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.
Blind Blake was the premier ragtime blues guitarist of the 1920s. He extended the alternating bass style, that was popular at the turn of the century, to encompass the dance trends and more complex blues ideas that were emerging from the jazz bands of New Orleans and Chicago. His playing featured unique right hand thumb rolls that evoked the feel of the Charleston dance-step. Rev. Gary Davis greatly admired Blake’s playing and used to remark that Blake had a “sportin’ right-hand”. Blind Blake influenced generations of country blues guitarists and was never equalled.
In this unique dvd lesson, Woody Mann explores the ideas, techniques and styles of this legendary guitarist. A 48 page tab/music booklet is included as well as BONUS audio tracks of all the original Blind Blake recordings of the
Titles include: Diddie Wa Diddie, Chump Man Blues, Police Dog Blues, That Will Never Happen No More, Black Dog Blues and Blind Arthur’s Breakdown.
94 minutes • Level 3 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: Woody Mann's Best? This may be Woody Mann's best DVD lesson! This DVD builds in simplicity and goes carefully step by step, culminating in the one long wonderful rag, full of fabulous licks that the student has been slowly exposed to overtime.
This is the perfect companion DVD to Woody Mann's Guitar of Big Bill Broonzy which has many similar licks. It is not hard to learn, but takes a great deal of practice to master. Within this one DVD, a student may fine 6 months of private lessons from a gifted master teacher.
Many talented musicians offer DVD lessons, but not all are gifted teachers. A teacher who possesses the gift of teaching can anticipate where students may struggle, and will revisit the issue at hand repeatedly. Woody Mann is a terrific performer, but is a gifted teacher. It has the “line up on line, precept upon precept” feel that is so necessary for successful teaching.
It may be wise to start with The Guitar of Big Bill Broonzy DVD (but even as a stand alone, this may be his finest. (the jury is still out in our home because we have just received two more of his DVDs and will review them in time) As it stands now, I purchase everything I can taught by him. This is his clearest and most concise and theme building DVD yet. A marvel for anyone who loves fingerstyle guitar. – Peter Hyatt/Amazon Customer ReviewReview: Woody Mann is a man who knows his business of blues guitar thoroughly. Blind Blake is easily the toughest/most skillful blues player ever seen, so you really need some good instruction to get inside to the secrets of Mr. Blake. Woody Mann is very good teacher. In fact, I'm actually trying to avoid other teachers and buying only his videos and other teaching material, because he is so good at it. – M. Jaatinen/Amazon Customer Review