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.
Open tunings have been used by many country blues guitarists. From the alternating bass styles of Furry Lewis and Mississippi John Hurt to the evocative and haunting sounds of Skip James to the ragtime blues of Blind Blake. In this series we discuss some of the finest guitar arrangements played in open tunings. For the intermediate guitarist.
Lesson One: OPEN G TUNING: Furry Lewis's Turn Your Money Green and Skip James's Special Rider.
Lesson Two: OPEN D TUNING: Vestapol, Blind Blake's Police Dog Blues and Mississippi John Hurt's If You Don't Want Me.
Lesson Three: OPEN D TUNING: Furry Lewis's Kassie Jones; Doc Watson's Sitting On Top Of The World; CROSSNOTE TUNING: Skip James's Hard Time Killin' Floor and I'm So Glad.
Level 2/3 • 32 page tab/music book with three compact discs