The Total Blues Guitarist is an exciting journey through the diverse world of blues guitar. Start with simple blues progressions and end up playing licks in the styles of greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, B. B. King, and Bonnie Raitt. This book is filled with scales, chords, riffs, and tunes in many different blues styles including funk blues, jazz blues, and modal blues. Whether you are just beginning or have already started your blues guitar journey, this is the one place to get everything you need. A CD with backing tracks to jam over is included.
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, this is the impeccably researched history of two immigrant brothers and the blues label they built in Chicago. 16-page photo insert.
B.B. King is a national treasure. For more than five decades, he has been the consummate blues performer. His unique guitar playing, powerful vocals, and repertoire of songs have taken him from tiny Itta Bena, Mississippi, to worldwide renown. In this comprehensive volume, the best articles, interviews and reviews about B.B. King's life and career have been gathered. Learn how he first made his mark as a disc jockey in Memphis hawking "Pepticon" elixir and taking the moniker of the "Beale Street Blues Boy"; trace his early tours and recordings; see him be swept up in the blues revival; and finally, enjoy his fame as the greatest living exponent of the blues style.
What do Muddy Waters, Earl Scruggs, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Mose Allison have in common? Or Guy Clark, Fats Domino, Roy Buchanan, and Janis Joplin? The answer lies in the pages of photographs taken by veteran photographer Burton Wilson of Austin. The book is a collection of more than two hundred black and white photos of the American music scene made by Burton from 1965 to 1994. Burton Wilson became interested in jazz and blues while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1930s. After training under internationally known photographer Russell Lee, he began to chronicle music visually. In 1970 Eddie Wilson, founder of the now-legendary Amadillo World Headquarters, said to Burton, "Just tell anybody that asks that you own the place. That way, you'll never need a backstage pass." Burton became the house photographer. It was an extraordinary time in music, when the old guard of blues legends and the younger generations of rock-n-roll musicians inspired by them came together. It was a time when talents such as Willie Nelson sought an alternative to Nashville and found it in Austin, Texas, launching the progressive-country movement. Rather than taking photos of "stars," Burton documented musicians and performers, some of whom happened to be or became famous. The results are authoritative, intimate, and honest images of a trusted insider. For those who were there, this book will remind them of how it really was. For those who weren't, these photographs are the next best thing.
Blues Tracks is the most effective learning tool you will ever use. There are over 30 tunes that range from simple to complex, all in the style of seminal blues artists like Big Bill Broonzy, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, and many others. Lead sheets include tips and scales, and the accompaniment audio tracks are long enough to let you stretch out and experiment as your chops develop. The scales shown in standard music notation, TAB, and guitar-neck diagrams. This book and MP3 CD is the perfect way for you to make the most out of your practice time and seriously advance your improvisational skills.
With an extraordinary appeal that has continued unabated since the early 1970s, Al Green remains the quintessential soul man--one of the most enduring, electrifying, and enigmatic artists of our era. But at the very heart of his appeal is the conflict between the devil's music and God's calling, a conflict he has wrestled with all his life. This is his story. Take Me to the River is an inspiring, unsparing, and ultimately transforming autobiography. From a sharecropper's shack in Jacknash, Arkansas, to the absolute pinnacle of show-business success, it chronicles Al Green's career in rich detail. This is the whole story--his early days on the gospel and R&B circuits, his fateful encounter with legendary producer Willie Mitchell, his climb to the top of the charts, the attempted murder and suicide scandal that made headlines worldwide, and his decision to become a pastor and found his own church--the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, Tennessee. Take Me to the River brings Al Green's epic spiritual struggle--a story of repentance, redemption, and renewal--to life with all the urgency and immediacy of his music.
Great for acoustic guitarists who have learned the basics of the blues and are ready to take the next step. Begins with a review of technique, standard music notation and basic theory. Building on the foundations of Beginning Acoustic Blues, the bo