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Nine Pound Hammer (Merle Travis) 

I've been teaching this one recently to my students on my group guitar lessons subscription service (check out the subscribe section for details)... a cheery little number to get you all through these strange old times! 

It's an amalgamation of ideas taken from Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel with a good dollop of me thrown in for good measure. I like this sort of guitar playing... it feels nice to play when you get that thumb swinging on 2 & 4 and you can get a bit carried away with it all and for a moment you forget all the shit that is going on around you. Anyway, for you guitarists out there there's a free transcription / TAB in the downloads page if you fancy learning it - better still - get in touch and I'll teach it to you. 

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I'm on Bandcamp 

Hey Guys,

I've been working on a solo record over the past year and I'm planning on self releasing it next year on bandcamp. If you're on bandcamp i'd really appreciate a follow on my bandcamp and then we can all just have a jolly time on bandcamp. Its called bandcamp. 

Here I am! 

https://daviddelarre.bandcamp.com/

thanking you in advance! ;-)

David

Swaggering Boney (Trad.) 

When I was a kid I'd spend most of the year being dragged around gorgeous little pubs in rural Essex following a gang of bald and bearded morris men as they danced and played to unsuspecting audiences. At the time I thought it was all rather embarrassing and was in it mainly for the pork scratchings (20 years before they were cool I hasten to add) and of course the odd occasional pint of beer or most likely half a shandy. Little did I know at the time that I'd spend the rest of my life playing those tunes to unsuspecting audiences and how much I'd learn to love this sort of music. 

Anyway here's an old morris dance tune called Swaggering Boney. I've been teaching it recently at Cecil Sharp House for the English Folk Dance and Song Society - if you want to learn it then its available to download on my downloads page.

Hope you like it!

 

HBO/Punchdrunk 'The Third Day' 

Feeling very proud and honoured to have been involved with Punchdrunk and HBO's ‘The Third Day' - a 12 hour long wonderful experiment of theatre, TV and hardcore realism! It was amazing to be part of something so ambitious and groundbreaking. I'm in complete awe of the entire cast and technical teams that made it happen. Well done to all involved! 

I don't think I'll ever look at Osea Island in the same way again! 

P.S Jude Law f**king rocks and deserves a medal for what he achieved that day. 



#thethirdday #thethirddayautumn #oseaisland #punchdrunk #hbo #skyarts

Delta Blues Mondays #33 Gravel Road Blues (Mississippi Fred McDowell) | TABS 

Here's the intro to Mississippi Fred McDowell's 'Gravel Road Blues' a lovely little song based on a very simple blues lick, the whole thing is built around the minor 3rd and the flat 7.. playing on that minor / major tonality in the blues. Have a listen to his version! Such a wonderful groove which really swings and pulls its weight from beat 1 onwards. Its in open G tuning with the capo on the 1st fret. 

Good luck! 

Breakfast Feud 

This is a great little solo from Charlie Christian. It features some lovely little lines over the Eb and Bb opening with a a flurry of chord and colour tones over the Eb... outlining the b3, 3, 5, 6, 9, b7 and 7! Marvellous.

If you fancy throwing me a few virtual pennies then here's my tip jar: https://www.paypal.me/daviddelarre

 

Saturday Folk Music Workshops at Cecil Sharp House! 

Booking is now open for my Saturday Folk Music Workshops at Cecil Sharp House for EFDSS. I've been teaching on this course for 5 years or so and I absolutely love it! Its open to absolute beginners to intermediate/advanced players and for the very first time it will be held online using zoom. I use two cameras so you get a good close up view of my hands, external microphones for the very best audio, I share PDFs of my transcriptions, music from my computer and support most of my workshops with video lessons too. Support this fantastic organisation and me by signing up! 

Pease share this post with anyone you know who might be interested in learning the guitar with like minded people! 

https://www.efdss.org/learning/adults/music-workshops/guitar