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Classic 8 Bar Blues (Guitar Lesson)


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Hawkeye Herman

Classic 8 Bar Blues

Hawkeye teaches a classic 8 bar blues tune in the style of Brownie McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy.

Taught by Hawkeye Herman in Blues Guitar with Hawkeye seriesLength: 25:10Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (07:02) Lesson Introduction In the last few lessons in the Phase 2 Blues series, Hawkeye has focused primarily on the 8 bar form of the blues progression. Hawkeye continues with the 8 bar blues in this lesson. You will learn a new way of playing through this form. In this common variation on the 8 bar form, the I, IV, and V chords are inserted in different measures from where they have been played previously.

Here is a breakdown of the chord changes in this version of the 8 bar blues:

Measure 1: I
Measure 2: V
Measures 3 and 4: IV
Measure 5: I
Measure 6: V
Measures 7-8: I

In measures 7-8, Hawkeye typically inserts the turnaround he introduced in lesson 33. This turnaround follows a I I7 IV iv I V progression.

Watch as Hawkeye applies the chord changes outlined above to a performance of "Key to the Highway" by Big Bill Broonzy. Notice how he uses the classic blues turnaround as an introduction to the form. Once you can play through the form on your own, play along with Hawkeye.

Playing the Form with the Shuffle Pattern

When playing through any blues progression that does not involve any minor chords, the shuffle pattern can be utilized to outline the chord changes. Hawkeye demonstrates an example of this idea at 03:25. Although he uses the shuffle pattern for measures 1-6, he still inserts the I I7 IV iv I V turnaround progression in the final two measures.

At 04:10, Hawkeye sings a verse of "Key to the Highway" while using the shuffle pattern as accompaniment. Compare this arrangement of the song to the arrangement that Hawkeye played earlier in the lesson. The previous arrangement featured an alternating bass accompaniment. How do these various accompaniment patterns effect the overall sound of the song?

Applying the Boogie Bass Line

The boogie bass line derived from the major pentatonic scale can also be used as an accompaniment figure when playing any blues progression that does not include minor chords.
Chapter 2: (05:04) Playing the Tune "Key to the Highway" was originally written in the key of A major. This is the key in which guitarists such as Big Bill Broonzy and Brownie McGhee typically played this song. When playing in this key, Bill Broonzy often employed the "Texas A Shape" when playing the tonic chord. Since the root note is played as the highest note in this chord, the "Texas A" produces a very distinct sound.

When playing the song in the key of E, this particular chord voicing can still be used for the tonic chord. Simply transpose this chord shape up the neck to convert the "Texas A" into an E major chord. This voicing for E major is played in ninth position. Once this chord is transposed, the accompaniment pattern that you originally learned for Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago" can be applied to "Key to the Highway." Hawkeye demonstrates this concept at 00:42 in the lesson video.

Use this same accompaniment figure over the remaining chords in the 8 bar blues progression. You will need to transpose the figure to B / B7 and A / A7.

Applying the Turnaround

Notice how the Robert Johnson style turnaround is used at the end of the form. The other two turnarounds sound very strange when played in conjunction with this particular accompaniment style. If you wish to use either of these two turnarounds, you must end the accompaniment figure in measure 6 with an "open" E chord voicing. Hawkeye plays through the 8 bar form with the bass version of the classic turnaround at 03:12 in the lesson video.
Chapter 3: (09:29) Key of A and Bass Notes Transposition to the Key of A

Hawkeye demonstrates how to transpose the accompaniment pattern from the previous scene. He transposes this figure from the key of E to the key of A. Use the Roman numeral analysis outlined in the first scene when transposing to this new key. You can apply Hawkeye's hand trick to help with the transposition process.

Measure 1: I (A)
Measure 2: V (E)
Measures 3 and 4: IV (D)
Measure 5: I (A)
Measure 6: V (E)
Measures 7-8: I (A)

Once again, one of the three turnarounds that you have learned is typically substituted in bars 7-8 of the form.

Adding Bass Notes

When playing the tonic A major chord in this key, you are free to add the open A bass note to the chord. The low E string can also be played in conjunction with the E major chord played in ninth position. When playing the IV chord, D, the open string bass note cannot be used with the chord since the first finger must fret the note A at the 7th fret of this string.

"Key to the Highway" in A Major

Watch carefully at 02:27 as Hawkeye plays through "Key to the Highway" to ensure that you have transposed the entire accompaniment figure correctly. Also, double-check your work by playing through the song along with him. If any of the chords you are playing do not sound right, isolate your mistake and correct it.

