Rev. Gary Davis: Old Fashion Picking to Rags and Marches
Rev. Gary Davis had a repertoire that spanned over a wide variety of techniques and styles. He soaked up all the music genres that appeared in his lifetime. From learning how to play Candyman, Cocaine Blues and Delia in 1905 to imitating the piano ragtime craze to guitar to playing pop tunes from the 1920s and blues from the 1930s. In our workshop we will learn, discuss and explore his many guitar ideas. Various exercises will be presented to help give you control of Rev. Davis's thumb/index picking technique and his rhythmic pattern. You'll hear lots of great tunes.
I'll be mailing out a CDR of tunes that I would like you absorb a month before our workshop. A tab/music booklet will be supplied with all the material we will study. You are encouraged to audio record our sessions as we will be covering lots and lots of great music.Anchor
About Stefan Grossman
Beginning in his teens, Stefen Grossman was a student of the legendary Rev.Gary Davis. After studying with Davis for eight years in high school and college, he learned and studied with other country blues guitarists: Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James, Mance Lipscomb, and Fred McDowell. Other early influences included Elizabeth Cotten, Sam McGee, Willie Brown, and Charley Patton. In the early 1960s, Grossman formed the Even Dozen Jug Band and worked with the political rock band the Fugs.
Grossman's solo discography goes all the back to 1966, when he recorded How to Play Blues Guitar for Elektra Records. Since the early 1980s he has toured infrequently, but recorded extensively. Grossman concentrates his efforts these days on running his instructional video business, Vestapol Videos, which feature guitarists from Merle Travis and Chet Atkins to Dave Van Ronk and Brownie McGhee. www.stefangrossman.comAnchor