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The Blues Guitar & Harmonica of John Hammond

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    In this first video, we are introduced to blues musician John Hammond and learn about his influences and finger picking technique.

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    Just Your Fool

    Here, we have the song "Just Your Fool" broken down for us and we learn some right hand basics.

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    Phonograph Blues

    In this next video, we learn a song that is played in the original delta blues style.

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    Untrue Blues

    John plays another song to break down and introduces the harmonica.

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    Honest I Do & Robert Geddens Tune in B Minor

    Here, we learn two songs and we discuss string gauges.

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    Come To Find Out Pt. 1

    After a performance and discussion of "Come To Find Out", John discussed his favorite guitars.

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    Come To Find Out Pt. 2

    We continue our break down and go over open A tuning.

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    Drop Down Mama

    With the breakdown of this song we learn open E tuning and using a slide.

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    Hell Hound On My Trail & Come On in My Kitchen

    Next we learn two Robert Johnson songs in the open A tuning.

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    Terraplane Blues & Jitterbug Swing

    In this video, we are shown two more blues songs and go over the chords that make them unique.

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    Slick Crown Vic

    In this last video, we are shown one of John's orginials, "Slick Crown Vic" and hear John's final thoughts.

Product Overview

John Hammond's passion and commitment to his music have inspired blues lovers throughout the world for more than forty years. Now guitarists (and harmonica players) can learn, up close, how John plays the songs, licks, grooves and soulful solos that make up his dynamic blues style.

John breaks down nearly a dozen songs from his vast repertoire, showing the scales, chord shapes, licks and turnarounds that define the country blues genre.

As he shares his musical ideas and techniques, he discusses his musical mentors and recounts colorful anecdotes that illustrate his long career as a touring blues musician.

You'll learn innumerable ways to improve your own blues playing, including the use of the slide and how to integrate the harp into your songs.

The whole lesson is enhanced by John's heartfelt performances of the songs he is teaching, which include Just Your Fool, Phonograph Blues, Hellhound on My Trail, Terraplane Blues, Come On in My Kitchen, Untrue Blues, Honest I Do, Drop Down Mama, Jitterbug Swing, Come to Find Out and Slick Crown Vic.

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From coffeehouses to concert halls, festivals and beyond, John Hammond has spent forty years entertaining blues, folk and rock audiences around the world, performing intense solo acoustic blues. A Grammy Award winner and four time nominee, Hammond is also a multiple W.C. Handy award winner who has shared the stage and/or recorded with many of the masters, including Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf.
John has recorded over twenty five albums and his passionate commitment to traditional blues made him the natural choice to host the BRAVO TV special and Sony Home Video, The Search for Robert Johnson. His 2003 release, Ready For Love, was produced by David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and is the perfect follow up to Wicked Grin, the acclaimed album produced by longtime friend Tom Waits and featuring all Waits' songs.

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    The Blues Guitar & Harmonica of John Hammond

    John Hammond's passion and commitment to his music have inspired blues lovers throughout the world for more than forty years. Now guitarists (and harmonica players) can learn, up close, how John plays the songs, licks, grooves and soulful solos that make up his dynamic blues style.

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