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Who could forget Tommy Johnson in Hawkeye's must learn list of Blues greats! See how Hawkeye breaks down key aspects of Johnson's style and gives practical ways to practice in the style of Tommy Johnson!
Taught by Hawkeye Herman in Blues Greats & How They Play seriesLength: 14:58Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
After reviewing some basics when it comes to the Blues, Hawkeye shares his knowledge from personal experience and one-on-one encounters with some of the greatest classic blues players ever to play! Learn some licks and hear fascinating inside information about some of these players that only a man who was there could deliver!
You've taken Hawkeye's Blues and Songwriting lessons here on JamPlay, and now it's time to join Hawkeye in looking at specific aspects of some of the most influential blues guitar players of all time....Length: 3:30 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Many of the classic Blues greats used a slide in their playing. Hawkeye goes through the many types of slides available and helps you choose one that is right for you.Length: 18:17 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
A capo for Classic Blues? Well, Hawkeye uses a capo to keep classic blues phrasing and ideas the way they were originally played while being flexible for the singer who is performing along side him. ...Length: 16:05 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Alright, now that you're more comfortable with a capo, you'll get to see how they did it in the old days. Take simple chord shapes and move them around. You'll learn a few tricks to help you know exactly...Length: 14:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The old blues players didn't play in 'positions' as we think about them today. They just played what felt natural. This lesson will explore a way to use more of the neck while getting that familiar classic...Length: 28:41 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Hawkeye delivers an extremely simple way of getting started with fingerpicking. Anyone can do it. Even if you have no experience! Add this to the classic blues player's toolboxLength: 25:06 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Before you are a lead bluesman, you gotta know how to accompany other artists. Hawkeye covers a common backup rhythm style and teaches a pattern to go along with it!Length: 19:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Learn how to implement one of the most common rhythm patterns ever! Work it into your blues playing.Length: 23:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Learn the style and essence of the best selling blues artist of the 1920s. Blind Lemon Jefferson has a bit of a Country feel to his playing.Length: 9:17 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Get a taste of the style of the guitar player who gave legends like Clapton and B. B. King their start! T-bone walker is an amazing blend of genres and techniques and a blast to study!Length: 13:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
The last lesson focused primarily on Walker's rhythm style. Get a start on learning some tell-tale T-Bone licks in this lesson!Length: 18:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
B. B. King was one of the most original and influential Blues guitar players of all time. Learn his hand shake and approach to vibrato here!Length: 12:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
You will know Albert King by his bends. His style, like many of the blues greats, is unmistakable. Learn how to bend like Albert King.Length: 15:34 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Get an overview of the lyrical style of Buddy Guy. Sometimes he plays a lot of notes and sometimes his style is very sparse, but his sense of timing and intuition is unmatched! Learn two key licks in...Length: 14:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Learn the bedrock blues rhythm made popular by Jimmy Reed. He wrote so many great tunes that have been covered over and over again. He laid the groundwork for so many Blues musicians to come!Length: 20:05 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Cool Papa knew what it meant to have taste. Other, younger players would often share the stage with him and try to cut heads with him by blazing through a bunch of notes. But Cool Papa stayed calm and...Length: 12:59 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
So many of the recognizable turnarounds and lead hooks come from Muddy Waters. You only have to listen to Waters along side modern Blues players to hear the influence. Learn a few Muddy Waters tricks...Length: 26:13 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Learn a lick from one of the guys who defined the role of lead guitar in Classic Blues. Magic Sam could play it all, but he knew when and how to phrase also!Length: 21:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Sam "Lightning" Hopkins was one of the original Texas Bluesmen. Once upon a time, Hawkeye got to sit down with Lightning and take a guitar lesson and how he's passing the baton.Length: 31:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Part of one of the most popular guitar/harmonica duos of the Classic Blues. Hawkeye used to help Brownie with his groceries and in return, he got to take lessons from him. Learn a fingerpicking style...Length: 26:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Who could forget Tommy Johnson in Hawkeye's must learn list of Blues greats! See how Hawkeye breaks down key aspects of Johnson's style and gives practical ways to practice in the style of Tommy Johnson!Length: 14:58 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Learn the important aspects of Robert Johnson's music from a broad point of view. Look at turnarounds and the importance of focused practicing!Length: 17:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Take the turnaround that you learned in the last lesson and practice moving it around to different keys. It makes for a nice constant blues riff as well!Length: 16:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
You've been treated to several tastes of Robert Johnson's style. Now see and hear how he uses slide in only the way a classic Bluesman can!Length: 17:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Meet a relative of Robert Johnson and an acoustic Blues player who plugged in his guitar... And one of the early guys to do so. He played a lot of Robert Johnson's licks but with some more beef behind...Length: 31:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Playing guitar with the influence of other instruments does great things for your playing. Learn how to emulate blues piano playing on your six string!Length: 11:40 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
One of the great things about learning the Blues, and learning guitar for that matter is that so many things are moveable! The early Blues players knew this and Hawkeye shows you how to take advantage...Length: 7:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
About Hawkeye Herman
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""One of America's finest acoustic guitarists and blues educators."
