placeholder

O Jerusalem

Here's a lovely old gospel song arranged by Martin Simpson. I've been teaching this recently on my guitar course at Cecil Sharp House, London for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. I do have the TAB for this…

placeholder

Heroes of St Valery

Hi Guys,

Here's a tune I'm currently teaching on my beginners folk guitar course at Cecil Sharp House, London for the EFDSS. I've loved this tune for years since first hearing it played by Martin Carthy on his British…

placeholder

I'm going on tour with Steve Harley

Very excited to tell you all I'll be going on tour with Steve Harley this spring! He's got a fantastic new album out 'Uncovered' which was recorded with Martin Simpson and I've been asked to fill his very big and…

placeholder

Old Tom of Oxford / Rochdale Coconut Dance

Two tunes I've been teaching recently at my guitar workshops for the English Folk Dance and Song Society. The first is an amalgamation of my own ideas and Martin Carthy's arrangement of 'Old Tom of Oxford' from his awesome Crown…

placeholder

Delta Blues Monday #29

Here's a great little Fred McDowell lick from his song 'Lord, I'm Going Down South'... its relatively simple so try to focus on getting a good feel and groove going on. 

placeholder

Delta Blues Monday #28

Here are the opening 4 bars to Willie Brown's master piece 'Mississippi Blues' - recorded on the LSF-59 library of congress LP. The intro features these great chord inversions and a lovely descending bass line make sure you check out…

placeholder

Delta Blues Monday #27

 

Here is a great little outro lick to get round your fingers! Its taken from Willie Brown's masterpiece 'Ragged and Dirty' which can be found on the Library of Congress record LSF-59. If you want to play along to the…

placeholder

Delta Blues Monday #26

This week I decided to look at arguably Robert Johnsons most famous song - Kind Hearted Woman Blues. I love the changes between the Dom7, Dim7 and Min6 all derived from one simple chord shape. These chord changes have become…

placeholder

Come and Learn Folk Guitar With Me!

For a few years now I've been teaching a series of folk guitar workshops on a Saturday afternoon at Cecil Sharp House. I love it! We always get a good amount of people (10-15) and its a really relaxed and…

placeholder

Delta Blues Monday #25

This awesome little lick comes from the intro of 'Terraplane Blues' - one of Robert Johnsons' big hits selling 5000 copies when it was first released. Its a great song littered with lots of sexual innuendo and metaphor about his…

placeholder

Delta Blues Monday #24

For this weeks #DeltaBluesMonday I've looked at the into to 'From Four Until Late' by Robert Johnson. It was made famous by Eric Clapton and is a great example of Robert Johnson playing around with the blues. The harmonic movement…

placeholder

Delta Blues Monday #23

This intro to 'Sweet Home Chicago' contains all of the classic Robert Johnson turnaround patterns. It moves between the I-IV-I-V chord changes in the two measure phrase and uses that classic shuffle rhythm. I love the chord voicing for the…