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.
Masterpieces of Country Blues Guitar features arrangements from the playing of Blind Blake, Bo Carter, Scrapper Blackwell, Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and Josh White. This series of lessons presents the music from a wide variety of blues greats and is an excellent series to acquaint yourself with various country blues styles and techniques.
Lesson One: BLIND BOY FULLER Weeping Willow BO CARTER Policy Blues TOMMY JOHNSON Bye Bye Blues
Lesson Two: BIG BILL BROONZY Long Tall Mama JOSH WHITE Good Gal SCRAPPER BLACKWELL Kokomo Blues
Lesson Three: BLIND BLAKE Chump Man Blues BLIND BLAKE Southern Rag REV. GARY DAVIS Oh Glory How Happy I Am
Level 2/3 - 32 page tab/music book with three compact discs