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.
It is a challenge to arrange and play American fiddle tunes and Celtic melodies on the guitar. This lesson series presents several approaches. For the intermediate guitarist. 24 page tab/music book with three compact discs.
Lesson One: Dave Laibman's arrangement for Colored Aristocracy features a Chet Atkins approach. Midnight On The Water, a beautiful Texas waltz, was arranged by Duck Baker and features counterpoint lines and variations on the theme. The West Wind is an evocative Irish air played with a classical feel.
Lesson Two: American fiddle tunes: Boys, My Money's All Gone played in a Nashville style and Last Of Callahan an arrangement using a counterpoint bass line played against the melody.
Lesson Three: Fiddle tunes from Ireland and America: Rights Of Man and Drunken Wagoner both played in a dropped D tuning (D A D G B E).
Level 3 • 24 page tab/music book with three compact discs