The Guitar Style of Richie Havens

Richie Havens
One 85-minute video, includes tablature on pdf file
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  • Code:DLHAVGT21
  • Skill Level:Near-Beginner (2)

The late Richie Havens was a rare performer who transcended genre, style and category. His distinctive guitar sound, rich voice and compelling arrangements of folk, blues and rock classics enthralled millions throughout his long and successful career.

This instructive and thoroughly entertaining lesson provides invaluable insights into guitar playing, song arranging and performing, and offers exciting challenges for all guitarists. Richie Havens teaches some of his best-known songs, breaking down his matchless arrangements and detailing the open tunings, unconventional fretting style and amazing rhythmic strumming techniques for which he is internationally famous. He provides innumerable ideas that you can use for developing guitar sounds and arrangements of your own.

In addition to improving your guitar skills, you'll see sensational performances of the well-known songs he teaches: Just Like A Woman, God Bless The Child, Paradise Is A Hard Place To Find, San Francisco Bay Blues, What About Me, High Flying Bird, Things I Used To Do  and  Here Comes The Sun. You'll hear stories about his days as a young doo-wop singer in Brooklyn, his life-changing introduction to the Greenwich Village folk scene of the Sixties, and his insightful thoughts and approach to the music that bears his indelible mark.


"...believe me - when he "covers" James Taylor ("Fire and Rain"), The Beatles ("Here Comes the Sun") or Bob Dylan ("Just Like a Woman"), Havens reveals a whole new soul within the songs.... A wonderful instructional program from a master guitarist, this is highly recommended. Editor's Choice." -- Video Librarian


John Calve 10 months, 4 weeks ago

Love this DVD, 5-stars. I bought this some years ago after I read Allan Holdsworth’s praise of Richie Haven's musical strumming style. I love the songs on the DVD, and his strumming style is unique and inventive and not easy to replicate even for someone who is skilled at playing guitar. He plays in a dropped tuning, with his chords and voice - his covers are amazing. Highly recommended for advanced guitar players too.

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