The Fingerpicking Blues Of Mississippi John Hurt
Nov 13 2016
No traditional musician is better loved than Mississippi John Hurt. He has influenced innumerable musicians through the years and, four decades after his death, his songs and instrumentals continue to be played throughout the world by novice guitarists and professionals alike.
This lesson is filled with the songs, licks, sounds and techniques that make Mississippi John Hurt’s music so popular. John Sebastian and Happy Traum, whose friendship goes back to the sixties, had the privilege of knowing John Hurt and hearing him play first hand. With their enthusiasm and love of his music, they take apart eleven of his classic songs, bringing fresh insights into the picking styles of this treasured artist.
This is not a note-for-note transcription of John Hurt’s songs. Rather, Sebastian and Traum try to convey the feel of Hurt’s style as they have come to interpret it. Not to say that they’ve changed the songs much – they will get you very close, and then the finer details can be picked up by listening to the records. Also it becomes quite easy to figure out songs not included in the DVD once you have gotten the hang of it.
It’s worth mentioning that they do not teach you how to fingerpick, so it would be helpful to have a little experience with that style. The songs are nonetheless difficult to master, especially if you plan on sometimes singing along with them, as everyone should.
If you wish to learn the blues on the acoustic guitar, the purpose of this DVD is not simply to teach you the songs of the great Mississippi John Hurt, but to help you develop your own style. It is very exciting to learn the song, but Happy pushes the student to develop a style unique to the student, allowing the student to have subtle changes…these changes will end up showing up in other songs as they become part of the students ‘bag of tricks’.
If you know some fingerpicking and some blues, you are ready to dive in and learn the songs. This DVD is for the Intermediate player, rather than the beginner. Be prepared to push the pause button, practice, practice, practice, and then go back. As the weeks go by, you will be very pleased with your progress.
If you do not know fingerpicking, and alternate bass, don’t despair! Or, if you are a beginner, you can still learn the songs of John Hurt, but do it right by first building a solid guitar foundation.
- Spike Driver’s Blues
- Got The Blues (Can’t Be Satisfied)
- Coffee Blues
- Richland Woman Blues
- My Creole Belle
- Monday Morning Blues
- I’m Satisfied
- Stack O’Lee
- Candy Man
- Avalon Blues
- Make Me A Pallet on Your Floor
Bonus section: Sam Hood, owner of the Gaslight Cafe, the Greenwich Village coffee house that was “home” to John Hurt when he played in New York City in the ‘60s, shares memories, insights, anecdotes and some laughs with Happy and John about Mississippi John and other members of the folk and blues community.
Running time: 01:36:25
Video: MPEG2 NTSC 4:3 (720×480) VBR
Audio: Dolby AC3, 2 ch
Booklet: Yes (PDF)
Size: 4.2 Gb