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Rory Block Teaches the Guitar of Robert Johnson Vol. 1

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    Introduction (11:43)


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    Open Tuning, Right Hand Techniques, & the Clawhammer Approach (9:55)


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    Left/Right Hand String Dampening & the Slide Technique (12:13)


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    High Slides Into the 12th Fret & Transition Licks (9:38)


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    More Robert Johnson Licks Broken Down (12:34)


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    Decending Bass Lines & Intro/Ending Figures (6:29)


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    "Preaching Blues" Broken Down (11:56)


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    Performance of "Preaching Blues" (2:51)


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    "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day" Broken Down (14:12)


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    Performance of "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day" (2:40)


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    Rory's Signature Guitar & Vocal Approaches (7:16)


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    "Terraplane Blues" & Practice Tips (8:38)


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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MarioMG
Submitted 8 months ago

Clear and helpful.

It's help me to understand the R. Johnson style.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Ableton Live, Acid, Cakewalk Sonar, Cubase, Pro Tools, Reason, Samplitude

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Rory Block is world renowned for her mastery of country blues, has won the W.C. Handy award for "Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year" in 1997 and 1998 and "Acoustic Blues Album of the Year" in 1996 & 1999. Add to these laurels her latest award, the French "Trophees France Blues 98 - International Guitarist Acoustique '98’ and one can see that Rory Block has become one of the all-time highest regarded blues artists in the world.
 
Block plays regularly to devoted, enthusiastic audiences throughout America and Europe. She's performed and recorded with an such luminaries as Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Mark Knopfler, Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo, Jorma Kaukonen, the Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter and many others. She is an esteemed presence as a songwriter, having garnered not only a gold record in Europe for her album, Best Blues And Originals, but has also won three INDIE awards for "Best Adult Contemporary Album of the Year."
 
She is beloved for the power and honesty of her songwriting and for the unique directness and passion of her performances.
 
In 2010, Block released her autobiography in .pdf format and a limited print run titled When A Woman Gets The Blues.

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    Rory Block Teaches the Guitar of Robert Johnson Vol. 1

    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.

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Date published: 2018-04-06
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