The Blues Bag

Happy Traum

Eleven Classic Songs and Arrangements

Learn to play eleven tried and true favorites that are a must for every acoustic blues player's repertoire. If you have gone beyond the basics and want to add exciting new material to your set list, this two-DVD package is for you! Happy's clear, detailed instruction will move your guitar style forward by leaps and bounds, and will ... Read More

The Blues Guitar (and Harmonica) of John Hammond

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. Harmonicas in the keys of A and D will work well with this ... Read More

The Blues Guitar of Brownie McGhee

Happy Traum

Songs and Techniques Passed Down from a Master Bluesman

"Brownie McGhee had been a legend to me when, in the spring of 1958, I decided to call him. I had never seen him play, but one 10-inch Folkways LP called "Brownie McGhee Blues" had been worn thin on my record player, and I knew all the songs by heart. I was astounded by the brilliance and complexity of his ... Read More

The Blues Guitar of Hubert Sumlin

Hubert Sumlin
Take a lesson from the man who played guitar in Howlin' Wolf's band for more than twenty-five years! Hubert Sumlin's unique guitar lines became an integral part of the Wolf sound, and his spare, sharp-edged solos can be heard on dozens of classic recordings. On this fascinating lesson, Hubert Sumlin discusses his style, technique and influences with guitarist ... Read More

The Blues Guitar of Keb' Mo'

Keb' Mo'

Basic Techniques for the Contemporary Player

Keb' Mo's lesson is aimed at players who want to get comfortable with the basics of traditional country blues and then go on to more contemporary blues-based tunes. Working in the key of E, Keb' shows how turnarounds and harmonized scale passages can be the basis for developing fluid phrases in a Robert Johnson style blues tune. He teaches ... Read More

The Blues Guitar Styles of Memphis Minnie

Del Rey

Unlocking Dazzling Songs, Licks and Solos of a Master Musician

Memphis Minnie was one of the greatest fingerpicking guitarists of the Twentieth Century, part of the backbone of African American blues history. Del Rey knows her songs and styles better than anyone, and she brings them to vibrant life on this thoroughly entertaining, enlightening and exciting lesson. Del provides a “master vocabulary” of powerful fingerpicking licks, in a variety of ... Read More

The Blues-Rock Piano of Johnnie Johnson

Johnnie Johnson

Sessions with a Keyboard Legend

Take a lesson with a true legend of American popular music! This lesson gives us a rare, up-close look into the style and technique of the man who co-wrote and played on all of Chuck Berry's biggest rock 'n' roll hits, including Back in the USA, Memphis, Tennessee, Sweet Little Sixteen, Roll Over Beethoven,  Rock & Roll Music,  ... Read More

The Brownie McGhee - Josh White Package

Josh White, Jr. Happy Traum
Learn to play in the stylesof two giants of acoustic blues guitar!The legendary Josh White's dazzling guitar technique, encompassing both raw Piedmont-style blues and sophisticated jazz-tinged folk arrangements, influenced a generation of players. He was a powerful performer who holds a reverential place in American culture, celebrated in 1998 with a commemorative US Postage Stamp. Josh White, Jr ... Read More

The Electric Guitar of Jorma Kaukonen

Harvey Sorgen, Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen, Michael Falzarano

Blues, Rock & Roll and Beyond

Here is a "formula for instant success on the electric guitar." Learn hundreds of great licks for blues and rock playing and use them to create solos and lead lines to rival the best of them! Jorma clearly explains rhythm grooves, picking techniques, lead bass lines, licks, solos and techniques for electric blues and rock tunes. You'll also get ... Read More

The Fiddle According to Vassar

Vassar Clements
No fiddle player will want to miss this powerful lesson! Vassar Clements' superb technique and imaginative musical ideas are slowed down and brought up close to help you improve your technique, increase your repertoire and expand your musical horizons. Vassar explores more than a dozen of his classic licks, showing how he uses slides, chromatics, double and triple-stops, slurs and ... Read More

The Fingerpicking Blues of Etta Baker

Etta Baker

A Lesson in the Real Piedmont Style

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 ... Read More

The Fingerpicking Blues of John Jackson

John Jackson

with Roy Book Binder

This lesson is a must-have for all guitarists who want a lesson with a traditional blues artist. The Piedmont style comes alive as John Jackson teaches songs from his wide repertoire, detailing the finer points of his fingerstyle technique and reminiscing about Mississippi John Hurt, Mance Lipscomb, Son House and other classic blues guitarists who influenced his music. As a ... Read More
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