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 is designed for the beginner and intermediate student. Basic fingerpicking styles are illustrated in all the major keys. The technique of the alternating bass is introduced in various settings. The styles and techniques of Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Sam McGee and others are discussed.
Lesson One: Standard and Dropped D tuning. Oh Papa, Death Come Creeping, Sam McGee's Buck Dancer's Choice and Rev. Gary Davis's All My Friends Are Gone.
Lesson Two: Mississippi John Hurt's Louis Collins, Got The Blues Can't Be Satisfied, Stagolee and Candyman.
Lesson Three: Rev. Gary Davis's Candyman and Save Up Your Money, Mississippi John Hurt's C.C.Rider and Blind Boy Fuller's Truckin' My Blues Away.
Level 1/2 • 24 page tab/music book with three compact discs
Review: A Guitar book that stays focused. The strength of this book is that it does not try to do too much. You will not find any theory or technical exercises. What you will find is the tablature for 12 old time fingerpicking songs. The book starts an easy arrangement of an Elizabeth Cotten song, “Old Papa”. From there the songs get progressively harder as you pick up new techniques along the way. There are 3 CDs that accompany the book. The CDs give detailed instruction on how to play the songs. If you work through the whole book and spend the time to thoroughly master the songs you will have a solid foundation to build on as a fingerstyle guitarist. – Guitar Hopeful/Amazon Customer Review