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.
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.
“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
Brother John presents a classic blues in A based on the playing of Robert Johnson.
This arrangement is in the monotonic bass style. It also has some syncopated and walking bass notes.
An introduction to slide guitar by Brother John explaining 2 ways of playing bottleneck slide guitar.
1. Single note style with right hand muting.
2. Used in conjuction with the alternating bass style where the slide plays mainly on the first string.
A simple version of Blind Willie Johnson’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine is used to demonstrate this approach.
The Blues Preachers new CD “Next Stop Beulah Land” featuring Brother John Morris on fingerstyle guitar, slide guitar and vocals with Doug Bluetongue Lyons on harmonica and vocals is available for purchase now.
“The new album (Next Stop Beulah Land) is a beautiful example of acoustic blues with tasteful harmonica, classic slide playing & sweet harmonies
… this is bound to do well”.
Scott Levi ABC Central Coast Radio.
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An introduction to the Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar studio by Brother John Morris. Today we are looking at the alternating bass style as played by Mississippi John Hurt and featured in his song Louis Collins.
A tuition video featuring Pay Day by Mississippi John Hurt and played by Brother John Morris. It is in the alternating bass fingerpicking style. Pay Day is in open D tuning (DADF#AD). The bass in this song alternates constantly between the 6th and the 4th strings. There are no chord changes. This piece is a good example of the power and beauty in the simplicity of a melody supported by a D drone.