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Blues and Ragtime Fingerstyle Guitar

By Dave Van Ronk

Guitar (fingerpicking) - Intermediate
Composed by Dave Van Ronk. Saddle-stitched, Style, Ragtime, Solos. Grossman Audio. Blues. Book/3-CD set. 32 pages. Grossman's Guitar Workshop #99470BCD. Published by Grossman's Guitar Workshop (MB.99470BCD).

Item Number: MB.99470BCD

ISBN 9780786659272. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

In these lessons for the intermediate fingerstyle guitarist Dave Van Ronk presents his arrangements of blues and a classic rag. The book includes a conversation with Dave, a discography, 6 tunes in notation and tablature, and 3 CDs teaching each tune phrase by phrase. LESSON ONE: A blues in 12/8 with Leroy Carr's Midnight Hour Blues. Blood Red Moon follows played in a dropped D tuning. The lesson ends with Blind Lemon Jefferson's One Kind Favor. LESSON TWO: Sunday Street is an original Dave Van Ronk song and is an excellent example of Dave's arranging skills. Four choruses are taught demonstrating how this tune can develop. Bessie Smith's classic blues You've Been A Good Old Wagon is taught in the key of E. LESSON THREE: Dave's arrangement of St. Louis Tickle was the first great challenge for fingerpickers interested in classic ragtime. This four sectioned rag is played in the keys of C and F. It is an excellent example of contemporary ragtime guitar.

  • Midnight Hour Blues  Performed by L. Carr
  • St. Louis Tickle  Performed by Smith & Balcom
  • Sunday Street  Performed by Dave Van Ronk
  • One Kind Favor 
  • Blood Red Moon  Performed by Dave Van Ronk
  • You've Been a Good Old Wagon  Performed by J. Henry

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  • 5

    phil richardson
    tasmania ,australia
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  • October 05, 2003 Brilliant

    never heard of dave van ronk before this but I am glad i took a punt on this one. All the pieces in the book are excellent and the cd,s make learning that much more enjoyable its like having dave in the room.

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  • February 22, 2003 finally transcribed

    faithful to the original "sportin life" has confounded me for years and as usual Dave phrasing is right on the money surprising less difficult than ever I had imagined easily worth the 25 bucks I'm goning to buy the other one as soon as the wife ain't lookin

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