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Fingerpicking Country Blues Guitar



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.

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    This DVD lesson has been designed to help beginner and intermediate students of fingerpicking country blues guitar improve their playing skills and increase their repertoires using an alternating bass technique. I illustrate and explain in detail ten fingerstyle arrangements in the keys of C, D, E, A, G and F.

    These popular blues and ragtime songs come from the playing of Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Mance Lipscomb and Elizabeth Cotten. Each tune is discussed and taught phrase by phrase and played slowly on a split screen so that you can clearly see what each hand is doing. A detailed 44 page tab/music booklet is included with this lesson.

    Titles include: My Creole Belle, Louis Collins, Oh Babe Ain't No Lie, All My Friends Are Gone, See See Rider, Sugarbabe, Monday Morning Blues, Candyman, Sister Kate and The F Rag

    67 minutes - Level 2 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD

    Review: Building a better guitar lesson... I am just about to bring my time with this DVD to a close... for now. But I will keep it for a reference as this is a beautiful DVD - well thought out, each song builds on the next and inspires confidence in your ability to begin to master this wonderful style of american music. I do not believe anyone does country blues more justice than Stefan Grossman. He is approachable, educated about his chosen subject matter, passionate about teaching you and willing to share of himself. I cannot think of a better recommendation for a teacher. This is billed as a repertoire lesson and it is that... but it is also a treasure of techniques that can be put to use in building your own blues. The other review covers much of this territory, but from a student's perspective, this man inspires me to continue to learn. - John Fulmore/Amazon Customer Review

    Review: Another terrific Grossman product! Like all of Stefan Grossman's instructive DVDs, this also is of the highest quality. He moves slowly and carefully, anticipates where students will stumble, and encourages wonderfully. Please read my other reviews for more detail: needless to say, if you are beyond the basic beginning of guitar (basic chords), you will love the teaching of Stefan Grossman! He is as gifted as an instructor as he is as a guitarist! - Peter Hyatt/Amazon Customer Review

    Review: Building a better guitar lesson... I am just about to bring my time with this dvd to a close...for now. But I will keep it for a reference as this is a beautiful DVD - well thought out, each song builds on the next and inspires confidence in your ability to begin to master this wonderful style of american music. I do not believe anyone does country blues more justice than Stefan Grossman. He is approachable, educated about his chosen subject matter, passionate about teaching you and willing to share of himself. I cannot think of a better recommendation for a teacher. This is billed as a repertoire lesson and it is that...but it is also a treasure of techniques that can be put to use in building your own blues. The other review covers much of this territory, but from a student's perspective, this man inspires me to continue to learn. - Idaho John/Amazon Customer Review

    Review: This DVD, along with Grossman's Fingerpicking Guitar Techniques, is the best path I have found into learning this style of playing. Fingerpicking Guitar Techniques spends more time, as its title suggests, on working through basic techniques, so it's the place to begin. But the songs early on in this dvd aren't any harder than the songs midway through the other one, and I at least like the song selection here better. And these songs are arranged to gradually build technique as well, each one a bit more complex than the last, with some new technique introduced. So once you've started with the Techniques video, pick up this one too, and the two together will help you build a repertoire of wonderful songs and teach you a lot about country blues styles. - Isabella Miller/Amazon Customer Review
     
     

     

     

     

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