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4. From Texas To Carolina

Songs by Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscombe, Blind Boy Fuller, Floyd Council.

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I've been availing myself of Jim's lessons for several years now and I would say that they are the best blues instructional materials out there. I don't feel that I would have come nearly as far in my playing as I would have without them. His instruction is always interesting, and he breaks down difficult passages in ways that make them easy to learn. I greatly appreciate the work and skill that Jim has put into this.

Larry Wayne

Guitar lesson videos showing how to play complete songs by acoustic blues guitar players from Texas and South Carolina - Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscombe, Blind Boy Fuller, Floyd Council.

Floyd Council appears in this compilation because his guitar style is identical to Fuller's and he played second guitar on several of Fuller's recordings.

Each video lesson presents descriptions and demonstrations of technique, chord structure and slow motion demonstration with on-screen guitar tablature. The guitar tabs are also provided as pdf downloads for ease of practice.

The videos are between 15 and 25 minutes long and contain all you need to know to play the songs. This course is ideal for guitar players wanting to explore the world of acoustic blues guitar and also improve their finger picking skills.


Course Curriculum


  Lightnin' Hopkins
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  Floyd Council
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  Mance Lipscombe
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Jim offers an excellent course in acoustic blues. He often begins with a performance clip by the artist, followed by his own performance of the material. He then introduces the chords in the song (e.g. E or E7, A or A7, B7), and then takes the student through detailed tablature. There are a lot of interesting techniques in here: damped bass note, single string runs, double stops, hammer ons, pulls offs, vibrato, bends, held bends, and turnarounds. He offers performance tips on the timing in the singing, the spacing in the notes, and variations. You can play some nice blues songs and strengthen your picking hand if you, as Jim recommends, put yourself into the music!

Paul Dennee

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