Rory Block

Rory Block

This is just the description on the back of the DVD, I have not had time to thoroughly review the complete set. It is not so much slide guitar oriented as I would have liked, but it appears to be a very good instructional video anyway. I will get to this in the next couple of weeks and give you my thoughts.

Rory Block – Delta Blues Guitar Vol I – DVD – Now you can learn the classic guitar styles that influenced countless blues and rock artists, from Muddy Waters to the Rolling Stones. In this video lesson, one of the most knowledgeable and talented exponents of the classic blues style reveals the earthy, hard-driving playing of the Mississippi Delta. Here is the powerfully rhythmic “pounding” style of Charlie Patton, the fingerpicking blues of Tommy Johnson, and the sliding, open-tuned sounds of the great Robert Johnson, made clear through the magic of video. In a short time you’ll be playing great finger-style blues pieces such as “Moon’s Goin’ Down, Patton’s Blues, Crossroads Blues, Travelin’ Blues”. As you learn these powerful songs, you’ll be developing technical skills in the use of regular and open tunings, treble melodies, bass runs, slides, string bending and a variety of amazing pounding and strumming blues techniques. Rory Block – Delta Blues Guitar Vol II – DVD – In this video lesson, Rory Block continues her exploration of the earthy, hard-driving blues of the Mississippi Delta as played by Booker White, Robert Johnson, John Hurt, Charlie Spann, and other great traditional players. She teaches a number of powerful blues songs, including “Fixin’ To Die, Love My Blues Away, Leavin’ Here, When You’ve Got A Good Friend” and “My Train Is Waiting”. As an added treat, Rory strays from the Blues to teach her arrangement of the great English ballad “The Water is Wide”, one of her most requested songs. Each piece is carefully broken down to provide an understanding of the styles and techniques of the blues masters. You’ll be able to see both hands in close-up as you learn open tunings, treble melodies, bass runs, slides, string bending and additional variations on the intros, solos, turnarounds and endings. (60 min) Booklet