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Country Blues

Early country blues masters such as Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy or the Reverend Gary Davis developed fantastic guitar styles that incorporated tight rhythms, alternating bass/bass runs, melodic lines and syncopation. Much of the sublty, drive, and rhythmic power they achieve in their music is rooted in their right hand techniques.

Celtic/World

Celtic music on guitar lends itself nicely to alternate tunings and beautiful finger picking melodies. The tune below, sheebeg and sheemore, was written by the legendary 17 century Irish harpist Turlough O’Carolan.

Traditional Scottish / Irish fiddle tunes

Scottish and Irish music derives largely from traditional melodic instruments including fiddles and bagpipes. A finger style approach with the right hand providing bass and similtaneous melodic lines results in satisfying solo guitar arrangements. The examples below are the Irish fiddle tune, Swallowtail Reel and the Scottish bagpipe tune, the Black Isle.

 

 

 

Latin American – numerous styles with many influences including use of nylon string guitar. Bossa Nova emerged in 1950s – very laid back swaying rhythm, influenced by classical technique and jazz harmony. Classic repertoire of songs and instrumental guitar solos.

Classical crossover –  your not planning to attend the royal consevatoire or practice for 8 hours a day. Fine – many people have an interest and the ability to learn classical guitar

Folk

Strumming/ picking patterns to accompany singers or back up other musicians. Instrumental-  arrangements for guitar solo and playing with others.

Jazz – I focus on music/tunes from the great American song book and arrange them for solo guitar. Also teach jazz chord accompaniment for big band and gypsy jazz

Pop

Blues – acoustic delta blues, Lightnin Hopkins, Robert Johnson

Similarly achieving an authentic and professional guitar playing approach to whatever style interests you, be it in Folk, Country, Latin American and many other genres is largely dependant on understanding and developing the specific right hand techniques which lie at the heart of each style.

 

Country Blues, early traditional African American. Classic recordings from late 1920s – 1950s. Early country blues masters – Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy,  Reverend Gary Davis – developed fantastic guitar styles that incorporated tight rhythms, alternating bass/bass runs, melodic lines and syncopation. Much of the sublty, drive, and rhythmic power they achieve in their music is rooted in their right hand techniques. 

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