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Improvising and Variations for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar
  • Improvising and Variations for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar
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130 pages w/CD FREE SHIPPING! in US Many early blues songs from players such as Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Blake and others were played using the basic “Cowboy” chords (chords played between the first three frets) that most beginning students have learned. Combining those chords with fingerstyle methods such as Travis picking (alternating bass) or dead thumb (monotonic bass) can be a joy in and of itself. But what if the student could take his/her knowledge of old blues tunes and learn to improvise with them? Using tools such as the CAGED system and using pentatonic scales we can open a new world of improvisation.

The key is being able to maintain a steady bass. We will show the student how to use chord voicings that maximize: 1) open strings and 2) fretted strings that are useful and powerful.

The CAGED system has become a part of the guitar teacher’s vernacular. As a method for navigating the guitar neck it has a great deal of value for students who don’t want to get bogged down in arcane theory. Five simple chord shapes provide the basis from which all guitar players (beginner, novice, advanced) can explore the guitar neck.

Most beginning guitar students are familiar with the first position chords: C-A-G-E-D. What many of them don’t know is that they can apply these chord “shapes” to the entire fretboard to make any chord they want. Notice I use the word “shapes.” It is essential that we shift our thinking from “this is a G chord” to “this is a G chord SHAPE.” As we move that shape up and down the fretboard it becomes other chords.

As you work through the exercises and songs in this book you will notice that the different chord shapes lend themselves to experimentation and I encourage you come up with your own variations.

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A GUIDE TO ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR
  • A GUIDE TO ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR
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A guide to playing acoustic fingerstyle blues guitar. 175 pages w/2CDS. Over 30 songs by artists such as Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, John Fahey and many others. Songs are played in standard tuning, open D, open G, open C and open D minor.

A GUIDE TO ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR
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1-16 HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHIES

SONGS CD TRACK # ARTIST TUNING
20 BEGINNING EXERCISES 1-7
27 FREIGHT TRAIN 8-9 Elizabeth Cotton STD
29 STAG-O-LEE 10-11 John Hurt
32 OLD COUNTRY ROCK 12-13 William Moore DROPPED D
36 PIGMEAT STRUT 14-15 Bill Broonzy STD
41 HEY, HEY 16-17 Bill Broonzy
44 SATURDAY NIGHT RUB 18-19 Bill Broonzy
48 CHARLEY JAMES 20-21 Mance Lipscomb
49 SPIKE DRIVER BLUES 22-23 John Hurt
51 SATISFIED AND TICKLED TOO 24-25 John Hurt
53 FROM FOUR UNTIL LATE 26-27 Robert Johnson
55 IN CHRIST THERE IS NO EAST OR WEST 28 John Fahey
58 KIND HEARTED WOMAN 29 Robert Johnson
60 SATURDAY NIGHT SHUFFLE 30-31 Merle Travis
67 POOR BOY LONG WAYS FROM HOME 32-33 John Fahey OPEN D
74 VESTAPOL 34-35 trad. OPEN D
78 SON HOUSE GROOVE 36 Madsen/House OPEN G
79 FRANKIE 37-38 John Hurt OPEN G
81 MINNIE’S SPANISH BLUES 39-40 Woody Mann OPEN G
DISK 2
84 CROSSROADS GROOVE 1 Madsen/Johnson OPEN G
86 COME ON IN MY KITCHEN 2 Madsen/Johnson OPEN G
88 SPANISH TWO STEP 3 John Fahey OPEN G
92 BLACK MATTIE 4-5 Robert Belfour OPEN G
95 TEXAS HONEYMOON 6 Madsen OPEN G
98 BOOGIE ON A ROLL 7 Madsen OPEN G
100 DUST MY BROOM GROOVE 8-9 Madsen/Johnson OPEN D
102 STEEL GUITAR RAG 10 John Fahey OPEN D
106 THE RED PONY 11 John Fahey D MINOR
113 NEW ORLEANS 12 Madsen STD
116 ST. LOUIS BLUES 13 Handy DROPPED D
120 MISSISSIPPI BLUES 14 Willie Brown STD
123 BADLANDS 15 Madsen DROPPED D
125 POLICY BLUES 16 Bo Carter DROPPED D
128 CHUMP MAN BLUES 17-18 Blind Blake DROPPED D
132 DIDDIE WAH DIDDIE 19 Blind Blake STD
137 POLICE DOG BLUES 20 Blind Blake OPEN D
143 SHUFFLE RAG 21 Bill Broonzy STD
150 LAST STEAM ENGINE TRAIN 22-23 John Fahey STD
155 IRONWEED RAG 24 Madsen STD
161 GOIN DOWN TO RICHMOND 25 Madsen DROPPED D
168 SUNFLOWER RIVER BLUES 26 Fahey OPEN C
170 WATERMELON SEEDS 27 Madsen OPEN C



