Delta blues is one of the earliest styles of blues music. Created by black musicians who lived and worked on the farms in north Mississippi, these men and women drew on influences from church songs, prison songs, African rhythms, and early American folk traditions to fashion a new form of music. Unbeknownst to them, the music created in this relatively small area that lies between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers would spread the world over and shape musical history.
Ruben Dobbs will walk you through step by step in this instructional video on how to play the delta blues. Mr. Dobbs is an accomplished song writer and recording artist. Ruben has been teaching guitar since age 17 and has been playing delta blues since age 13. In this video he uses his years of teaching experience to give you the tools to play traditional delta blues or to simply acquire new tools to improve yourself as a musician. Ruben takes you from entry level skills to advanced lessons on slide guitar and explains all in explicit detail. Take an educational journey in to the music style that influenced THE WHITE STRIPES, ERIC CLAPTON, LED ZEPPLEN, THE BLACK KEYS and JIMI HENDRIX. This is the same music style played by ROBERT JOHNSON, SON HOUSE and BUKKA WHITE. This is the delta blues as taught by Ruben Dobbs.
Learn the traditional country blues guitar styles that influenced generations of players. Rory Block, one of the most knowledgeable and talented exponents of the classic blues style, teaches the earthy, hard-driving playing of the Mississippi Delta. For intermediate-level players.
Visit with living legend Edwards, on of the last links to the classic Delta blues of the 1920s and 30s. He imparts wisdom and wit while reminiscing about his life and friends, including Robert Johnson. Included are detailed demos and thrilling performances of solo country blues, slide and lead guitar, boogie bass lines, and more, with a detailed booklet of key musical examples.
Classic Delta Blues collects 12 cuts Big Joe Williams cut in 1964. For these recordings, he played a standard six-string guitars instead of hauling out his custom nine-string and the effects are pleasant, but not revelatory.–by Thom Owens