Four Songs by Blind Blake
Blind Blake was a fingerstyle blues and ragtime guitarist of unparalleled virtuosity and musical dexterity, a hugely influential force on both his contemporaries (including Rev. Gary Davis) and a large cohort of acoustic blues and ragtime revivalist players.
Learning the songs of Blind Blake is a challenge even for the most experienced country blues pickers, but guitarist/teacher Rainer Brunn breaks them down in a way that makes them accessible to any intermediate fingerstyle guitarist.
In his communicative, concise style, Rainer teaches his interpretations of four unique Blake songs: Hard Pushing Papa (G), Poker Woman Blues (C), Rope Stretching Blues (Am) and Bad Feeling Blues (dropped D). He expertly breaks each of them down, detailing the complex elements that make Blake’s style so infectious and compelling: ear-catching licks and runs, contrapuntal lines, unusual chord inversions, cool turnarounds and complex right-hand picking techniques. Each song highlights the specific sounds you can get in different keys on the guitar, with their own flavors and chord shapes.
These powerful blues and ragtime songs will keep you busy for hours. So warm up your fingers, grab a capo and get ready to learn some great new material taught by a master. Rainer’s lessons are guaranteed to expand your melodic horizons!