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Blind Lemon Jefferson

Blind Lemon Jefferson’s distinctive vocals and original, imaginative and inimitable guitar playing not only helped to define the ‘Texas Blues’ style with his influential single note runs, but also made him the first to enjoy major commercial successful blues musician.

Mississippi John Hurt

John Hurt was a self taught guitarist, who was given his first guitar by his mother when he was just nine years old. His playing was developed in near isolation as he rarely left his hometown in the remote town of Avalon, Mississippi.

Reverend Gary Davis

Reverend Gary Davis was a towering figure in the world of fingerstyle guitar. Not only was he an incredibly powerful and diverse player, but was also blessed with a voice that could shake you to your soul.

Lesson 1: Choosing the Right Guitar

The majority of the music presented here is traditionally played on steel-string acoustic as opposed to nylon. The goal when buying any guitar is to get the best instrument for the best value. If money is no object, well, good for you! For the rest of us though, price is something to take into consideration.

Lesson 2 : Fingers and Picks

here are no hard fast rules about how to maintain your nails but there are some things you should be aware of.

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Bob Log III

Utilizing super low tunings his slide playing sounds monstrous, the loose strings combined with his powerful finger picking let him snap and pluck and slide his dirty electric blues in a way that probably shouldn’t be possible.

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Lightnin’ Hopkins

Sam ‘Lightning’ Hopkins was a very influential Texas Blues musician whose songs have inspired everyone from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many points in between.

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