Widely considered as one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world, masterful Woody Mann is a New York based musician and renowned teacher with deep roots in the blues. He has excellent credentials and has learned directly from the Rev. Gary Davis, played with Son House, Bukka White and John Fahey. Then, he ascended to ranks of the most celebrated and accomplished guitarists, regularly performing at the acoustic International Guitar Festival, an event that brings together the world’s finest players, kind of like the Mensa of the guitar. Along with Ed Gerhard, Bob Brozman, and a handful of others, he represents the blues well among the small circle of the “virtuosos virtuosos.”
By no means singularly a blues player, he has one foot in the jazz realm. When he does play the blues, his repertoire is wide-ranging and unlimited. Be it Ragtime, Piedmont, fingerpicking, slide, laptop, whatever he touches is amazing and delightful.
All the fancy technique, but can he play the blues with feeling? Resoundingly, yes! Of course, his performances are usually more jazz oriented, but when he wants to, play the blues, he is one of today’s best.
"Woody Mann and Bob Brozman weave an intricate web of guitar beauty and depth. Brozman, a contemporary ace of the resonator and acoustic lap slide guitar, is thoroughly versed in blues, Hawaiian and various world musics. Woody Mann, a prolific transcriber of country blues tunes and onetime student of the Rev. Gary Davis, can pick a string like nobody's business... The old notion that, those who can't do, teach, is blown to bits by Mann and Brozman who teach and very much can do!" – Guitar World Acoustic
"Anyone who has seen Woody Mann live will know that he is a master of raggy, jazzy, adventurous acoustic guitar, with a great presence. As for Bob Brozman, his mastery is unsurpassed on every type, style and kind of steel guitar; ditto presence. Hell, the fiends don't even break sweat when playing stuff we lesser mortals can't even think of!" – Roots
While slowly illustrating classic country blues guitar duets in the styles of Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Blake and Lonnie Johnson, Woody Mann and Bob Brozman explore the techniques and thinking that go into creating cohesive duet guitar parts that compliment each other. Each part is taught separately. They explain and illustrate how you can arrange a simple song through the use of new chord positions, simple picking syncopation ideas, and open tunings as well as walking you through the basics of how to select a key, use of a capo, and listening to the song in new ways.
The duo presents effective techniques for improving improvisational skills while jamming with other musicians. Each guitar part is a solo tune in itself. The ideas and techniques covered in this DVD offer creative approaches to expanding all aspects of your playing.
Titles include: Lazy Blues, Tampa Slow Grind, Mr. Blake, Long Gone Blues and TAB Guitar Rag
62 minutes • level 2 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD