Dirt Road Blues (2009)
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|Playing and singing country blues guitar is no easy task. It's just you and the box summoning up the requisite guitar parts, singing the melody and maintaining a solid groove. No drummer. No bass player – just you and your guitar. Independence, repertoire, technique, timing and endurance comprise the essential skill set for authentic fingerstyle country blues guitar. Playing and singing the material in this 2-DVD set hones these skills like nobody's business. Paul Rishell diligently guides you through 16 handpicked tunes to cover a wide variety of the feels, rhythms and techniques that are characteristic to country blues guitar. You'll learn all of the parts, rhythms and requisite techniques for “Down the Dirt Road Blues” by Charley Patton, “Shake 'Em on Down” by Tommy McClennan, “Low Down Rounder” by Peg Leg Howell, “Sweet Jivin' Mama” by Blind Blake, “One Dime Blues” by Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Rag Mama Rag” by Blind Boy Fuller, “Trouble Blues” by Scrapper Blackwell, “Black Horse Blues” by Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Custard Pie” by Blind Boy Fuller, “Hunkie Tunkie” and “Keep it Clean” by Charley Jordan, “Step It up & Go” by Blind Boy Fuller and four Rishell originals; “Vanessa,” “Louise,” “I'm Gonna Jump & Shout” and “Blues on a Holiday.” Get a solid grip on this Delta, Piedmont and Texas blues guitar repertoire and you'll be able to handle anything (including your own compositions) with authenticity, stellar technique and maximum groove. Head out to the porch now with Dirt Road Blues. 146 minutes.|
Editor's NotePaul Rishell hosts this instructional program on the techniques involved in the guitar style known as dirt road blues, covering many of the rhythms and methods associated with the style through 14 hand picked tracks such as Low Down Rounder, Shake 'em On Down, Sweet Jivin' Mama, and many more.