One of the signature chords of my guitar vocabulary comes from her version of Railroad Bill
. This was the first guitar picking style that I ever learned."--Taj Mahal
Learn traditional fingerpicking blues from a legendary player! Etta Baker plays, sings and breaks down ten traditional and original tunes, offering a true down-home lesson in Piedmont style blues.
Playing her dreadnaught acoustic and 1950's Gibson Les Paul, Etta's rock solid yet swinging fingerpicking is truly inspiring to watch. You'll see, up close, her alternating-thumb and blues picking techniques, plus left-hand chord shapes, slides, bends and the variety of rhythmic devices that add a personal touch to every song she plays.
Etta performs and discusses some of the best-known songs of her repertoire: The classic fingerpicking of Carolina Breakdown, One Dime Blues, Railroad Bill
and Bully Of The Town;
the 'Spanish' four-finger style of Dew Drop;
the electric Delta blues style of her original On The Other Hand Baby;
the rocking Brown's Boogie,
and two songs in open-D (or "K.C.") tuning-- Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad;
and her powerful bottleneck/slide version of John Henry
"Etta Baker is one of the great living exponents of Piedmont blues.... Here we get a generous sampling of traditional tunes and original pieces, performed on either an acoustic guitar or a Les Paul. Homespun's split-screen technique and some slow motion reprises makes the lesson all the more revealing.... Interviewed by Wayne Martin, Baker comes across as a real charmer, every bit as warm and genial as her music. So much so, in fact, that even folks who don't know a hammer-on from a pull-off will be delighted to make her acquaintance." - Jazz Times