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Beyond Fingerpicking Blues Guitar in the Key of E

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    Beyond Fingerpicking Blues Guitar in the Key of E

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    If you’re feeling confident in fingerpicking blues in the key of E but you want to expand your ideas and techniques then this lesson is for you. We’ll leave the world of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Mississippi John Hurt and explore more pianistic ideas adapted to the guitar. Arrangements of Mose Allison’s If You Live and Joe Zawinul’s Mercy, Mercy, Mercy will show you how to extend and explore blues ideas to new guitar textures. Gershwin’s Summertime becomes a playground of counterpoint ideas and chordal movements. 44 Blues takes a classic Chicago piano lick and places it on the guitar. Cry Havoc offers a blend of old-time blues with modern chords.

    This lesson is for the intermediate player who wants to go to the next level. Each tune is taught phrase by phrase and played slowly on a split-screen. A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD.

    Titles include: 44 Blues, Cry Havoc, If You Live, Summertime and Mercy, Mercy Mercy

    114 minutes - Level 3 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD

    Review: You're guaranteed at least three things with Stefan Grossman: a Hawaiian shirt, a most masterfully picked acoustic guitar, and a faithful friend willing to pass along every playing secret he's ever compiled. That's the equivalent of accessing Rev. Gary Davis, Son House, Skip James and a laundry list of other deities from whom he learned while locked knee-to-knee. Although "Beyond Fingerpicking Blues Guitar in the Key of E" veers somewhat off-course, the lesson isn't hard and fast in its boundaries. (For those unwilling to go "Beyond", there is "Fingerpicking Blues Guitar in the Key of E".) Mose Allison's "If You Live" makes for one cool slink down the fingerboard. Gershwin's "Summertime" brakes far harder; it's the ultimate strategic slowdown designed to maximize mystique. Then nirvana is attained in the dream-away form of "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy." So charmingly addictive is its form that you're convinced Joe Zawinul composed this breeze exclusively for guitar (instead of Cannonball Adderley's sax). Prepare to be smitten. But blues inevitably seep in. "44 Blues," a spider-walking jigsaw puzzle for the right and left hands, is blatant about it. More subtle is when Mississippi John Hurt lends the bass line to "Cry Havoc." Housed within a multi-sectional jewel box are the most gorgeous chords, including an A major 7th and the beauty unearthed from Depression-era bluesman George Carter's obscurity. Blue or not, the key of E reacts remarkably well with six strings. - Dennis Rozanski/BluesRag





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