Recommend a good blues fingerpicking book

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  1. frank1985

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    G'day folks, i'm looking for some recommendations for blues fingerpicking books - the ones I have are real basic and uninspiring. I'm looking to learn something like this with the alternating thumb movements



    Standard tuning tab is my preference as it's a bit of a hassle having to switch tunings.
     
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    I used the Grossman John Hurt books to get a leg up on alternating bass. The books have incomplete areas or just plain wrong parts in some sections so once you achieve mastery of what's there you have to sort out the junk. I had the same problem with some of the blind blake material offered by the same group. Ditto the dobro guitar book by Stacy Phillips. Incomplete. Didn't dissuade me you just have to get rhino like with your commitment(s) to keeping the alternating bass happening. Once you have a steady rhythm with your thumb there the rest will fall in line. It took me about 2 weeks at six to eight hours per day to nail down the alternating bass.
     
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    @frank1985 Here's a video of Stefan Grossman playing a pretty cool Big Bill Broonzy tune. Skip to 1:38 for the start of the tune.

     
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    Great suggestions, thanks. Are they exclusively in standard tuning, or are there lessons in alt tunings thrown in as well? I guess with old school fingerpicking blues it's hard to avoid the latter...
     
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    I think most are standard tuning in that one book of Stefan's, and also for Rory's book but with a few in drop D in hers (just one string to tune down).
     
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    There is an excellent transcription of Robert Johnson’s tunes out there. Some standard tuning, a lot of open tuning and slide.
     
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    Looks promising. It's spiral or "comb" bound, as well, which is a big plus for sheet music books. Let us know if you get it?

    I was looking for independent reviews of it in a magazine. One of the editors has a short video on it:
     
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