featuring Memphis Minnie, Frank Stokes Furry Lewis and Robert Wilkins
Memphis has long been a landing place for musicians from the surrounding rural areas in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, and in the 1920s and 1930s, it was a wide open town with plenty of opportunities for musicians to perform their music and make a living. As a result of Memphis' hub status, it developed a strong blues scene in the 1920s and 1930s, with a host of outstanding singers and players. Many of these musicians had successful careers as recording artists, but a surprisingly large number of similarly gifted musicians went unrecorded or only got the opportunity to record a few titles. This DVD lesson offers instruction in the music of many of the finest guitarists to record out of Memphis in the 1920s and 1930s.
Included on this DVD are transcriptions and teaching of performances from the spectacular and hugely influential Memphis Minnie, transplanted Mississippians Furry Lewis, Robert Wilkins and Frank Stokes and more obscure names from the past like Tom Dickson and Allen Shaw. The songs that are taught on the DVD have been selected for their musical merit, but also to build your skills as a Country Blues guitarist, with numbers in D, G, E and C in standard tuning, as well as Open G tuning. The technique building that will come from learning these tunes will give you tools to go in whatever direction you wish to take your music.
A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD. This includes all the lyrics to the songs as well as transcriptions of the guitar playing. The original old recordings of all the tunes is also included.
Titles include: TOM DICKSON Happy Blues ALLEN SHAW I Couldn't Help It ROBERT WILKINS Long Train Blues FRANK STOKES Frank Stokes' Dream MEMPHIS MINNIE Reachin' Pete and FURRY LEWIS Good Looking Girl Blues
90 minutes - Level 3 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: John Miller - spoken highly about in other reviews - provides another winner for those interested in and learning country blues guitar. A special gift of Miller's is to discern the unusual, the more obscure artist and song and bring it to life and give it an importance. On any first listening to some of these songs without the benefit of Miller's special interest in them and instruction of them, it would be possible to not feel any thing particularly special about them. Miller, with his musical gift of discerning listening and then to relay this discernment to the learner enables some of these songs to really grow on you and they provide the framework for personal building in of variations or embellishments and for helping with other tunes. - Ken/Amazon Customer Review
Review: Excellent. John Miller is a patient, talented guitar teacher. As is the norm, the camera work is terrific and the pause button remains my best friend. What makes this just a bit different is the persona of the teacher. Many DVDs showcase the talent of the player, but not all are instructional. John Miller has a very low key approach to teaching and like all talented teachers, he explains things carefully, and anticipates students' struggles, and will focus in upon them. I have most all (or, at least I think all) of John Miller's instructional DVDs and there is no doubt that he is improving with age. The song selection is terrific, and I think this DVD compliments his others, including Furry Lewis. I would also recommend Miller's DVDs on Mississippi John Hurt and Woody Mann's DVDs on Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Boy Blake. Taken together, these DVDs represent many months, if not a full year, of "private instruction' at a fraction of the cost. - Peter Hyatt/Amazon Customer Review