Fingerpicking Hank Williams
'The songs of Hank Williams and Travis-style picking seem to be made for each other and in this course you'll learn swing chords, bluesy licks, walking basses, double stops, improvised single string lines and how to add 'tinsel' to any basic melody. What could be more fun then learning some timeless Hank Williams songs while at the same time increasing your fingerpicking skills, expanding your knowledge of the fretboard and adding some exciting, cool licks to your tool box. By the end of this weekend you'll have five iconic country songs added to your repertoire and the ability to apply what you learned to many other songs that you already know.'
Bottle Neck Slide
This course is designed for proficient fingerstyle players who have never played slide as well as those who want to expand their slide playing into new and exciting areas. You will learn techniques for proper intonation, damping, fretting and sliding at the same time. You'll also become familiar with behind the slide licks, open tunings, bass runs, percussive slapping and snapping techniques, WAY cool turnarounds and hot licks. You will then add these exciting techniques to songs from Blind Willie Johnson, Muddy Waters, Blind Willie McTell and many others. Toby studied the Bentonia (Skip James) style from the late Mississippian blues great Jack Owens, a resident of Bentonia and friend of Skip. Their techniques will be incorporated as well.
Fingerstyle and Country Blues Improvisation
Expand any song's apparent boundaries by adding your own finger style solos. In this workshop you will study blues scales and hot licks and how these may be combined with very simple bass lines. This will provide exciting new dimension and flexibility. You'll be quickly applying these ideas to everything you play.Anchor
About Toby Walker
Little Toby Walker brings forth a combination of raw southern-delta and North-Carolina-Piedmont-inspired blues, as diversely influenced by 1960's rock-and-roll as by traditional southern blues and mountain music. Walker has the uncanny ability to play Travis style bass lines and sizzling lead guitar licks simultaneously, giving the listener the impression that they are hearing two guitars. Walker's wealth of knowledge is also derived from travels to the deep south for study with many old time blues musicians. Blues Revue calls his guitar playing inspired. "His fingerpicking is as intricate as any linen finery... A pinch of Piedmont, a dash of Delta, a solid Chicago undercurrent minus the amplification but not the electricity - A brilliant, remarkable guitarist who has mastered everyone from Blind Blake to Buddy Guy. Bob Margolin says "I am stunned and in awe of Toby Walker's pickin'! Not only does he master diverse blues styles, but plays them with both flash and depth." Winning the prestigious 2002 International Blues Challenge Award, Little Toby Walker is now endorsed by Martin Guitars, National Reso-phonic Guitars and John Pearse Strings www.littletobywalker.comAnchor