Guitar Seminars NYC

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The Music of  Blind Blake & Big Bill Broonzy
February 4th, 2018
New York, NY



In this workshop I will be teaching the repertoire and playing styles of  two of the greatest masters of ragtime blues guitar playing.  I’ll break down the complexities and illustrate Blake and Big Bill’s spontaneous improvised approach. In addition to learning many of their sophisticated arrangements, the focus will be on understanding what you are playing and  practical ways to improvise within a tune. Some of the techniques covered will be syncopated picking and getting the texture and groove of the music, using partial chords, damping, dynamics, and how to learn directly off the original recording.  I’ll be presenting new tunes from previous workshops. This is a session for guitarists who are comfortable with picking basics and would like to get deeper into the playing of these two incredible musicians.  Space is limited. Feel free to  email me with questions. – Woody 




SUNDAY, February 4th, 2018


Midtown  West, Manhattan.


$300.00 USD
Includes all materials; music and tablature, audio and video recordings.



Once registered you will receive a confirmation email with the address, contact numbers, as well as additional information for preparing for the workshop. 

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Reviews of Woody’s Broonzy and Blake DVD

Many talented musicians offer DVD lessons, but not all are gifted teachers. A teacher who possesses the gift of teaching can anticipate where students may struggle, and will revisit the issue at hand repeatedly. Woody Mann is a terrific performer, but is a gifted teacher. It has the “line up on line, precept upon precept” feel that is so necessary for successful teaching.

It may be wise to start with The Guitar of Big Bill Broonzy DVD (but even as a stand alone, this may be his finest. (the jury is still out in our home because we have just received two more of his DVDs and will review them in time) As it stands now, I purchase everything I can taught by him. This is his clearest and most concise and theme building DVD yet. A marvel for anyone who loves fingerstyle guitar. – Peter Hyatt/Amazon Customer Review

Woody Mann is a man who knows his business of blues guitar thoroughly. Blind Blake is easily the toughest/most skillful blues player ever seen, so you really need some good instruction to get inside to the secrets of Mr. Blake. Woody Mann is very good teacher. In fact, I’m actually trying to avoid other teachers and buying only his videos and other teaching material, because he is so good at it. – M. Jaatinen/Amazon Customer Review