Using the Accompaniment Figure as a Solo

If you decide to play the shuffle pattern as an accompaniment to the vocal line, the accompaniment figure that Hawkeye has taught you in this scene and the previous scene can be used as an effective solo break between verses. The shuffle pattern does not feature any melody line. However, the accompaniment figure taught in this scene features a melody played on the high E string. The melody alternates back and forth between the tonic and b7 of each chord. The presence of this melody line contrasts nicely with the chunky rhythmic sound of the shuffle pattern to create an effective solo.

At 07:34, Hawkeye provides an example of this idea. He sings the first verse of "Key to the Highway" while playing the shuffle as accompaniment. Then, he takes a one chorus solo in which he plays the accompaniment figure that utilizes the "Texas A" chord shape. He closes out the performance by returning to the shuffle pattern as he sings the final verse. For this verse, he opts to play the shuffle pattern higher up on the neck.

Note: The boogie bass line can also be used as an accompaniment figure to a vocal line when performing the song in A major.
Chapter 4: (03:34) Playing the Song In this scene, Hawkeye ties all of the materials together from the previous three scenes. He ties this material together by playing through an entire performance of "Key to the Highway." This is typically the way that Hawkeye plays the song in a live setting.

Notice how Hawkeye inserts some chord voicings that were not discussed in the previous scenes. He typically plays the IV7 and V7 chords with the dominant seventh shape that is based on the "open" C7 chord. Remember that dominant seventh chords can be substituted for simple triads within the context of a 12 or 8 bar blues progression.


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superbluessuperblues replied on June 8th, 2015

thanks Hawkeye! These lessons have helped me a great deal.

dorkmandorkman replied on April 17th, 2015

I'm desperatly trying to follow you with the supplemental section when your playing and singing and am totally lost. I cannot pull up the material that your playing. You seem to be all over the place.

jamesedmondsjamesedmonds replied on November 29th, 2013

Thanks Hawkeye, Your guitar sounds amazing. What type of national is it & what age?

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on December 2nd, 2013

The guitar I'm using in this lesson is a 1935 National 'Trojan' model wood-body resonator guitar with custom abalone inlay (suit of cards design) and the neck has been re-carved and refinished to suit my liking. I use this resonator guitar primarily for slide playing, as the action is set up for playing either with a slide or standard fretting.

jamesedmondsjamesedmonds replied on December 3rd, 2013

Maybe one day I'll look at another guitar. Thank you for opening the door and letting me into the your blues train. I'm revisiting previous lessons to fine tune your very concise and well thought out program. I just nailed your version of the great road with a little slack of my own. All the best for the new year and thank you once again.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on December 3rd, 2013

You're most welcome, James. Thank you for the holiday cheer and greetings/good wishes. Don't forget to watch my many songs on video so that you can see how I use the techniques I teach here online when I'm performing in concerts and at festivals: http://www.youtube.com/user/HawkeyeH ... it's good practice to try to play along with me (and 'steal' my licks/riffs/ideas). Have a most Happy Holiday Season and all the Best in 2014.

jamesedmondsjamesedmonds replied on November 24th, 2013

Hello Hawkeye, I'm attempting to follow you on the entire Key to the Highway song in scene 4. I can't seem to get your turnaround on the 5th fret. Can you provide some insight on your finger positions. Cheers champ

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on November 24th, 2013

Thanks for the message and question, James. Before I attempt the impossible, to describe in words what I'm doing in a video ... I must ake you if you worked you way through all of the 'supplemental material' that accompanies this lesson in order to find your answer. Please look through all of the supplemental material contained in the 'supplemental content' folder found under the less., and if you don't find the answer there, them you can repost your question, but you must be more specific in your description of where your issue lies in scene 4: ... __min.? __sec.? Thanks so much.

jamesedmondsjamesedmonds replied on November 26th, 2013

Found it bro!! I should of examined the supplementary content in detail it's all there. Cheers Hawkeye

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on November 27th, 2013

Great! Please remember to always first check the 'supplemental material' when you have a question. Matt, our 'fearless JamPlay notator,' does an excellent job of notating the material in each of my lessons. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

rush51rush51 replied on October 11th, 2012

Hi Hawkeye, Thanks buddy, I like what you do and how you do it. I have St James Infirmary almost down, What you want me to do, and now this little tune. Your song selections back up your instruction and you got yourself a very good program here...Thanks again.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on October 12th, 2012

Thanks so much. Please be sure to go to my web site www.HawkeyeHerman.com and click on videos ... and go to youtube.com and watch listen to me sing and play the song St. James Infirmary ... try to play along with me ... and try to steal my guitar ideas. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on May 21st, 2012

