"Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar – Early Roots" teaches the song forms and techniques of early American folk and blues guitar styles. Acclaimed blues performer and educator, the late Woody Mann teaches five blues songs based on the playing of such originators as Charley Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, Big Joe Williams, Scrapper Blackwell, and Tommy Johnson.
Written for the near beginner to intermediate student, each song illustrates the techniques and approaches of these innovators in a clear and easy to understand arrangement of a classic theme in Open G, Open D, and standard tuning.
Woody teaches techniques including rhythmic fingerpicking, left-hand damping, brushing and percussive right-hand techniques and syncopating a melody. Included is a Technique and Variations in G section where Woody further explores the subtleties of dynamics and phrasing and shows how to create variations within a tune. Early Roots offers the student the tools needed to understand and play the music of the early masters – the roots of today’s acoustic fingerstyle guitar music. Songs: Delta Blues for Patton, Jackson Moan, Blue Daze, Shuffle Blues, Bullfrog Groan, Blues in G, Techniques and Variations.