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The Fingerpicking Blues of Mississippi John Hurt

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    6:41

    In this first video, Happy Traum and John Sebastian introduce the playing style of Mississippi John Hurt and how you can incorporate this into your own playing.

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    Tutorial 2

    Spike Driver's Blues

    10:33

    Here we learn the simple picking song Spike Driver's Blues.

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    Tutorial 3

    Got the Blues, Can't Be Satisfied

    7:42

    We move on to another tuned played with a capo on the second fret.

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    Tutorial 4

    Coffee Blues

    9:41

    The next song we learn is a old, famous blues song that John loved to play for his audience.

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    Tutorial 5

    Monday Morning Blues

    11:00

    We learn another song in the key of A, Monday Morning Blues.

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    Tutorial 6

    Candy Man

    9:07

    The high fret solo is introduced in this song, Candy Man.

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    Tutorial 7

    Richland Woman Blues

    7:01

    We now move into the key of C with Richland Woman Blues.

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    Tutorial 8

    My Creole Blues

    4:14

    In this tutorial we go over My Creole Blues and a few variations.

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    Tutorial 9

    Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor

    6:31

    Next, we go over the classic Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor, Mississippi John style.

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    Tutorial 10

    Satisfied and Tickled Too & Stack O'Lee Blues

    8:03

    This video looks at two different songs with the second one being in the key of D.

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    Tutorial 11

    Avalon Blues

    9:57

    This song, Avalon Blues, is shown played without the thumb pick for a more unique sound.

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    Tutorial 12

    Mississippi John

    4:01

    In this final video, the guys play a tribute song to Mississippi John Hurt.

No traditional musician is better loved than Mississippi John Hurt, and in this Homespun video series, you’ll learn the songs, licks, sounds and techniques that make Mississippi John Hurt's music so popular.

Mississippi John Hurt has influenced innumerable musicians through the years and, four decades after his death, his songs and instrumentals continue to be played throughout the world by novice guitarists and professionals alike.

John Sebastian and Happy Traum, whose friendship goes back to the sixties, had the privilege of knowing John Hurt and hearing him play first hand. With their enthusiasm and love of his music, they take apart eleven of his classic songs, bringing fresh insights into the picking styles of this treasured artist.

If you’re into this style of music, this series is a must watch!

brickyard racer
Submitted 2 months ago

Great stuff. Easy to go back and study in order to get better. Well demonstrated and explained.

Easy to go back and study in order to get better. Well demonstrated and explained.

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The Wiz
Submitted 4 months ago

Good mix of tunes

Great examples and true to the style!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Digital Performer

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John Sebastian is an American-born singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonicist, and autoharpist, who is best known as a founder of The Lovin' Spoonful, a band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and for his impromptu appearance at the Woodstock festival in 1969, and for his No. 1 hit in 1976, "Welcome Back".

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The Fingerpicking Blues of Mississippi John Hurt is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great stuff. Easy to go back and study in order to get better. Well demonstrated and explained. Easy to go back and study in order to get better. Well demonstrated and explained.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good mix of tunes Great examples and true to the style!
Date published: 2017-10-20