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.
This series of lessons presents six of my most popular and requested guitar instrumentals. For the intermediate to advanced student.
The blues ballad Shining Shadows played in the key of C and using an alternating bass with sophisticated chord voicings. Ms. Josephine Ayres is played in the key of D and was influenced by the playing of the great Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence.
When I lived in Europe I was greatly influenced by the playing of Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy and John Renbourn. The Way She Walks is a three part instrumental. The first section was written by Archie Fisher and taught to me by Martin Carthy. I put together the second and third sections. Snap A Little Owl is a John Renbourn composition with a steady walking bass played against a strong melodic lead line.
This lesson presents two complex jazz-oriented instrumentals. Tightrope and Danish Drone (also recorded as Kicking Up The Dust) are both played in dropped D tuning and feature varying time signatures and complex chording.
Level 3 • 24 page tab/music book with three compact discs