Blues Instruction

Discussion in 'Gretsch "Roots" Acoustic Forum' started by rake_ether, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. rake_ether

    rake_ether Gretschie

    Aug 24, 2019
    Athens, GA USA
    Now that I've got this lovely girl I'm raring to start learning some Delta Blues, slide, and any other slow, swampy styles. For those of you playing that style what online course or instructor would you recommend? A few that I've looked at include the Blues Guitar Institute, the Rev. Robert B. Jones (through TrueFire), and Justin Johnson (love, love, love his playing).
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  2. Teledriver

    Teledriver Gretschie

    Feb 12, 2011
    Iowa City, IA
    I'm watching this post. Have dabbled in slide, and have always loved/played the blues, but never really explored the stuff out there for instruction. I know for sure I have some habits that should be corrected (for both me sounding better and playing better). Yes, please post some stuff, fellow forum Gretsch folk.
  3. dougmon

    dougmon Synchromatic

    Jan 9, 2013
    This is the website of Tom Feldmann -- I've only seen his Blind Willie Johnson and Charlie Patton videos, but I believe he really knows what he's doing.
  4. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Synchromatic

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    I'm watching this one too, starting to get into the blues.
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  5. Runamok

    Runamok Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    Does Gretsch & blues go together all that often?
    I only rarely see a video with a real blues player playing Gretsch. That may be misperception, though.

    Seen Robert Jones play live at a festival quite a few years ago (20?) Unfortunately, not a lot of his recordings available. His “Driving Miss Daisy” is a personal favorite (I have it on cassette, remember those?) I would think he’d be good.

    Tom’s voice has really developed, imo. He’s turned into a confident singer.
    Seen him play live. His playing is very good. Got a new album abt to be released. There are snippets of his instruction on youtube. He throws off some good ones.

    Doug Macleod, who won another acoustic blues award this year.
    He seems to gravitate toward several Nationals & Waterloo. Plays almost exclusively originals. Monster. Everything, blues or not — is wrapped in fingerstyle & slide blues.

    Jorma isn’t strictly blues, but his acoustic work excellent. I’ve never been a fan of electric Tuna once you go beyond a 3 pc combo. Look for a sampler of his lessons on youtube. See his Quarantine shows via youtube.

    Guess it depends what you mean by “getting into blues.”
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  6. Runamok

    Runamok Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    Who’s in your playlist?
  7. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Gretsch and blues goes together just fine. I'm a blues player, @nickurso is a fine blues player and @TSims1 plays real bluesy too
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  8. TSims1

    TSims1 Gretschified

    Jun 18, 2013
    A Gretsch guitar is not a STYLE, it's a VOICE. You can make it speak any language you want, if you know how. :)
  9. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    This man here was the root for me. I heard all the main electric guys first but old Fred grabbed my soul like no other.
  10. Runamok

    Runamok Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    Far be it for me to speak for the whole shebang (technical term).
    I sure don’t want to stem the enthusiasm of the OP. Awesome that he has a new toy & direction.

    I concur that there’s a voice. (My only Gretsch is a reso-acoustic).
    I’m trying to open this up. It feels like 85% of everything on the site is aimed at electric guitars.

    My observation concerns acoustic blues, based on the ghost town Roots Forum. There are few mentions of resonators, certainly.

    Aside to Wildeman: Fred MacDowell, one of the PINKY finger slide players... (duh. I botched that). On electric. (Never seen him live, but could swear I’ve seen videos of him playing slide on ring finger). Little known fact: Fred MacDowell had 6 fingers, so what a “ring finger” is, might be up for debate. :cool:
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  11. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Well versed in reso's, here's a few of mine 20200512_174939-1.jpg if you're looking for reso players that strictly play budget Gretsch guitars, they may be hard to find. Hound dog Taylor is the one with six fingers.
  12. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    Agreed. @TSims1 100% agree
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  13. Runamok

    Runamok Gretschie

    Aug 25, 2017
    USA midwest
    OP decision remains to be heard.
    I think the songs one listens to may be crucial to instructional choices.

    Fingers: They used to trade them like baseball cards.

    I think I going to have my pinky replaced with a glass slide.
    Still deciding which hand.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2020
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  14. larryr

    larryr Gretschie

    Mar 6, 2012
    Camarillo, Ca.
    So very well said!
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  15. GHook

    GHook Gretschie

    Sep 3, 2010
    I'm no where near the Blues player I want to be Corvette sounds great, Gretsch Lap was amazing and the Honey Dripper and Boxcar are Blues instruments. My latest inspiration is Justin Johnson. He is a Swamp Blues guy out of Nashville.
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  16. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    For intermediate to advanced blues these 2 youtube teachers are my favourites

    Texas Blues Alley

    Corey Congilio

    For beginner to intermediate I like Stich Method

    and Steve Stine
  17. lathoto

    lathoto Gretschie

    Apr 23, 2020
    You can't learn blues, you have to live them.
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  18. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    If you're gonna learn the Blues, you've really gotta learn it from an old black man sitting on the back porch of his house.
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  19. Robbie

    Robbie Friend of Fred

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
    The Blues are in your head and heart...not in your guitar.
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