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.
The bottleneck guitar ideas of Son House, Blind Willie McTell, Fred McDowell, Blind Willie Johnson, Hambone Willie Newburn and Muddy Waters are presented. Country blues bottleneck style and techniques offers the student a wide variety of sounds, textures and atmospheres as well as challenges.
Lesson One: Melodic single-string lines in Open G tuning with Son House's Banty Rooster and One Kind Favor, Chordal approach in an Open D tuning with Blind Willie McTell's Wake Up Mama.
Lesson Two: OPEN D TUNING: Fred McDowell's You Got To Move and Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Blind Willie Johnson's God Moves On The Water.
Lesson Three: OPEN G TUNING: Muddy Waters's I Can't Be Satisfied. Fred McDowell's Someday Baby, Hambone Willie Newbern's Roll And Tumble.
Level 2/3 • 24 page tab/music book with three compact discs