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.
A challenging set of three lessons featuring six blues instrumentals for the intermediate to advance guitarist.
Lesson One: Tribute To Lonnie Johnson, a blues in the key of D played in a dropped D tuning (D A D G B E). Dollartown, combines a New Orleans sound with the playing of Rev.Gary Davis in the key of C.
Lesson Two: Yazoo Basin Boogie played in a dropped D tuning (D A D G B E) combining a boogie, walking bass, counterpoint lines and Delta blues techniques. Religious Trainfare Blues ( also titled A Heart Much Obliged) is played in the key of E and is reminiscent of the blues piano playing of Ray Charles.
Lesson Three: Blues For The Mann is played in the key of A and features a multi-section piano sounding blues transcribed to fingerstyle guitar. Lemon's Jump is also played in the key of A and is influenced by the blues guitar of New Orleans great Snooks Eaglin.
Level 3 • 32 page tab/music book with three compact discs.