Hi hawkeye! I am new to the blues and i am loving your lessons you are a great teacher and a great player. this song is beatiful and would like to hear more of the blues. could you give me a list of classic tunes on both 8 and 12 bars? i would apreciate it. i dont have an acoustic guitar, only an electric one, so i am trying to slightly 'traspose' your lessons to a more electric style so it sounds, maybe you could give me a few techniques on how to do that, more or less. Thank You :)

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on May 22nd, 2012

By the way, Emilio, I noticed you joined JamPlay on May 10th, and that you state that you're a beginner. Wow! For a beginner you sure are a fast learner. You've made it to lesson #35 in only 2 weeks! That's amazing! I've given a lot of thought and planning as to the content and order of these lessons. I hope you're following these lessons in the order they are presented patiently progressing from one lesson to the next when you've accomplished what's in each lesson ... 'cause that's how these lessons are meant to be taken/studied ... if you REALLY want to learn how to play the blues ... try to stick with the 'program' as I've presented it.;-) Thanks for enjoying these lessons.

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on May 22nd, 2012

My profile updated! :)

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on May 24th, 2012

Bueno, vato. Muy bien. Mi esposa y yo voy a Mexico para vaciones muchos tiempos ... a la playa en Jalisco, Barra de Navidad, Acapulco, Oaxaca, Ciudad de Mexico, etc. Yo estudio Español para cuatros años en la escuela secondario muchos/muchos años antes ... y tengo un vocabulario muy grande, pero mi grammatica es... pues, malo. ;-) En 2009 yo fue en Colombia para conciertos y yo canto canciones de blues para la gente en Español. Por favor, mira aqui para fotos de mi viaje a Colombia: http://hawkeyeherman.com/gallery11.htm ... http://hawkeyeherman.com/gallery12.htm ... Saludos y que le vaya bien, compadre.

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on May 22nd, 2012

And by the way, i got another question: i enjoyed your lesson about 'sweet home chicago' i loved that song. So, could you tell me what other songs have that fast rhythm? thank you again!

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on May 24th, 2012

Good grief ... there are so many blues songs with uptempo feelings ... the best way for you to find out is by getting your feet wet and listening to as many blues artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Eric Clapton, BB King, Freddy Kingg, Albert King, Albert Collins, and on, and on, and on. Do your 'homework' ... if you're 'new' to the blues ... then you need to listen to the blues as much as possible ... if I give you 'short cuts' in your listening habits it will not serve your knowledge of blues ... please start digging in and listening, is my suggestion .... rather than my listing the many thousands of blues songs that have an uptempo beat/rhythm. ;-) I hope you have the patience to take my advice and experience/find what you like on your own ... rather than depending on me for your listening choices. ;-)

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on May 22nd, 2012

Hi Hawkeye, i am an intermediate player, i've been playing more than 1 year (i have'nt changed my state) but i have never before focused on blues. and yes, i am following the lessons in order and learning them well, maybe i am a fast player but i spent a lot of time watching your lessons, i am so excited about this..... yes, i see there are many 12 bars tunes (i am new in this world of blues :) ), i will listen some songs of the classic singers you told me.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on May 24th, 2012

Great! The best thing you can do is listen to as much blues as possible ... not only for enjoyment of the music, but to learn ... and be sure to watc h my over 20 videos at yoututbe.com so you can see how I use the techniques I teach here at JamPlay.com when I'm performing at festivals and in concert. ... http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=HawkeyeH ... try to play along with me, and 'steal' my licks/riffs/ideas. ;-)

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on May 22nd, 2012

Greetings, Emilio. Thanks for your kind comments. I'm glad you're enjoying these lessons. The list of classic 12 bar blues song is huge ... my goodness ... almost every blues artists sang mostly 12 bar blues ... geez ... listen to the music of Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf, and Robert Johnson, and Memphis Minnie, and Eric Clapton, good grief, there are a thousand great blues performenrs and everyone of them sang 12 bar blues songs. I suggest you just follow these lessons int he order they are presented and you'll learn some good 12 bar blues songs ... I'm sorry, but the list of 12 bar blues songs is far too long for me to select songs for you. Dig in and start listening to blues music. As for 8 bar blues songs, there are a lot of them, but fewer than 12 bar blues, a bit less common, so rather than repeat myself, please look at the question about 8 bar blues songs posted by garyegarye, just before your posted question for a list of 8 bar blues songs. By the way, what I'm teaching in these lessons can be played on electric or acoustic guitar without one having to alter much anything. I'm playing acoustic guitar(s) in my lessons because I like it best, but I play the exact same stuff on the electric guitar. Thanks again for the message and for enjoying these lessons.

