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 study of classic ragtime guitar is very challenging. For this series we have picked four ever popular rags. You have the advantage in this series to learn from three different teachers, each with his own individual approach. For the intermediate and advanced guitarist. 32 page tab/music book with three compact discs.
Lesson One: The classic rag that started the "ragtime revival" was The Entertainer. This was used in the soundtrack for the film The Sting. It is a lyrical four part classic rag written by Scott Joplin. I am your teacher.
Lesson Two: One of the most popular classic rags written by Scott Joplin was his Maple Leaf Rag. Duck Baker teaches his arrangement to this highly syncopated and energetic classic rag. This is followed by Silver Swan. I am your teacher for this beautiful classic rag.
Lesson Three: Our last lesson is a tour de force in ragtime arranging and playing. It is James Scott's Hilarity Rag. This is a four part classic rag taught by Leo Wijnkamp Jr.
Level 3/4 • 32 page tab/music book with three compact discs