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The Acoustic Guitar of Jorma Kaukonen Vol. 1

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8 Videos | Length: 1hr 27min 55sec
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  • Introduction 5:26


    In this first video, we are introduced to acoustic fingerpicker and classic rock legend Jorma Kaukonen and then we tune together.

  • 10:57

    "West Coast Blues" Part 1

    Here, we are shown the chords for song "West Coast Blues" and then Jorma performs and breaks down the song.

  • 12:43

    "West Coast Blues" Part 2

    "West Coast Blues" is further broken down and then played more slowly.

  • 9:27

    "Hesitation Blues" Part 1

    Next, we are shown the song "Hesitation Blues" and Jorma breaks it down for us.

  • 8:14

    "Hesitation Blues" Part 2

    In part 2, we go over comping behind the verse and the double time section.

  • 14:13

    "Killing Time In the Crystal City" Part 1

    We learn this next song in E tuning and using a Dobro slide.

  • 14:07

    "Killing Time In the Crystal City" Part 2

    Next, we continue with breaking down "Killing Time In the Crystal City" by disecting the slide part and playing in dropped D tuning as well.

  • 12:48

    "Embryonic Journey"

    In this last video, we go over the song "Embryonic Journey" and see a duo performance with Jack Casady.

Product Overview

In this insightful Homespun video series, Jorma Kaukonen breaks down his fingerpicking style, lick by lick, with important tips on use of the slide, open tunings, right hand picking and innumerable other techniques.

Jorma Kaukonen's first musical influences were the fingerpicking blues of Blind Blake, Rev. Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy and other traditional players. From those inspirations, he built the acoustic guitar style that has made him a top guitarist and a legendary figure in the pop music world.

You'll learn four of Jorma's favorite pieces in detail, and in no time will be playing traditional tunes West Coast Blues and Hesitation Blues, as well as classic originals Crystal City and Embryonic Journey. Close-ups, split-screens and other techniques help you see and hear Jorma's powerful guitar technique, providing intriguing guitar study and invaluable insights into his approach to his music.

As a special bonus, Jorma and long-time Airplane/Hot Tuna partner Jack Casady demonstrate how two players, on bass and guitar, can collaborate to develop a song together.

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