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FREE SHIPPING!!! in US This book is designed for the guitarist who wants to learn to solo in a blues format. My expectation is that you are a guitarist who knows how to play decent rhythm, understand I IV V chord progressions, can play competently in several different keys, and perhaps even have attempted some soloing. You may or may not know some scales and riffs and have possibly toyed around with techniques such as slides, pull-offs, hammer-ons, bends and vibrato. If that is the case, read on. In this book we will learn the basic tools for soloing, which include scales and partial chords. We will play several 12 bar solos and analyze how they are built. Along the way you will learn all of the above techniques, but MOST importantly you will learn to create musical phrases. As the word suggests, a phrase is based on the language skills you already possess. If you think of your daily speech as a template for soloing you will bring life and vitality to your playing. In our speech we have many different types of phrases: statements, questions(?), exclamations(!), pauses….These phrases will have content and inflection. For instance a whisper implies secrecy. It is barely audible and meant for only a few chosen ears. That soft inflection makes the listener perk up their ears, as if something important is being said. I am often telling many of my students to play louder, but what I’m really asking them to do is play with dynamics. Play loud, then play soft; alter your attack and you will notice how much your audience is really listening.

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FREE SHIPPING!!! in US only 150 pages w/CD. This book is a good primer for those just getting started with bottleneck slide guitar. We cover both acoustic and electric guitar styles. The chapters are broken down into various tunings: Spanish (open G), Vestapol (open D), Standard tuning (EADGBE); and samples of less well known tunings: open C and D7. The beginning of each chapter will lead you through easy exercises and progress to more complicated songs. The book also includes a CD and a history of bottleneck slide which spans the era between the early 20th century and today.

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CDs

Rooster Eggs: CD

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Pete's Newest CD!!! All instrumental acoustic guitar: slide, 12 string and resonator 1 - Hope Springs Eternal (Madsen) 4:25 2 - Pete’s Barrelhouse Rag (Madsen) 2:51 3 - Le Petit Nicolas (Madsen) 4:04 4 - In Christ there is no East or West (Traditional) 2:53 5 - Song of the Jellies (Madsen) 3:52 6 - Crabapples (Madsen) 2:55 7 - Pass the Jug (F. Melrose) 3:11 8 - Badlands (Madsen) 4:36 9 - An Operatic Rag (Frosini) 3:43 10 - Texas Honeymoon (Madsen) 5:37 11 - Song of the Swamp (Kottke/Madsen) 3:50 12 - Blue Carnival (Madsen) 4:43

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Good Time Music: Blues and Rags: CD
  • Good Time Music: Blues and Rags: CD
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FREE SHIPPING IN U.S. Original and early blues and ragtime tunes: 1 Ironweed Rag 2 C Rag 3 Shake it, Break it... 4 Goin' Down to Richmond 5 Cannonball Rag 6 When You Got a Good Friend 7 Movin' Day Blues 8 Saturday Night Shuffle 9 Blues for a Young Man 10 Frankie 11 Maple Leaf Rag 12 That Evening Sun Go Down 13 One Meatball 14 Le Petit Nicolas 15 Stingee Brim 16 Steel Guitar Rag

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ALL BOOKS (except "A Guide to Acoustic Blues Guitar") ON SALE: $20 plus FREE SHIPPING!!! (in US only)
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1) IMPROVISING AND VARIATIONS FOR FINGERSTYLE BLUES GUITAR
available in hard copy or digital download

2) JAMMING THE BLUES: A GUIDE TO SOLOING OVER 12 BAR BLUES SHUFFLES
available in hard copy or digital download


3) A GUIDE TO ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR
available in hard copy or digital download


4) A GUIDE TO BOTTLNECK SLIDE GUITAR
available in hard copy or digital download