Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar – Do That Guitar Rag with Woody Mann (DVD with booklet)
In Do That Guitar Rag, Woody Mann teaches the sounds and techniques of the classic ragtime blues guitar style. Inspired by the early masters such as Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, Rev. Gary Davis, and Blind Boy Fuller, Woody has written original tunes that break down the complexities of the music into clear and playable instrumentals. Working in standard tuning, Woody illustrates syncopated picking techniques, chord embellishments, rhythmic bass lines, classic ragtime riffs and demonstrates how to attain the characteristic swinging sound of ragtime blues. Included is a Technique and Variations section that focuses in on how to play variations in the songs and discusses practical approaches to developing a solid overall picking technique. Do That Guitar Rag demystifies the playing of the great ragtime blues artists and reveals how to play the sounds and subtleties of this exciting acoustic blues guitar style.
Songs: Midtown Fling, Late Morning Blues, Manhattan Rag, Country Buck, Mr. Blake’s Dance.
80 minutes. Includes tab booklet.
Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar – Early Roots with Woody Mann (DVD with booklet)
Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar – Early Roots teaches the song forms and techniques of early American folk and blues guitar styles. Acclaimed blues performer and educator, Woody Mann, teaches five blues songs based on the playing of such originators as Charley Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, Big Joe Williams, Scrapper Blackwell, and Tommy Johnson. Written for the near beginner to intermediate student, each song illustrates the techniques and approaches of these innovators in a clear and easy to understand arrangement of a classic theme in Open G, Open D, and standard tuning. Woody teaches techniques including rhythmic fingerpicking, left-hand damping, brushing and percussive right-hand techniques and syncopating a melody. Included is a Technique and Variations section where Woody further explores the subtleties of dynamics and phrasing and shows how to create variations within a tune. Early Roots offers the student the tools needed to understand and play the music of the early masters – the roots of today’s acoustic fingerstyle guitar music.
Songs: Delta Blues for Patton, Jackson Moan, Blue Daze, Shuffle Blues,
80 minutes. Includes tab booklet.
Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar – Handful of Riffs with Woody Mann (DVD with booklet)
In Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar – Handful of Riffs Woody Mann teaches five repertoire building songs arranged for the intermediate fingerstyle guitarist. Inspired by Woody’s favorite traditional blues tunes, these easy to follow arrangements teach a variety of acoustic blues styles and sounds. Each song spotlights a specific technique for developing fingerpicking skills, rhythmic grooves and dynamics in your playing. Woody illustrates the syncopated fingerpicking of Blind Blake, the single-line style riffs of Lonnie Johnson, the melodic playing in open G tuning of Memphis Minnie, and the unique riffs in standard tuning of Ramblin’ Thomas and Bo Carter. Woody shows how the riffs and techniques can be applied in other songs and illustrates practical >ways to create variations within a tune. In this fresh approach to teaching Woody Mann has taken the complex music of the early acoustic guitar innovators and has distilled the sounds into clearly written instrumentals that capture the essence and beauty of the music.
Songs include Along the Alley, Minnie’s Spanish Blues, Feeling Bad Blues,
New Old Devil, and Rambling Blues.
82 minutes. Tab booklet included.