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.