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by Brother John  December 12, 2008 11:20 pm

Come and join the webs most hands on video tuition website. Here you can learn all there is to know about acoustic fingerstyle guitar with renowned guitar teacher Brother John from The Blues Preachers.

Connect with the roots and source of modern blues and contemporary music, by going back to the sounds and techniques of Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Willie Johnson, Robert Johnson, Lightning Hopkins, Son House, Doc Watson and many others.

by Brother John  December 1, 2008 10:25 am

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The Alternating Bass Style as performed by THE BLUES PREACHERS.
This new version is fully type set and optimized for Adobe Acrobat Reader X

It includes “Divine Justice Coming Down”
Chosen by Yoko Ono as runner-up in the John Lennon 70th. anniversary song writing contest.
The accompaniment, intro, outro and both slide solos have been transcribed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzh9ULTM1e0

A total of 13 tracks transcribed from their highly acclaimed albums:
‘Next Stop Beulah Land’, ‘Dry Long So’ and ‘Dead Catz Can Bounce’

Includes TAB for songs by Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Robert Wilkins, Blind Willie Johnson, Blind Blake and more.

Each page contains an embedded audio file. Click on the speaker icon to hear the track as you read the TAB.

Just $10 (USD)

 

by Brother John  April 15, 2010 11:12 am

‘DEAD CATZ CAN BOUNCE’

The Blues Preachers continue their blues and roots musical journey with their latest release: ‘Dead Catz Can Bounce’.
Unlike their previous releases, this album contains 7 original songs about the big issues of today: the global financial crisis, greed, relationships, global warming, materialism, life and death and the search for truth and meaning in the great age of misinformation.
Featuring ‘Divine Justice Coming Down’ a song about the Global Financial Crisis that was highly acclaimed and nominated in both the Australian Songwriting Awards (ASA) and The Independent Music Awards (IMA).

The Blues Preachers merchandise is available at all good record stores
& is distributed Australia wide by
Only Blues Music.

CD’s are also available for purchase online
and will be shipped to your door.
The Blues Preachers Music Store
Or purchase and download directly at
THE iTUNES MUSIC STORE

NEW RELEASE : Digital Four Track  EP available for immediate download at bandcamp.

‘Divine Justice Coming Down’ is an honest and confronting account of the Global Financial Crisis. We see many parallels here between the GFC and the 1929 Great Depression.
‘The Free Train Agreement
‘ about the things in life which are free and uncontrolled by governments and corporations. Get On Board.
‘Arrivals & Departures
‘ paints a beautiful picture of the cycle of human life. People arriving and departing the planet.
‘Dead Catz Can Bounce’
Rich Man Poor Man.  Losing your money’s bad but losing your soul is worse.

by Brother John  June 3, 2009 2:03 pm

This E-Book contains a number of picking patterns in the alternating bass style for beginners as well as some basic strumming patterns. While you are reading the TAB, click the speaker icon on each page to listen to how they should sound.

$3 (USD)

by Brother John  December 12, 2008 10:56 pm

The Blues Preachers, Brother John and Captain Bluetongue, perform their version of Blind Willie Johnson’s Need Somebody On Your Bond as featured in The Blues Preachers E-book.

by Brother John  October 29, 2007 10:27 pm

Brother John and Captain Bluetongue from the Blues Preachers play their version of Blind Arthur Blake’s Wabash Rag.

by Brother John  August 13, 2007 10:36 pm

Turlough O’Carolan was born in 1670 in County Meath and died March 1738 at the home of his patron Mrs. MacDermott Roe in County Roscommon. He was a blind Irish harper, composer and singer whose great fame is due to his gift for melodic composition. He was the last great Irish harper-composer and is considered by many to be Ireland’s national composer. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia). To put it simply, O’Carolan wrote amazing melodies for the celtic harp that work beautifully when arranged for fingerstyle guitar. One such piece is included here: Sheebeg and Sheemore. Stay tuned …. more is on the way.

by Brother John  August 2, 2007 9:33 am

“The blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits” Willie Dixon

“If the blues is an ocean, and that ocean is condensed down to a lake, and that lake is condensed down to a river, and that river is condensed down to a stream, and that stream is condensed down to a puddle, and that puddle is condensed down to a glass, and that glass is condensed down to a drop. That drop would be Son House.” From Bill Wyman’s Blues Odyssey

“Wider than the heavens is my fame…I am the best as regards the power of my fingers…nobody will ever be found to match me.” Turlough O’Carolan

by Brother John  July 29, 2007 10:43 am
  1. Do not buy a Dreadnought. This type of acoustic guitar tends to produce a boomy bottom end but lacks volume and definition in the top end. The Dreadnought is a great strumming and flat picking guitar.
  2. Do buy an Auditorium, OM (orchestra model), triple O (OOO) or double O (OO) style guitar. These guitars produce an even or balanced response across all six strings. This is preferable for finger picking and slide playing. Obviously we would not want the bass part of the alternating or monotonic bass style to overshadow and drown out the melody part on the treble strings. The dreadnought would have a bass response that would need serious attenuation by heavily muting with the heel of the right hand. The guitars used in all the videos on this site are triple O (OOO) style guitars made by Gerard Gilet at Gilet Guitars in Sydney Australia.
  3. The top of your new guitar must be made of solid timber, usually spruce. It must have grain lines that are tight and straight and run parallel to the strings.