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.
Big Bill Broonzy’s recording career spanned the 1920s until his death in 1958. His repertoire was well recorded, from solo to duets to ensemble playing. He recorded for almost every Race label of the 1920s-1940s. He was rediscovered just as the “folk revival” was beginning in the mid-1950s and made a series of exciting albums for Folkways Records as well as recording various albums during European tours. He was a master of ragtime and country blues guitar. His playing was highlighted by a strong pulsating bass and melodic lead lines. It is a very powerful and challenging guitar style. In this three cassette series Woody Mann captures the essence of Big Bill’s playing.
Lesson One: House Rent Stomp and Brownskin Shuffle are presented in this lesson. These two tunes illustrate Big Bill’s playing of blues and rags in the Key of C.
Lesson Two: This lesson presents three excellent examples of Big Bill’s blues playing in the Key of A and E. His melodic lead lines played against a solid monotonic bass are illustrated with Moppin’ Blues, Hey Hey and Worrying You Off My Mind.
Lesson Three: To complete our study, we look at Bill's Stovepipe Stomp played in the Key of D and Saturday Night Rub played in the Key of G.
Level 2/3 • 24 page tab/music book with three compact discs