Finger picking blues guitar instruction

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by psychobilly451, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. psychobilly451

    psychobilly451 TDPRI Member

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    I am a beginner player and ultimately would like to be able to play in the realm of RL Burnside, Lightning Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, etc.

    I am planning on picking up Finger picking guitar techniques by Stefan Grossman DVD. Plus I have
    Joseph Alexander
    Fingerstyle Blues Guitar: Master Acoustic Blues Guitar Fingerpicking and Soloing.

    Am I on the right track for learning materials?

     
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    4 Cat Slim Friend of Leo's

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    You're probably starting down the right track as well as with anything else I can think of.
    One more suggestion:Immerse yourself in recordings of Brownie McGhee (with and without Sonny Terry) and
    probably Mance Lipscomb as well. Just a plug for two guys whose music has guided me over the past thirty to forty years or so.
    Final suggestion: Don't think of blues as a geographic sort of thing (Texas blues, Delta blues, Piedmont blues, etc...).
    Listen for the feeling.
    Just my two cents.
     
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    psychobilly451 TDPRI Member

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    I am familiar with McGhee but haven't heard much. I lean toward the darker rowdier booze and wimmen songs but have been listening to John Hurt and some Lipscomb lately.

    I listen to blues 90% of the time when I put on music.

    Thanks for the input 4 cat slim.


     
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    Grossman will steer you towards Mississippi John Hurt some of the time too (my favorite fingerpicked acoustic blues guy). A google search on "Mississippi John Hurt Guitar Tab Book" turns up a pretty useful free resource.
     
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    Stephen’s material is top shelf.

    Perhaps for a complete beginner you might find David Hamburgers Blues Handbook courses easier.

    You can find them over at Truefire.

    Enjoy the trip!
     
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    raysachs Friend of Leo's

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    I've been learning to fingerpick blues too. I've been doing a series of David Hamburger courses on TruFire. Everybody has their own teaching style and everyone has their own learning style and his teaching style fits my learning style really well. I also like the way, the tabs essentially follows along with the video and if you get a tough section you need to work on, you can highlight that portion of the tab and the video and tab will just go over that section in a loop. I personally find this really useful. But the "guitarnick" site shown above also looks pretty good and I might try a few of those as well...
     
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