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Rory Block Teaches the Guitar of Robert Johnson Vol. 1

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    Introduction

    In this first video we meet blues guitarist Rory Block and hear about her background and some of her influences.

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    Open Tuning, Right Hand Techniques, & the Clawhammer Approach

    Next, we learn about open tuning and guitar techniques for the Robert Johnson style of Blues.

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    Left/Right Hand String Dampening & the Slide Technique

    We move on to other techniques such as string dampening and the slide technique.

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    High Slides Into the 12th Fret & Transition Licks

    In this video, we go over one of Robert Johnson's favorite techniques, the high slide, and we look at some transition licks.

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    More Robert Johnson Licks Broken Down

    Here, we go over even more guitar licks.

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    Decending Bass Lines & Intro/Ending Figures

    Next, Rory talks about decending bass lines along with intro and ending figures.

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    "Preaching Blues" Broken Down

    In this video, the song "Preaching Blues" is discussed.

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    Performance of "Preaching Blues"

    Rory performs "Preaching Blues".

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    "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day" Broken Down

    Next, another blues standard is discussed.

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    Performance of "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day"

    Rory performs "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day".

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    Rory's Signature Guitar & Vocal Approaches

    Here, we look at Rory's signature guitar and go over vocal differentiations and approaches.

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    "Terraplane Blues" & Practice Tips

    In this last video we see a performance of "Terraplane Blues" and Rory gives us practice tips as well as plays us out with a final song.

Product Overview


In this Homespun videos series, learn to play the guitar style of the most influential Delta blues artist of all time, Robert Johnson! Award-winning contemporary blues singer and guitarist Rory Block completely demystifies the licks, runs, strums, bass lines, turnarounds and other important guitar elements that combine to make up the unique Robert Johnson sound.

Robert Johnson’s unearthly singing and intricate Mississippi Delta style slide guitar have inspired innumerable players in the decades since his untimely death in 1938. Working in open G and D tunings, Rory provides a series of informational keys – specific guitar techniques that "open doors and unlock information" to allow you to play any song in Robert Johnson’s repertoire.

Watch and learn how to get a good slide sound, as well as the percussive picking and strumming skills you’ll need to achieve that special Robert Johnson feel. Rory also discusses the blues singing style, provides fascinating insights into the Mississippi blues, and shows how to establish the energy, drive and motivation that will make you a funkier, more interesting player.

Although these skills pertain to any Robert Johnson song, you’ll learn detailed renditions of If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day, Terraplane Blues and Preaching Blues.


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Rory Block Teaches the Guitar of Robert Johnson Vol. 1 is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 1 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Clear and helpful. It's help me to understand the R. Johnson style.
Date published: 2018-04-06
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