garyegaryegaryegarye replied on May 20th, 2012

this is a great lesson! Could you give names of other songs based on 8 bar blues? I love your lessons and hearing about the history of the blues as well.

garyegaryegaryegarye replied on May 20th, 2012

this is a great lesson! Could you give names of other songs based on 8 bar blues? I love your lessons and hearing about the history of the blues as well.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on May 21st, 2012

Hi, Gary. Thanks for enjoying these lessons. There are many 'classic'/well known blues songs that are in an 8 bar format: "Key To the Highway"/Big Bill Broonzy, "How Long Blues/Leroy Carr" "Cherry Red"/Eddie "Cleanhead Vinson "Trouble In Mind"/Nina Simone and many artists, "Sitting On Top Of The World"/Howlin' Wolf and many others, "Stagolee"/"Stagger Lee"/Lloyd Price and others, "Ain't Nobody's Business"/Billie Holiday and others, "Heartbreak Hotel"/Elvis, "Walking By Myself"/Jimmy Rogers, "In The Dark"/Lil Green, "Worried Life"/Big Maceo/Eric Clapton, "Love Me Like A Man"/Bonnie Raitt, "Mary Had A Little Lamb"/Buddy Guy/SRV, "Slow Down"/J.B. Lenoir, "Get A Haircut"/George Thorogood, "It's Not My Cross To Bear"/Allman Brothers, "Baby Please Don't Go"/Big Joe Williams/Lightnin' Hopkins/and many others, "Come On In My Kitchen"/Robert Johnson. That's a 'short' list ... there are may other 8 bar blues songs. I hope this information in helpful to you. ;-) BTW: I have a 1956 Gibson ES125T, amongst my many guitars, and I love that instrument ... I noticed you have one, as well. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

binkybinky replied on March 9th, 2011

No one has commented on this one in a long time - wonder why? This was fantastic! My favorite and I've done all the others. Somehow this one is finally bringing it all together! I have liked the shorter format of previous lessons - but this one is long and GOOD! Thanks Hawkeye. It is finally coming together for me.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on March 9th, 2011

Thanks so much, Marian. I'm pleased to know that you're progressing to your satisfaction, and that this lesson has helped in some way. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on October 22nd, 2008

oh man, there is a lot to learn in this one!

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on October 22nd, 2008

mattbrown, I really appreciate your diligence and hard work. Like variations in 12 bar blues ... there are many slight chordal variations in 8 bar blues. Sorry if I jammed so much into one lesson ... I get excited with a subject and my desire to share the information with our jamplay.com friends, and I just keep going/ rattling on sometimes. Maybe Jeff should have a wet sponge handy to throw at me to get me to end a lesson ... when we're filming and I start to cross the time/space/warp line into the realm of a lesson that seems like it's going to require 'eternal' supplemental information. Sorry for cramming so much into this lesson. Your comment and dedication to (graphically) clarifying my ramblings ... are much appreciated.;-)

mattbrownmattbrown replied on October 23rd, 2008

no apologies necessary, good sir! I really enjoy transcribing all that you play and teach! I've learned so much from watching / transcribing all of your lessons. I thought this lesson was exceptional since you tied so much material together.

kasrakasra replied on September 17th, 2009

me too, although this is loooong loong after your comment matt, i have to tell, among all these 35 lessons that ive followed (ive skipeed for 2 lessons to learn how to span the neck) this one was like WOWWWWW.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on October 24th, 2008

Thanks, Matt. Much appreciated. I really do want EVERYONE who views my lessons to 'get it' ... I'm not happy if only a percentage of viewers 'get it' ... hence, my efforts in explaining things by using numerous examples and concepts. Your patience and graphic notations are most helpful in my attempts at reaching my goal of trying to assure that ALL viewers understand what I'm doing and talking about in each lesson. Again, thanks so much.

kasrakasra replied on September 12th, 2009

wow

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on September 13th, 2009

kasra, :-) Thanks for the "wow." I hope these lessons continue to educate and amaze you.

donbdonb replied on August 6th, 2009

Hawkeye, I’ve not taken the time to comment on anyone’s lessons so far, but I just couldn’t let it go on. I prefer to just watch and learn and practice, practice, practice, but always enjoy the dialogue that goes on in the comment sections. I’ve been playing around with the guitar since my college days in the early 70‘s, discovered listening to the blues almost by accident in the 80’s and fell in love. I never thought I would ever be able to play the blues, but you have opened the door. I’ll never close it. I can’t say enough good about your teaching style and the lessons you’ve put together. Thanks

