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 series of three lessons that focuses on various fingerpicking blues styles and techniques from the alternating bass to the monotonic bass to Delta blues. These 13 arrangements will help you build up a strong blues repertoire.
Lesson One: ALTERNATING BASS and the KEY OF C: Freight Train, Ragtime Mama Blues, Faretheewell Titanic and Bill Bailey.
Lesson Two: MONOTONIC BASS/DELTA BLUES and the KEY OF E: Charley James, One Kind Favor, If You Haven’t Any Hay Don’t Go Down The Road and New Pony Blues.
Lesson Three: RAGTIME BLUES in the KEY OF D & G: Easy Rider, Blues Ain’t Dry, Old Country Rock, Little Rock Blues and That Will Never Happen No More.
Level 2 • 32 page tab book with three compact discs