Learn to Play An American Classic
Here’s one of America’s best-known and most powerful folk/blues songs, a classic that every aspiring guitarist will want to learn. Happy Traum breaks down the iconic arrangement he learned from the great Dave Van Ronk, with it’s unique descending bass line and ear-catching chord progression. He then develops variations that will teach early-intermediate players much about the guitar fingerboard, along with a variety of picking techniques. Happy deconstructs the arrangement for both new players and those who already have a good handle on their instrument but want to develop new ways to play an old favorite.
Taking this great song to the next level, Happy shows how you can develop a more improvisational approach to building an arrangement. First, you’ll learn to find the melody notes in the first-position chords, using hammer-ons, slides and passing tones - as well as right hand picking variations - to give your playing more depth and style.
You’ll then use movable chords up the neck to bring out the melody of the song in a higher register. By adding different chord shapes, you’ll get more ear-catching sounds from your guitar as you find the notes you need..
The next step will be to learn to use a blues scale to improvise a compelling and interesting lead part. This is a wholly different approach to soloing and will free you up to explore your guitar’s fingerboard possibilities on a new and exciting level.