Hillbilly Fingerstyle Blues Guitar (Book + Online Audio)
The musical appeal of the Blues, as they began to be heard in the early twentieth century, was so infectious that musicians with open minds and ears were drawn to it as soon as they heard it. And that appeal crossed the racial and ethnic divides that characterized American society. So it was, that even before African American guitarists were recorded playing fingerstyle blues guitar, their white neighbors had already begun learning the music—listening to, watching, and imit ...more
Product Number:
31044M
Format:
Book + Online Audio
Skill Level:
Intermediate
Notation Type:
Standard Notation and Tab
Pages:
184
Binding:
Perfect Binding
Size:
8.75 x 11.75
ISBN:
1-5134-6749-2
ISBN13:
978-15134-6749-8
Series:
Grossman Audio
Publisher:
Grossman's Guitar Workshop
Date Published:
8/18/2021
The musical appeal of the Blues, as they began to be heard in the early twentieth century, was so infectious that musicians with open minds and ears were drawn to it as soon as they heard it. And that appeal crossed the racial and ethnic divides that characterized American society. So it was, that even before African American guitarists were recorded playing fingerstyle blues guitar, their white neighbors had already begun learning the music—listening to, watching, and imitating the musicians whose music they so admired. And what these white musicians ended up expressing in their own playing and singing was not simply imitation, but their own reconfiguration of what their models did, played in accordance with their own senses of rhythm, phrasing and how to sing the music.

In Hillbilly Fingerstyle Blues Guitar, author John Miller offers transcriptions, in tablature and standard notation, of twenty-eight pieces by these white fingerstyle blues players, taken from recordings made in the period 1926—1970. Some of the featured musicians in the book, like Sam McGee, Frank Hutchison, Maybelle Carter, Hobart Smith, and Roscoe Holcomb are pretty well known, but the tunes by more obscure players like Debs Mays, Lake Howard, or Lester McFarland certainly don’t suffer by comparison, and in many instances are spectacular. The pieces have been chosen for variety, too—you’ll encounter pieces played in C, E, and A in standard tuning, as well as songs in Open G, Open D tunings and an exotic offshoot of Open G tuning. Downloadable links to all of the original performances from which the transcriptions were made come with the book, so you can get the sound of the tunes in your head.

The musicians in Hillbilly Fingerstyle Blues Guitar gravitated towards the Blues because the music spoke to them so strongly that they felt compelled to make it part of their own musical language. And they did just that. These performances are strong and worthwhile in their own right, but they’ll also show you how you can honor those who have inspired you by singing and playing in your own voice. And that’s an important lesson to learn. Includes access to online audio.
Foreword
Hillbilly Fingerstyle Blues Guitar — An Introduction
Learning The Songs
Understanding the Tablature
The Songs
1) Knoxville Blues—Sam McGee
2) Easy Rider—Sam McGee
3) Railroad Blues—Sam McGee
4) Sally Long—Sam McGee
5) Fuzzy Rag—Riley Puckett
6) Worried Blues—Frank Hutchison
7) Train That Carried The Girl From Town—Frank Hutchison
8) The Miner’s Blues—Frank Hutchison
9) K. C. Whistle—Lester McFarland
10) John Hardy Was A Desperate Little Man—The Carter Family
11) Johnson City Blues—Clarence Greene
12) Brown Skin Blues—Dick Justice
13) Cocaine—Dick Justice
14) She Lied To Me—Emry Arthur
15) Everyday Dirt—David McCarn
16) Take Them For A Ride—David McCarn
17) Jailhouse Rag—David Miller
18) Match Box Blues—Larry Hensley
19) New Chattanooga Mama—Lake Howard
20) Soap Box Blues—Debs Mays
21) Rabbit Blues—Debs Mays
22) Graveyard Blues—Hobart Smith
23) Railroad Bill—Hobart Smith
24) K. C. Moan—Hobart Smith
25) Mississippi Heavy Water Blues—Roscoe Holcomb
26) Riley And Spencer—Fields Ward
27) Raggin’ The Wires—E. C. Ball
28) Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down—E. C. Ball
Appendix—Default Chord Positions
About the Author
Afterword
Acknowledgements
 
Series: Grossman Audio
Get the extra files for your Mel Bay book by clicking the "Download Extras" button below.

downloadextras
The .zip file contains all of the extras you will need to help you learn from your Mel Bay book. Once it is downloaded to your computer, double-click the file to open. You can find out more about .zip files here.

If you are having trouble opening or downloading this file, please contact us.
Book + Online Audio
PRICE:
$ 24.95
Fingerpicking Country Blues Guitar

Author : by Stefan Grossman
Format : Book/3-CD Set
Kentucky Thumbpicking Blues for Guitar

Author : by Tommy Flint
Format : eBook + Online Audio
Complete Country Blues Guitar Book

Author : by Stefan Grossman
Format : Book + Online Audio