Acoustic Blues Guitar Styles
Routledge – 2007 – 65 pages
Acoustic Blues Guitar Styles is an introduction to fingerstyle acoustic blues guitar, the style made popular by Robert Johnson, Bill Broonzy, and Mance Lipscomb. Following the success of the popular Acoustic Guitar Styles, Larry Sandberg’s Acoustic Blues Guitar Styles is an instructional book geared towards the intermediate guitar player, not only to teach fingerstyle blues technique, but also to approach the music creatively and with feeling and rhythm.
Part One teaches you the preliminaries, such as reading a chord chart and working out a 12-bar blues in different keys. Part Two teaches you touch, timing, and basic fingerpicking technique. Part Three teaches you how to play stylistically, with lessons on how to incorporate bends, vibrato, alternating bassnotes, and rhythmic variations into your playing. All musical exercises are presented in both standard notation and tablature, and are supported by audio tracks in the accompanying compact disc.
"Acoustic Blues also serves as a reminder to players of all levels on just how influential this style of guitar work has been: From the great Delta strains of Robert Johnson to the early work of Bob Dylan to the modern cadences that San Francisco's Roy Rogers carves out of time, the acoustic blues has been at the center of American music-driving its backbeat, building its delicate histories. Here, Larry Sandberg, through his careful instruction and clear-minded narrative, insures that new generations of aspiring guitar players will carry-on thesetimeless traditions of guitar-picking in perpetuity." -John Aiello, The Electric Review
Part 1 Preliminaries how to use this book, the twelve-bar rules form, reading chord charts and playing in different keys Part 2 Touching and Timing, Tracks 1-28 Part 3 Playing the blues Tracks 29-40 Recommended listening
Larry Sandberg has taught guitar for over 40 years; he currently teaches at the Denver Folklore Center, University of Colorado extension school, and privately. He is the author of several best-selling guitar books, including The Acoustic Guitar Guide and Acoustic Guitar Styles.