Create fingerstyle blues instrumentals, from Delta swamp to Piedmont bounce, and transform your guitar arrangements with new ideas and thrilling sounds! Al Petteway, one of our most musically inventive guitarists, teaches you six original tunes, each highlighting a different rhythmic and melodic feel and utilizing the unique qualities that DADGAD tuning offers.
It's Only the Blues employs a steady “dead thumb” bass with lots of slinky licks - a very swampy sound based on a Hendrix idea.
Octave Jam imitates a 12-string as played by Leadbelly, using parallel octaves, plucking and snapping the strings for a grooving bass pattern.
Darling Cory brings bluegrass harmonies to the blues as you play the haunting melody in parallel 5ths while keeping the bass moving.
Sweet Potato Fries combines the sounds of Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy, while Walking Stick and It's Good To Be Back Home simulate the alternate-bass Piedmont blues styles of Doc Watson and Etta Baker.
This lesson will open up exciting new possibilities and musical explorations for guitarists at all levels.