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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  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.
by Brother John  July 22, 2007 10:51 am

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.