Hot Dogs, Twelve Sticks
Hot Fiddle Tunes & Rags: Black Mountain Rag, Colored Aristocracy, Boys My Money's All Gone, Dallas Rag, Katz Rag
Level 3/4 • 72 page tab/music book with three compact discs