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The Fingerpicking Blues of Mississippi John Hurt

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  • 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.

  • Spike Driver's Blues 10:33

    Spike Driver's Blues

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

  • Got the Blues, Can't Be Satisfied 7:42

    Got the Blues, Can't Be Satisfied

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

  • Coffee Blues 9:41

    Coffee Blues

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

  • Monday Morning Blues 11:00

    Monday Morning Blues

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

  • Candy Man 9:07

    Candy Man

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

  • Richland Woman Blues 7:01

    Richland Woman Blues

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

  • My Creole Blues 4:14

    My Creole Blues

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

  • Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor 6:31

    Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor

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

  • Satisfied and Tickled Too & Stack O'Lee Blues 8:03

    Satisfied and Tickled Too & Stack O'Lee Blues

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

  • Avalon Blues 9:57

    Avalon Blues

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

  • Mississippi John 4:01

    Mississippi John

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

Product Overview

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!

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