In this first video, we are introduced to blues musician John Hammond and learn about his influences and finger picking technique.
Here, we have the song "Just Your Fool" broken down for us and we learn some right hand basics.
In this next video, we learn a song that is played in the original delta blues style.
John plays another song to break down and introduces the harmonica.
Here, we learn two songs and we discuss string gauges.
After a performance and discussion of "Come To Find Out", John discussed his favorite guitars.
We continue our break down and go over open A tuning.
With the breakdown of this song we learn open E tuning and using a slide.
Next we learn two Robert Johnson songs in the open A tuning.
In this video, we are shown two more blues songs and go over the chords that make them unique.
In this last video, we are shown one of John's orginials, "Slick Crown Vic" and hear John's final thoughts.
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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