This collection by Jorma Kaukonen is a must for all players and fans who want to delve deeply into his innovative guitar style. Jorma performs eight of his most popular solo pieces, then analyzes them -- phrase-by-phrase -- for learning guitarists. The instruction on the CD, coupled with the clear and accurate transcriptions in the book, will make it possible for even the moderately proficient guitarist to add these songs to his or her repertoire: Embryonic Journey, Trial By Fire, Watch the North Wind Rise, I See The Light, Been So Long, Mann's Fate, Genesis and Water Song.
Beginning in the early sixties, Jorma's Rev. Gary Davis-influenced fingerpicking style spread far into the estuaries of rock and country blues. He performed with Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia and Jimi Hendrix, and then helped found one of the most adventurous and creative American rock bands, Jefferson Airplane. In 1970, Jorma and Jack Casady formed Hot Tuna, a combination that has inspired a whole generation of acoustic fingerstyle guitarists.
A lifelong interest in teaching has resulted in four highly successful instructional videos/DVD's for Homespun Tapes. Along with his wife, Vanessa, he has created a guitar camp and workshop for children and adults on his farm, Fur Peace Ranch, in the hills of eastern Ohio. Jorma has recorded over 27 albums, and (as a member of Jefferson Airplane) was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.