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 lesson.
John breaks down nearly a dozen songs from his vast repertoire, showing the scales, chord shapes, licks and turnarounds that define the country blues genre. As he shares his musical ideas and techniques, he discusses his musical mentors and recounts colorful anecdotes that illustrate his long career as a touring blues musician.
You'll learn innumerable ways to improve your own blues playing, including the use of the slide and how to integrate the harp into your songs. The whole lesson is enhanced by John's heartfelt performances of the songs he is teaching, which include Just Your Fool, Phonograph Blues, Hellhound on My Trail, Terraplane Blues, Come On in My Kitchen, Untrue Blues, Honest I Do, Drop Down Mama, Jitterbug Swing, Come to Find Out and Slick Crown Vic.
"Blues revivalist John Hammond, who has been on the road for 44 years, is an extremely self-effacing guy, but he's an absolute genius on the six-string guitar. ...This fine how-to combines Hammond's masterful playing and instruction with producer/host Happy Traum's interview questions about the artist's style. ...When he's blowing harp, playing and singing, the DVD switches to a tri-split screen to show all of the action in detail. An excellent instructional video for guitar- and harmonica-playing blues fans, this is highly recommended." -- Video Librarian