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on August 7th, 2009

> Don, You're most welcome, Thank you for taking time out (from your practicing :-) to let me know about the positive impact these lessons have had on your guitar skills ... and 'blues attitude.' I appreciate your kind comments. My job is to share my enthusiasm for blues music/the guitar while clearly illustrating useful musical/guitar skills that 'open doors that will never close'... while always encouraging you that you CAN understand and play blues music for your own enjoyment, and possibly/hopefully, the enjoyment of others. Messages like yours are extremely gratifying and very much appreciated. Again, thanks so much. Now, get back to practicing! ;-)

SylviaSylvia replied on October 26th, 2008

Hawkeye: Long ago I busted my first guitar over a boyfriend's head because I was attempting the shuffle rhythm and he said I sucked. I had tried and tried and tried to get that down.... but no joy. Then in one lesson YOU got me doing it and all my guitars are safe! lol

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on October 27th, 2008

Sylvia, Thanks for the good news. I'm so glad you're NOW able to play the shuffle rhythm. It's most rewarding ... for both of us. Please find something else (not your guitar) to break over your boyfriend's head next time he upsets you. Keep on shufflin'. Thanks again.

Blues Guitar with Hawkeye

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

The blues is a distinctly American style of music. Many popular genres such as jazz, rock, and country music draw upon basic blues concepts. Consequently, it is advantageous for any guitarist to study the blues.



Lesson 1

Introduction to Blues

Hawkeye Herman introduces the blues. He explains the 12 bar blues chords and the poetic format that blues lyrics typically follow.

Length: 19:25 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Understanding Blues Chords

Hawkeye explains how the I, IV, and V chords are used in a 12 bar blues progression.

Length: 12:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Blues Rhythm

Hawkeye demonstrates common strumming patterns used in blues music. He also explains how country music evolved from the blues.

Length: 19:42 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Intro to the Blues Shuffle

The shuffle is one of the most common rhythms used in blues music. Hawkeye introduces the most basic shuffle rhythm pattern.

Length: 18:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

More Blues Shuffle

Hawkeye covers the blues shuffle in greater depth.

Length: 13:13 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

The Blues Turnaround

Hawkeye introduces and explains a common blues turnaround.

Length: 7:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Interesting Blues Turnaround

Hawkeye demonstrates various ways of arpeggiating the blues turnaround from the previous lesson.

Length: 8:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Moving the Turnaround

Hawkeye explains how the turnaround from the previous lesson can be transposed to all 12 keys.

Length: 5:57 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Turnaround in the Bass

Hawkeye explains how the blues turnaround can be played on the bass strings.

Length: 11:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Turnaround Practice

Hawkeye provides some tips regarding how to integrate turnarounds into the context of the 12 bar blues form.

Length: 3:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Turnarounds as Lead

In this lesson Hawkeye will explain how you can use turnarounds as a way to play basic lead.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Subtle Changes

Hawkeye demonstrates how subtle changes made to the blues shuffle can have a profound impact on the overall sound of the 12 bar form.

Length: 7:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Blues Shuffle Variations

Hawkeye demonstrates more blues shuffle variations. He discusses playing individual notes and palm muting.

Length: 7:23 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Bass Blues Shuffle

In this lesson, Hawkeye teaches a bass version of the blues shuffle that mimics a common left-hand piano pattern.

Length: 10:49 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Turnaround Exercise

Hawkeye presents an exercise that will enable you to play a turnaround over the blues form in all twelve keys.

Length: 10:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Delta Blues Turnaround

Hawkeye teaches a Delta blues turnaround in the key of A. This turnaround is played in the style of Robert Johnson.

Length: 10:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Delta Blues Turnaround #2

Hawkeye Herman teaches a new Delta blues turnaround. This lick was inspired by Robert Johnson.

Length: 7:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Robert Johnson Style

Hawkeye Herman teaches more components of Robert Johnson's signature sound.

Length: 27:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Movable Chords

Hawkeye introduces some common, movable chord shapes.

Length: 17:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Movable Chord Review

Hawkeye reviews movable chords in this lesson. He explains how these chord voicings can be used in a practical blues context.

Length: 5:41 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Basic Blues Scale

Hawkeye Herman introduces the minor pentatonic scale in this lesson, the most commonly used scale in blues lead guitar.

Length: 23:54 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Passing Notes

Hawkeye builds on the pentatonic scale. He introduces "blue" notes, which transform the pentatonic scale into the minor blues scale.

