In this first video we meet blues guitarist Rory Block and hear about her background and some of her influences.
Next, we learn about open tuning and guitar techniques for the Robert Johnson style of Blues.
We move on to other techniques such as string dampening and the slide technique.
In this video, we go over one of Robert Johnson's favorite techniques, the high slide, and we look at some transition licks.
Here, we go over even more guitar licks.
Next, Rory talks about decending bass lines along with intro and ending figures.
In this video, the song "Preaching Blues" is discussed.
Rory performs "Preaching Blues".
Next, another blues standard is discussed.
Rory performs "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day".
Here, we look at Rory's signature guitar and go over vocal differentiations and approaches.
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.
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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