The encyclopedia of the blues Stefan Grossman has once again given a great gift to the world of fingerstyle blues and made available some radio shows which he recorded in the 70’s and early 80’s. These are available for free on his site Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop.

The story of fingerpicking guitar styles and techniques was born in the southern states of America. Black musicians shaped and developed this approach. The sounds and ideas varied greatly from the rough rhythmic approach of the Mississippi Delta to the piano sounding guitar of Blind Blake. It is very important for guitar students to have a good understanding of blues guitar in order to develop their fingerpicking abilities. Country Blues Guitar Workshop was put together to give the guitar student a panorama of the techniques and styles that were developed, explored and recorded during the 1920’s – 1940’s.
Stefan Grossman

For anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of the history of the blues, learn about the techniques of the most innovative and important players of the era, or just listen to some great music performed by the masters, this series cannot be missed.

Direct Links to the artists covered:

Show #1: Charley Patton

Show #2: Son House

Show #3: Skip James

Show #4: Tommy Johnson

Show #5: Robert Johnson

Show #6: Bukka White

Show #7: Mississippi John Hurt

Show #8: Muddy Waters

Show #9: Lonnie Johnson

Show #10: Blind Lemon Jefferson

Show #11: Blind Willie Johnson

Show #12: Lightnin’ Hopkins

Show #13: Barbecue Bob/Charlie Lincoln/Willie Baker

Show #14: Blind Willie McTell

Show #15: Blind Blake

Show #16: Big Bill Broonzy

Show #17: Blind Boy Fuller/Reverend Gary Davis

Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop