Here's one of my favourite Robert Johnson intros! Its in Open E Tuning (EBEG#BE) and features some really simple but great slide. Hope you like it!
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.
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.
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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!
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Here's 17 bars of Charlie Christian genius. I love how his solos sound like mini compositions, so much weight and purpose to each line. Hope you like it!
So recently I've been transcribing lots of jazz solos by Charlie Christian. I really love his phrasing and thought I'd learn a lot by really honing in on what he does in his solos.. anyway I've also recently become aware of 'Soundslice' - basically a video / notation website where you can watch the score being played.
I thought some of you might appreciate this service so I've started my own SoundSlice page and will be posting up my jazz transcriptions on here and on there as and when I do them! I hope you find them useful.. if you want to throw me some pennies for my effort then please feel free!
I was recently asked to learn this fabulous O'Carolan tune by a guitar student of mine and I got to work on learning Nic Jones' arrangement from his fantastic album 'Penguin Eggs'. After a couple of days of playing around with it I added a few additional chords which I play towards the end of the arrangement... I've got my own transcription / TAB of this in DGDGBD if anyone fancies learning it drop me a line
I’ve been having such a great time teaching “Weeping Willow” by Blind Boy Fuller on my subscribers group guitar workshops I thought I’d share with you the tutorial I made. In this video we'll look at the chords, the structure of the piece and then a simple strumming pattern that incorporates the bass line from the original. There’s a free transcription I did in the info box too!
I love this song, its got such an interesting groove! Let me know how you get on in the comments below.
I've been running a subscribers only group guitar lesson for a couple of months now. I'm really enjoying it! So far we have looked at Martin Carthy's arrangement of "The Trees They Do Grow High", Blind Boy Fullers "Weeping Willow" and we've just started looking at strumming techniques and briefly looked at Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now".
I've currently got 10 in that class and I'm looking to get another group going - possibly splitting them into two tiers; beginners and intermediates. Its £20 a month, you get a group lesson every 2 weeks plus videos, pdfs and my ears to give some feedback.
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I had the pleasure of performing my first ever solo folk set for Ciaran Algar's Corona Collaborations Festival over the weekend. This was my second number (straight after my glorious debut on the kazoo).. I've been writing a solo album of traditional material from Essex and London to keep my creative juices flowing and to be honest, just to cheer myself up. Not sure if it'll ever get released but I can actually listen to this song and not cringe so I thought I'd share it with you guys.
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