Length: 12:50 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Scales and Keys

Hawkeye explains how to transpose the minor pentatonic and minor blues scales to different keys.

Length: 21:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Finding the Key

Hawkeye Herman explains how to determine the key of a blues song. This information is essential if you wish to play lead over a song.

Length: 15:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Lightnin' Hopkins Style

In this lesson, Hawkeye will bring together much of what he has taught in this lesson series and apply it to the style of Lightnin' Hopkins.

Length: 16:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Treble Shuffle

Hawkeye explains how to play the blues shuffle on the treble strings.

Length: 9:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

The Great River Road

Hawkeye Herman teaches you how to play his original song, "The Great River Road," in this phenomenal lesson.

Length: 16:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 28

Mississippi John Hurt Style

Hawkeye covers the guitar style of Mississippi John Hurt. This style makes heavy use of alternating bass lines.

Length: 14:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 29

Piano Blues

Hawkeye teaches an original piece called "Piano Blues." He teaches this song to further demonstrate the alternating bass line.

Length: 13:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 30

Blues Accompaniment

Hawkeye Herman teaches a beautiful blues accompaniment pattern.

Length: 10:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 31

Stop-Time Blues

Hawkeye introduces the stop-time blues rhythm.

Length: 17:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 32

Sweet Home Chicago

Hawkeye Herman explains how to play Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago."

Length: 16:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 33

Eight Bar Blues

Hawkeye introduces the eight bar blues progression.

Length: 22:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 34

8 Bar Blues Key Transposition

Hawkeye takes the 8 bar blues material from the last lesson and explains how to transpose it to different keys.

Length: 6:39 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 35

Classic 8 Bar Blues

Hawkeye teaches a classic 8 bar blues tune in the style of Brownie McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy.

Length: 25:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 36

Playing Multiple Notes

In this lesson Hawkeye revisits the blues/pentatonic scale and talks about playing multiple notes at the same time.

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 37

Classic End Tag

Hawkeye Herman teaches a classic blues song ending. He also explains how it can be played in different keys.

Length: 9:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 38

Basic Blues Slide

Hawkeye Herman covers the basics of slide technique and provides exercises to demonstrate them.

Length: 25:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 39

Slide Guitar and Open D Tuning

Hawkeye Herman introduces open D tuning. He explains how to play a 12 bar blues progression with a slide in this tuning.

Length: 14:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 40

Ramblin' On My Mind

Hawkeye Herman demonstrates the classic Robert Johnson song, "Ramblin' On My Mind" in open D tuning.

Length: 8:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 41

Blues Shuffle in Open D

Hawkeye explains how to play the blues shuffle in open D tuning.

Length: 0:00 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 42

Open D Harmony Shuffle

Hawkeye teaches the "harmony" version of the shuffle in open D tuning.

Length: 5:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 43

Open D Turnaround

Hawkeye teaches a simple blues turnaround in open D tuning.

Length: 9:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 44

Open D Slide Licks

Hawkeye Herman teaches some open D slide guitar licks. These licks are inspired by the song "Ramblin' On My Mind" by Robert Johnson.

Length: 8:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 45

Pentatonic Scale in Open D

Hawkeye Herman explains how to play the D minor pentatonic scale in Open D tuning.

Length: 4:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 46

Ramblin' On My Mind

Hawkeye challenges you to play "Ramblin' On My Mind" using the techniques from the past couple of lessons.

Length: 4:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 47

Rock and Slide Guitar

Hawkeye shows that open D tuning and slide guitar are not exclusive to the blues. He provides an exercise that demonstrates how this tuning can be used in rock music.

Length: 15:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 48

D Tuning Chords

Hawkeye returns to the world of open D tuning. He introduces various chord voicings and explains how they can be used in the blues.

Length: 10:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 49

You Got To Move

In this lesson, Hawkeye teaches a classic blues song by Mississippi Fred McDowell - "You Got To Move".

Length: 9:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 50

You Got to Move Melody

Hawkeye Herman demonstrates how to play the melody of "You Got to Move" with a slide.

Length: 6:51 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 51

Slide Guitar and Blues Licks

Hawkeye Herman talks about playing and creating blues licks with the slide.

Length: 9:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 52

Elmore James Style

Hawkeye Herman breaks down important aspects of Elmore James' style.

Length: 23:11 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 53

Blues Licks and Riffs

Hawkeye teaches some versatile blues licks and riffs that can be used in open D tuning.

Length: 11:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 54

Open G Tuning

Hawkeye Herman teaches the basics of open G tuning.

Length: 7:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 55

G Tuning Chords

Hawkeye gives a brief overview of chords and how they are played in open G tuning.

