Stefan Grossman – Complete Country Blues Guitar

Mar 06 2015

Stefan Grossman – Complete Country Blues Guitar

Don’t miss a chance to learn a lot of beautiful songs from maestro Stefan Grossman. The lessons are from beginner to advanced level. Over 50 fingerpicking guitar solos in notation and tablature in country blues, Delta blues, ragtime blues, Texas blues and bottleneck styles. An extremely comprehensive blues solo collection. 2 CD’s included.
He tabs out fifty-seven songs in a variety of styles and tunings, enough to keep any student busy for a year or more. Each song has at least one fully-transcribed verse. Many have intros and outros, and some are complete arrangements. Most of the book covers the alternating bass and ragtime traditions of the Memphis and Piedmont blues, but there are seven Delta tunes, and excellent seven-song chapter on Texas blues, and even a good number of bottleneck tunes. Most of the songs are old standards (“Crow Jane”,”Vestapol”,”Hard Time Killin’ Floor”) taken from the original recordings by artists like Reverend Gary Davis, Mance Liscomb, and Blind Blake.
There are lots of photos of old bluesmen as well as atmospheric old-South pictures from the Library of Congress collection. The CDs feature Grossman playing the tabbed arrangements (and then some) as well as original Blind Lemon Jefferson tracks. They’re listenable in their own right, even if you aren’t learning the guitar! A really great book for intermediate to advanced players.
The TAB book is huge, with a generous amount of songs nicely tabbed out, and would be worth the price alone, but the two CDs are an additional value for both lessons and simply enjoying the music. This is a great way to learn about the history of Country Blues Guitar, as there are stories and explanations of how to play each song. There are a lot of different styles from many of the old Country Blues Men. Each song has an explanation and photo.

Songs include:

  • A Tribute To Lonnie Johnson
  • Banty Rooster
  • Belzona Blues
  • Bill Bailey
  • Blake’s Breakdown
  • Blues Ain’t Dry
  • Buck Dancer’s Choice
  • Charley James
  • Come Back Baby
  • Country Line
  • Crow Jane
  • Easy Rider Blues
  • Easy Street
  • Fare Thee Well Titanic
  • Franklin Blues
  • God Moves On the Water
  • Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
  • Hard Time Killin’ Floor
  • If You Haven’t Any Hay Get On Down The Road
  • It Won’t Be Long
  • John Henry
  • Juicy Lucy
  • Just A Closer Walk With Thee
  • Kassie Jones
  • Man of My Own
  • Mississippi Blues
  • Monday Morning Blues
  • Moon Goin’ Down
  • Mourning Blues
  • New Pony Blues
  • Nobody’s Dirty Business
  • Old Country Rock
  • One Kind Favor
  • Police Dog Blues
  • Ragged And Dirty
  • Ragtime Mama Blues
  • Return To Little Rock
  • Salty Dog
  • Shake That Thing
  • Sister Kate
  • Sitting On Top of the World
  • Someday Baby
  • Special Rider Blues
  • Spoonful
  • Strange City Streets
  • Struttin’ Rag
  • Take A Whiff On Me
  • Tickle Dew
  • Ton of Blues
  • Twelve Sticks
  • Vestapool
  • Wake Up Mama
  • Weeping Willow
  • Working On The New Railroad
  • Yonder Comes The Blues
  • You Got the Pocketbook, I Got the Key

Format: PDF + Audio tracks (Mp3). 257 pages

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