The Blues Guitar of Hubert Sumlin

Hubert Sumlin
60-minute video, includes tab on pdf file

With Levon Helm, David Johansen, Jimmy Vivino, Mike Merritt

  • Code:DLSUMGT21
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

Take a lesson from the man who played guitar in Howlin' Wolf's band for more than twenty-five years! Hubert Sumlin's unique guitar lines became an integral part of the Wolf sound, and his spare, sharp-edged solos can be heard on dozens of classic recordings.

On this fascinating lesson, Hubert Sumlin discusses his style, technique and influences with guitarist Jimmy Vivino of the Conan O'Brien Band. Backed-up by a stellar rhythm session -- Jimmy on second guitar, Levon Helm (The Band) on drums and Michael Merritt (Conan O'Brien Band) on bass -- Hubert plays through some of his favorite Wolf tunes, including Smokestack Lightning, Forty Four, Killing Floor, Going Down Slow, Hidden Charms, Little Red Rooster and others. David Johansen (aka Buster Poindexter) sits in, providing powerful vocals to these timeless blues tunes.

Hubert is a fingerstyle player, and he discusses his traditional, Mississippi-based blues style (his first great influence was Charlie Patton) on both acoustic and electric guitars. You'll learn the licks that defined a musical era as he slows down some of his trademark solos and lead lines for blues enthusiasts and learning guitarists everywhere.


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