Length: 6:11 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 56

Blues Scale in Open G Tuning

Hawkeye gives a brief rundown of how the blues / minor pentatonic scale can be played in open G tuning.

Length: 4:48 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 57

G Tuning Accompaniment

Hawkeye talks about playing accompaniment using open G tuning.

Length: 7:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 58

Improvising in G Tuning

Improvisation using the minor pentatonic / blues scale is discussed in open G tuning. Hawkeye also touches on Robert Johnson's song, "Walkin' Blues."

Length: 7:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 59

Open G Shuffle Rhythm

In this lesson, Hawkeye Herman talks about playing the blues shuffle in open G tuning. He also shows some basic turnarounds.

Length: 10:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 60

Open G Shuffle Variations

Hawkeye reviews the blues shuffle in open G tuning. He demonstrates shuffle variations as well as a few licks, turnarounds, and other tidbits.

Length: 15:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 61

Robert Johnson Licks

Hawkeye teaches several Robert Johnson licks in this lesson. These licks are played with a slide in open G tuning.

Length: 14:40 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Lesson 62

G Tuning and the Capo

Hawkeye introduces the capo and explains how it can be used. This lesson is still in the context of G tuning.

Length: 10:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 63

Come On In My Kitchen

Hawkeye Herman showcases the power of slide guitar by demonstrating the classic Robert Johnson song, "Come On In My Kitchen."

Length: 6:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 64

Skip James Style

Hawkeye Herman gives a brief rundown of Skip James' blues guitar style. This lesson also focuses on playing in open tunings without a slide.

Length: 19:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 65

Open D to Open G

Hawkeye demonstrates how to take a song from open D tuning and play it in open G. He uses the song "No Expectations" by the Rolling Stones as an example.

Length: 10:26 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 66

Drop D Tuning

Hawkeye shows you the wonders of drop D tuning and teaches his rendition of "Big Road Blues."

Length: 30:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 67

Statesboro Blues

Hawkeye goes over the fantastic song "Statesboro Blues" by Blind Willie McTell in Drop D tuning.

Length: 27:12 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 68

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Hawkeye discusses some history behind the great blues guitarist Blind Lemon Jefferson. He covers the song "Matchbox Blues" to provide an example of his style.

Length: 19:40 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 69

Minor Blues

Hawkeye explains the chord changes used in a minor blues progression.

Length: 12:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 70

The Capo

Hawkeye talks about the capo and its many uses.

Length: 22:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 71

Song Endings

By user request, Hawkeye shares ideas on how to end songs in this lesson.

Length: 21:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 72

Stop Time Blues

In this lesson, Hawkeye Herman returns to the wonderful world of stop-time blues. He teaches a few more ways to play in this glorious style.

Length: 17:53 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 73

Eight Bar Blues

Hawkeye talks about the eight bar blues and uses some classic blues songs as examples.

Length: 26:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 74

Blues Mambo

Hawkeye talks all about the blues mambo in this lesson.

Length: 16:09 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 75

Movable Endings

Hawkeye explains how all the endings you've learned up to this point can be transposed to any key.

Length: 31:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 76

Movable Blues Scale

Hawkeye talks about transposing the minor pentatonic scale to various keys.

Length: 16:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 77

Blues Scale Lead

Hawkeye explains how the blues scale can be used to play lead in any song.

Length: 30:57 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 78

Spanning the Neck

Hawkeye explains how the blues scale can span the neck in any key.

Length: 22:09 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 79

The Blues Had a Baby

Hawkeye talks about the background of rock 'n roll and how it is connected to blues.

Length: 21:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 80

Fun Licks

This lesson is filled with fun licks and lick techniques.

Length: 17:32 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 81

Spanning the Neck Continued

Hawkeye brings more blues wisdom to you in this lesson about spanning the neck.

Length: 18:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 82

Barre Chords Refresher

Hawkeye provides a few useful tips on playing barre chords.

Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 83

Chord Relationships

Hawkeye discusses how the visual shapes of chords relate to one another on the fretboard.

Length: 15:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 84

Chord Relationships Continued

Hawkeye explains how to find the I, IV, and V chords in all 12 major keys.

Length: 8:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 85

Shuffle Rhythm Review

Hawkeye answers member questions on the shuffle rhythm.

Length: 16:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 86

Key of A Idea

Hawkeye shares an idea in the key of A that you can apply to your blues playing.

Length: 18:15 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 87

Thumbpick Vs. Flatpick

Thumbpick Vs. Flatpick: A most common question asked among guitarists is discussed in this lesson.

