Fingerstyle blues guitar, in the styles of Mississippi John Hurt, Jorma Kaukonen, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Merle Travis, Dave van Ronk, and others. Topics covered will include right hand fundamentals, such as alternate-bass technique, Delta-style drones, palm muting, and exercises to create effortless dexterity, syncopations and strong grooves. Left-hand issues range from basic chord concepts to sophisticated jazz and ragtime chord substitutions, moving bass lines, “guide tones”, etc, w/ emphasis on creating your own licks, turnarounds and variations within the style.
All levels welcome, but many ideas will be geared to the evolved player. Many worksheets will get handed out, with exercises, TAB transcriptions, chord fingerings, etc… enough to keep you busy for many months afterwards!, Participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop.
About Paul Asbell:
Paul has performed and recorded with numerous legends of blues, jazz, and folk, including Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, John Lee Hooker, David Bromberg, Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Betty Carter, James Carter, Sonny Stitt, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Joshua Redman, Paul Siebel, Rosalie Sorrels, Mary McCaslin, former student Trey Anastasio, and countless others.
He has taught guitar for over 35 years, at Dartmouth College, St. Michaels College, Skidmore College, and presently teaches at University of Vermont and Middlebury College. Paul’s acoustic CD’s have received glowing reviews from Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Vintage Guitar, Sing Out!, and Downbeat.