We rarely review instructional videos, but this one is something special. And it’s more than just a how-to guide:it’s an in-depth, note-for-note-documentary look at the playing-style of one of the most influential blues men of all time. And for that reason alone –whether you’re willing to sell your soul to the devil to learn to play like Mr. Johnson or not – you owe it to yourself to check out Mr. Feldmann’s study.
In the mid-1970s when I started Kicking Mule Records my aim was to produce a series of acoustic fingerstyle guitar albums. But the first project we released was a five string banjo album by Art Rosenbaum. Art was, and still is, a musical hero of mine. He is a well known artist but also a musician's musician. He perspires creativity! He plays fiddle and guitar but his real speciality is old time five string banjo. Art is also well known for his field recordings done throughout the South - discovering and recording musicians both white and black. While growing up in Indianapolis he rediscovered Scrapper Blackwell as well as finding Guitar Pete Franklin. Art showed me how to play Tommy Johnson's Canned Heat!
On our DVD lessons and some SGGW CDs you will find tab/music PDF booklets. On a Mac these are very easy to access. Just double click on the DVD/CD icon on the desktop. You'll see the PDF tab/music booklet. On a PC you should follow these instructions by clicking on this link. You'll need Adobe Acrobat (a free download) to open the PDF files. E-mail if you have any problems.
Wednesday's FREE Video Lesson with PDF tab/music
Every Wednesday we e-mail a link to a free lesson of ours on YouTube including a link to the PDF tab/music for that lesson.
There's a lot of picking within the pages of this site that will keep your fingers busy for hours upon hours. Don't hesitate to drop me a line if you have any questions about our lessons. We greatly appreciate your suggestions for new DVD lessons. It is very important for our growth to have your input. - Stefan Grossman
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