Cascade Blues Association
"Herman plays with a sensitive, reflective touch that continually draws attention to his vocals, which are effectively understated and free of affectation... Herman can rock with the best of them. A solid choice for fans of traditional acoustic blues."
Living Blues Magazine
" ...plays haunting music on a mournful guitar."
Los Angeles Times
"The only thing better than hearing this live album is seeing Hawkeye Herman in the flesh. Whether adding his own spin to blues classics or offering his own songs, Herman is a one-man history of blues, noteworthy guitar player and inimitable communicator. Miss him at your peril."
With over 40 years of performing experience, Michael "Hawkeye" Herman personifies the range of possibilities in blues and folk music. His dynamic blues guitar playing and vocal abilities have won him a faithful following and he leads a very active touring schedule of performances at festivals, concerts, school programs and educational workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. His original music has been included in video dramas and documentaries and in four hit theatrical productions.
In 2000, Hawkeye was awarded Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre for best original music in a theatrical production. "Everyday Living," Hawkeye's first nationally released album from 1987, now reissued on CD, features the late blues giants Charles Brown and "Cool Papa" Sadler, and established the demand for his now long-standing festival and concert touring. His latest CDs and DVD, "Blues Alive!" (CD), "It's All Blues To Me" (CD), and "Hawkeye Live In Concert" (DVD) have been greeted with rave reviews. Hawkeye's journalistic efforts have been published in numerous national and regional blues and music-related periodicals.
In 1998 he was the recipient of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for achievement in education. He served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation for six years. Hawkeye was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of fame in 2004. In September of 2005, Hawkeye composed, at the request of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), "Katrina, Oh Katrina (Hurricane Blues)," detailing the hurricane disaster on the Gulf Coast. The song was aired to over 7 million listeners on the popular "BBC Today" program. He is the cofounder of the Rogue Valley Blues Festival, Ashland, OR.
This musician has definitely carved out a spot for himself in the contemporary acoustic blues/folk field, and has earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished artists in the genre, and audiences throughout the US/Canada/Europe have come to know and appreciate Hawkeye's talent, dedication, and captivating performances.
Our acoustic guitar lessons are taught by qualified instructors with various backgrounds with the instrument.
Hawkeye teaches several Robert Johnson licks in this lesson. These licks are played with a slide in open G tuning.Free LessonSeries Details
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Mitch teaches his interpretation of the classic "Cannonball Rag." This song provides beginning and intermediate guitarists...Free LessonSeries Details
Miche introduces several new chord concepts that add color and excitement to any progression.Free LessonSeries Details
Jim discusses the importance of setting goals. He provides some tips that will help steer your practicing in the right direction.Free LessonSeries Details
Marcelo teaches the eight basic right hand moves for the Rumba Flamenca strum pattern. He then shows you how to apply it...Free LessonSeries Details
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Known around the world for his inspirational approach to guitar instruction, Musician's Institute veteran Daniel Gilbert...Free LessonSeries Details
Bryan Beller of the Aristocrats, Dethklok, and Steve Vai takes you inside his six step method to learning any song by ear....Free LessonSeries Details
JD teaches the pentatonic and blues scales and explains where and when you can apply them.Free LessonSeries Details
Horace provides a short etude on how to practice connecting the different shapes of the G Major open triads. This helps you...Free LessonSeries Details
Join Joe as he shows one of his favorite drills for strengthening his facility around the fretboard: The Spider Technique.Free LessonSeries Details
Matt Brown shows off some ways to add some creativity and originality to your rock chord voicings.Free LessonSeries Details
Lesson 6 is all about the major mode. As with the other lessons you'll be taking a look at the individual notes on the strings...Free LessonSeries Details
Eric Haugen discusses the goals of his "Six String Problem Solver" lesson series and what kind of material it covers.Free LessonSeries Details
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