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Woody Mann Guitar Seminars

The Music of Blind Blake & Big Bill Broonzy
November 20th, 2016
New York, NY




Woody will teaching the repertoire and playing styles of Blind Blake and Big Bill Broonzy, two of the greatest masters of the ragtime and blues guitar tradition. In addition to learning many of their sophisticated arrangements, the focus will be on furthering your own creativity by understanding what you are playing and developing practical approaches to creating variations within a tune. Woody will break down the complexities and illustrate Blake and Broonzy’s spontaneous and improvised approach to their music. Some of the techniques covered will be syncopated picking and getting the texture and groove of the music, using partial chords, damping, dynamics and improvising. This is a workshop for guitarists who would like to get deeper into the playing of Blake and Broonzy and take your playing to the next level while learning some great tunes in the process. Space is limited. 


SUNDAY, November 20th, 2016

The location will be in Midtown 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. 

Please email if you have any questions.



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