The key of E shouts out: 'Play the blues.' It is the most popular setting for playing in the style of Lightnin' Hopkins. Chicago bluesmen love playing in E. But there are other approaches of fingerpicking blues in the key of E.
In this lesson we will explore styles and techniques as played by some of the legendary bluesmen. Charley Jordan's unique approach will be taught with note-by-note transcriptions of his 1930's recordings of Keep It Clean and Hunkie Tunkie Blues. Big Joe Williams' classic Baby, Please Don't Go will combine a little of the old (with a Mance Lipscomb right hand technique) with a taste of the new (licks from Booker T. & the MGs).
The perennial Careless Love and I Shall Not Be Moved have touches of Mississippi John Hurt while Crow Jane takes its cues from the playing of Big Bill Broonzy and Brownie McGhee. Pigmeat Shuffle combines the bass and licks of Rev. Gary Davis. And of course Lightnin' Hopkins' playing is included with an arrangement combining many of his trademark licks.
A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD. Each tune is taught phrase by phrase and played slowly on a split-screen. The Bonus
Audio section presents a wide assortment of bluesmen playing the tunes taught in various settings.
Titles include: Baby, Please Don't Go, Pigmeat Shuffle, Crow Jane, I Shall Not Be Moved, Careless Love, Hunkie Tunkie Blues, Keep It Clean and Texas Lightnin' Blues
107 minutes - Level 2/3 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: "You can also ... Or you could ...": Stefan Grossman pulls that thread of creative encouragement through his newest workshop on the art of "Fingerpicking Blues Guitar in the Key of E". Although his tutoring focuses upon a setlist of eight immortals strung between "Pigmeat Shuffle" (whose name alone authenticates any repertoire) and the fantastically oddball "Hunkie Tunkie Blues," it's all the stylistic side streets sprung from Grossman's encyclopedic fretsmanship which particularly foster customization. In other words: You'll learn more than what makes "Texas Lightnin' (Hopkins) Blues" tick, or the chord progression of "Crow Jane," which, when conquered, gets you more than halfway to also mastering analogues like "Key to the Highway" and "Sliding Delta." More than the ins-and-outs behind "Careless Love," a melody that wooed fellow guitarists from Blind Boy Fuller and Johnny Cash to Lead Belly and Dylan. And more than how to chug "Baby, Please Don't Go," a slab of Delta bedrock that became a rite of passage for bluesmen (Muddy to Hooker) and rockers (the Stones to AC/DC) alike. Because Grossman also stuffs a gunnysack full of mix-and-match add-ons, ranging from assorted turnarounds to signature moves of Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Brownie McGhee and Blind Blake. Beyond a chord-and-lick clinic, these 107 minutes are as much a motivational springboard as a technical gateway. Plus, 16 vintage audio tracks offer the bonus thrill of being able to duet with the likes of Charley Patton and Big Joe Williams himself. - Dennis Rozanski/BluesRag
Review: The method is the same on all of Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop teaching DVDs: first Stefan plays the tune (and helps you tune up to him), then breaks it down into sections teaching each part, followed by playing it slowly with the split screen - a different camera on each hand. As always there is a PDF file on the disc showing exactly where to finger each note played. This particular course also featured the bonus of original recordings of the songs, no small perk! In some cases there are multiple versions, and there are also a couple other songs here that aren't taught, but which feature licks that are, I guess. So there are original recordings by Big Joe Williams, Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Charlie Patton, Snooks Eaglin, Charlie Jordan and even Grossman himself plus a couple others. Most are mastered from old 78 rpm records, but a handful are more modern recordings. - Blue Suede News