Guitar Lessons

Lesson 20 – Pink Anderson’s Every Day in the Week Blues

Every Day in the Week Blues is a classic Pink Anderson song which can be found on Pink Anderson: Vol. 1 Carolina Bluesman and the album this version comes from, the great Gospel Blues & Street Songs album which features the songs of both Pink Anderson and Reverend Gary Davis. This is an energetic song […]

Lesson 19 – Jingle Bell Blues

It’s not even Halloween yet, so you must be wondering, ‘Where have you been with the lessons?’ and, ‘Why the hell a Fingerstyle Christmas song?’ Jingle Bell Blues.

Lesson #18 – Cold Beer, Fingerstyle Fundamentals Wrap-up

At this point you should have a pretty good idea of how to develop your fingerpicking skills, applying and identifying chord shapes and finger patterns, and thumb independence.

Lesson #17 – Freight Train Exercise

This is another simple yet strong, beautiful melody. This time we’re playing in the key of C. The song was originally penned by Elizabeth Cotton when she was twelve years old around the year 1900, and has gone on to be recorded countless times by various artists.

Lesson 16 – Nine Pound Hacksaw

this is a new arrangement of the classic ‘Nine Pound Hammer’ based on Merle Travis’s version and played in the key of E.

Lesson 15 – The Caravan Exercise

The song Caravan was written by Juan Tizol and recorded by Duke Ellington in 1937. Since then has been performed by thousands of artists in styles ranging from jazz to bluegrass, surf to rap, and everything in between.

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Guitarist Profiles

Bob Log III

Utilizing super low tunings his slide playing sounds monstrous, the loose strings combined with his powerful finger picking let him snap and pluck and slide his dirty electric blues in a way that probably shouldn’t be possible.

Lightnin’ Hopkins

Sam ‘Lightning’ Hopkins was a very influential Texas Blues musician whose songs have inspired everyone from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many points in between.

Stefan Grossman’s Country Blues Guitar Radio Show

The encyclopedia of the blues Stefan Grossman has once again given a great gift to the world of fingerstyle blues, and made available some radio shows which he recorded in the 70′s and early 80′s

Charlie Patton

Charlie Patton became the epitome of the rough and tumble bluesman, his heavy drinking, smoking, womanizing and hell-raising became almost as legendary as his music. As the first blues star he would be booked in advance to play instead of rambling from town to town looking for gigs, and because of his reputation he’d always pack them in.

Floyd Council

Floyd Council was an American blues guitarist and singer who played blues in the East Coast / Piedmont style.

Elizabeth Cotten

She taught herself how to play the instrument, but with no conventional knowledge of tunings or techniques she developed her own unique style known as ‘Cotton Style.’

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