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Old 06-19-2019, 03:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Kerbie View Post
You're right, Tonyo... those links didn't work for me either. Here are Steve James' books and DVDs. The one that reeve21 is referencing is entitled, "Fingerstyle Blues Songbook," and is purplish in color.

Steve's material is excellent. He's a student of the blues and loves teaching it. I really like his books and tabs. I think they are easier to use than most. The book mentioned above comes with a CD with the tunes played both slowly and up to speed. His website also includes some free lessons and tabs.
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Old 06-19-2019, 03:47 AM
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Another site I've found helpful is that of Scott Ainslie. Scott is a wonderful guitarist and vocalist, another student of the genre and loves teaching it to anybody who will listen.

He does Mississippi John Hurt like no other. At his website under, "Music Instructor," is a section on John with eight free tabs. His website is loaded with great stuff for anyone interested in the blues. Here is Scott singing, "Death Don't Have No Mercy." The video doesn't change since it comes from the CD, but the version is excellent... great guitar and vocal.

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Old 06-19-2019, 05:20 AM
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by tonyo View Post
Those links didn't work for me, would you mind posting in text the title and author of each book?

Sorry about that. The Steve James book I like is Fingerstyle Blues Songbook, published by Acoustic Guitar Private Lessons. He has some others, too.

The Dave Rubin book is 12 Bar Fingerstyle Blues, published by Hal Leonard. Like the James book, it also comes with downloadable tracks (which I have not yet used).
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Old 09-25-2019, 04:30 PM
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This guy isnít really s teacher... but kinda. Maybe an entertaining reference or supplement... heís just awesome. Messiahsez on YouTube. Very colorful.
Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Iíve searched the net and get confused on what to learn. I normally just find songs to learn, but most acoustic blues tutorials are scales and riffs. So whatís the best way to get started and what should I concentrate on learning first. Thanks
This guy isnít really s teacher... but kinda. Maybe an entertaining reference or supplement... heís just awesome. Messiahsez on YouTube. Very colorful.
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:38 PM
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If you are writing blues lyrics, it's good to know these rules...

1. Most Blues begin, "Woke up this morning..."

2. "I got a good woman" is a bad way to begin the Blues, unless you stick something nasty in the next line like, "I got a good woman, with the meanest face in town."

3. The Blues is simple. After you get the first line right, repeat it. Then find something that rhymes... sort of: "Got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Yes, I got a good woman with the meanest face in town. Got teeth like Margaret Thatcher, and she weigh 500 pound."

4. The Blues is not about choice. You stuck in a ditch, you stuck in a ditch--ain't no way out.

5. Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don't travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft and company motor pools ain't even in the running. Walkin' plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die.

6. Teenagers can't sing the Blues. They ain't fixin' to die yet. Adults sing the Blues. In Blues, "adulthood" means being old enough to get the electric chair if you shoot a man in Memphis.

7. Blues can take place in New York City but not in Hawaii or any place in Canada. Hard times in Minneapolis or Seattle is probably just clinical depression. Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City are still the best places to have the Blues. You cannot have the blues in any place that don't get rain.

8. A man with male pattern baldness ain't the blues. A woman with male pattern baldness is. Breaking your leg cause you were skiing is not the blues. Breaking your leg 'cause a alligator be chompin' on it is.

9. You can't have no Blues in a office or a shopping mall. The lighting is wrong. Go outside to the parking lot or sit by the dumpster.

10. Good places for the Blues:
a. Highway
b. Jailhouse
c. An empty bed
d. Bottom of a whiskey glass

11. Bad places for the Blues:
a. Nordstrom's
b. Gallery openings
c. Ivy league institutions
d. Golf courses

12. No one will believe it's the Blues if you wear a suit, 'less you happen to be a old ethnic person, and you slept in it.

13. You have the right to sing the Blues if:
a. You older than dirt
b. You blind
c. You shot a man in Memphis
d. You can't be satisfied

14. You don't have the right to sing the Blues if:
a. You have all your teeth
b. You were once blind but now can see
c. The man in Memphis lived
d. You have a pension fund

15. Blues is not a matter of color. It's a matter of bad luck. Tiger Woods cannot sing the blues. Sonny Liston could. Ugly white people also got a leg up on the blues.

16. If you ask for water and your darlin' give you gasoline, it's the Blues

17. Other acceptable Blues beverages are:
a. Cheap wine
b. Whiskey or bourbon
c. Muddy water
d. Nasty black coffee

18. The following are NOT Blues beverages:
a. Perrier
b. Chardonnay
c. Snapple
d. Slim Fast

19. If death occurs in a cheap motel or a shotgun shack, it's a Blues death. Stabbed in the back by a jealous lover is another Blues way to die. So is the electric chair, substance abuse and dying lonely on a broke-down cot. You can't have a Blues death if you die during a tennis match or while getting liposuction.

20. Some Blues names for women:
a. Sadie
b. Big Mama
c. Bessie
d. Fat River Dumpling

21. Some Blues names for men:
a. Joe
b. Willie
c. Little Willie
d. Big Willie

22. Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Debbie, and Heather can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.

23. Make your own Blues name Starter Kit: a. name of physical infirmity (Blind, Cripple, Lame, etc.) b. first name (see above) plus name of fruit (Lemon, Lime, Melon, Kiwi, etc.) c. last name of President (Jefferson, Johnson, Fillmore, etc.) For example: Blind Lime Jefferson, Jackleg Lemon Johnson or Cripple Kiwi Fillmore, etc. (Well, maybe not "Kiwi.")

24. I don't care how tragic your life: if you own even one computer, you cannot sing the blues.

I've seen this piece posted a number of places around the's obviously meant to be purely humorous and I get a chuckle out of it every time I read it....

I also get a laugh every time someone will seriously critique one comment or another...

Subtle humor is lost on some folks...

Carry on!
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Old 09-26-2019, 07:52 AM
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The blues came about by uneducated people making sounds from bad instruments. They made sounds of the way they felt. So do that.
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