In this Homespun video series you’ll Learn to play traditional blues and old-time string band music on the mandolin. Steve James knows this music and its history well, and he brings it clearly into focus in this video series filled with “fun-lovin’ high-jinks.”
Steve starts out with the basics, but quickly gets into blues scales, pick strokes, tremolo technique, and other tools needed to play with style and authenticity. He lays out some blues chords on the mandolin, showing rhythm comping for song accompaniment along with turnarounds, double stops, blue riffs, and variations on a walking boogie-woogie line—all essential elements for developing a blues repertoire.
Accompanied by the fellow blues and jug band enthusiast John Sebastian, Steve performs each of the pieces and then takes it apart for the learning player.
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