Friday, October 26, 2012

Blues Guitar Lessons - Hesitation Blues in Gary Davis Style

Hesitation Blues Lesson Complete Acoustic Blues Guitar Course Free Lesson and Albums (Love In Vain by Robert Johnson) Deep River Blues Lesson on Youtube The latest blues guitar lesson I produced is Hesitation Blues by Reverend Gary Davis. Although there are loads of versions of this song, not too many of them hit the mark like the Reverend's work. One of the hall marks of his playing is the two finger picking, which he has in common with other formidable blues guitar pickers such as Broonzy, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscombe and Doc Watson. With all of these guitarists, the music sounds fluid and syncopated - this is our goal as modern guitarists, 'How do we get that sound?' Always, the sense of pace found in this wonderful music is a challenge, and also the level of dexterity required. It's best to use two fingers like Davis did. Often, two fingers change the feel and timing, making it too pretty. In fact, that is probably one of the worst things we do to these old picking styles, adapting them to modern playing techniques and making it just too pretty and intricate. That said, it's a bit tough for us, trying to emulate the blues guitar legends, and they might either be urging us on, or rolling in their graves! It's difficult for us to try to do because we are just trying to be 'bluesy' in our modern world - these guys WERE 'the blues'. Keep it real. Have a lot of fun and take it easy. Cheers Jim Blues Guitar Lesson - Hesitation Blues Blues guitar lessons london

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