St. James Infirmary Blues

Adam Traum

A Download-Only Homespun Single Lesson

14 Minutes, includes Tab Booklet
  • Code:DLADASJ21
  • Skill Level:Intermediate (4)
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The “Saint James Infirmary Blues,” also known as the “Gambler’s Blues,” is an eight-bar, minor blues New Orleans classic. It was originally made famous by Louis Armstrong but has since been performed by countless other blues, jazz, folk and rock artists. In this Homespun single-song lesson, guitarist Adam Traum discovers some suprising ways to make this great song come newly alive.

Adam starts with a chord-melody instrumental break using some cool, jazzy chord shapes that move up and down the neck. He plays and sings through the version most commonly-heard progression, then shows moving bass lines and chords that will expand your musical vocabulary. You'll then learn to play a single-note solo of the melody with a minor scale fill that can be applied to any number of minor key songs and also works as a powerful technique-building exercise.

This short lesson teaches a great old song, played in a new way, that be an engaging addition to any aspiring picker's repertoire. 


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