Length: 15:13 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 88

Capo Ideas

Hawkeye shares his ideas on the capo and explains why he thinks it is important for every guitarist to own one.

Length: 18:34 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 89

Everything is Movable

Hawkeye reiterates that everything is movable on the guitar and provides some fresh new ideas.

Length: 12:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 90

Bass Notes in Treble

Hawkeye explains how to add variety to the shuffle pattern by transferring the bass notes to the treble register and by adding palm muting. He also explains how you can create your own shuffle variations.

Length: 21:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 91

Treble Shuffle

Hawkeye provides more amazing tips and tricks on moving your shuffle rhythm to the treble for a unique sound.

Length: 16:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 92

Creating Solos

Hawkeye revisits the techniques learned in the last few lessons and explains how to tie tie them together to create solos.

Length: 9:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 93

Transposing Songs

Hawkeye provides some great tips for transposing any song you want to learn to a different key.

Length: 17:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 94

History of Blues

This exciting lesson dives into some of the earliest history of blues music and how it has shaped popular music today.

Length: 13:52 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 95

Blues is the Roots

Hawkeye Herman explains why "blues is the roots, and everything else is the fruits."

Length: 8:41 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 96

The Style of Hank Williams

Hawkeye discusses the history and style of Hank Williams.

Length: 17:07 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 97

The Style of Jimmie Rodgers

Hawkeye demonstrates some key aspects of Jimmie Rodgers' style.

Length: 12:30 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 98

Boom-Chicka Strum

Hawkeye demonstrates the "boom-chicka" strum and explains various ways you can incorporate it into your playing.

Length: 22:44 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 99

Fun Runs

Hawkeye Herman explains how to spice up your rhythm playing by incorporating bass runs between chord changes.

Length: 16:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 100

Review & Practice

Hawkeye Herman celebrates lesson 100 with a short but sweet review of what you've learned in the past couple of lessons.

Length: 6:51 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 101

Song Medley

Hawkeye Herman demonstrates rhythmic concepts from earlier lessons by playing a fun medley.

Length: 13:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 102

Hawkeye's Favorite Licks

Hawkeye shares some of his favorite licks in this lesson.

Length: 22:35 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 103

More Fun Licks

Hawkeye teaches more fun licks to add to your blues bag of tricks.

Length: 31:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 104

More Licks Up the Neck

Hawkeye Herman is back with some more classic blues licks that span the length of the fretboard.

Length: 26:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 105

Bass Licks

Hawkeye explains the importance of playing licks over the entire neck of the guitar.

Length: 21:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 106

Rock Me Lick

Hawkeye Herman shares a lick that is commonly known as the "Rock Me Baby" Lick. He explains how this lick can be incorporated into a performance of this classic B.B. King song.

Length: 19:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 107

Turnaround Positions

Hawkeye discusses how ideas derived from turnarounds can be incorporated into blues solos.

Length: 8:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 108

Instrumental Themes

Hawkeye Herman talks about instrumental themes and how you can add lead fills to them.

Length: 18:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 109

Instrumental Themes Continued

Hawkeye continues his discussion on instrumental themes and blues.

Length: 23:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 110

Ninth Chords

Hawkeye Herman explains how dominant 9th chords are formed and how they can be used in blues music.

Length: 15:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 111

Ninth Chords Continued

Hawkeye Herman continues his discussion on 9th chords.

Length: 26:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 112

More Eight Bar Blues

Hawkeye Herman shares more eight bar blues knowledge in this fun and information-packed lesson.

Length: 23:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 113

Using a Tuner

Hawkeye shares his thoughts on tuners in this lesson.

Length: 6:38 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 114

Introducing the Capo

In the 114th installment of his Blues Series, Hawkeye introduces the capo. He demonstrates how this valuable tool allows you to transpose chord voicings to various keys.

Length: 23:21 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 115

Forming Barre Chords

Having trouble getting those fingers to form barre chords? In lesson #115 of his Blues Series, Hawkeye covers some tips and techniques to help with these problematic chord shapes. Any beginner can master...

Length: 10:03 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 116

4 Up, 5 Down Applied Concept

Hawkeye explains why the adjacent strings on the guitar are tuned in perfect fourths and how this relates to left hand fingering.

Length: 18:44 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 117

Relative Chord Shapes

Hawkeye continues where he left off in lesson 116 and explains how the tuning of the guitar relates to commonly used chord shapes.

Length: 16:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 118

Transposing Notes / Changing the Key

Hawkeye Herman reviews important transposition concepts. Here he demonstrates how to change the key of a song so that it is appropriate for your vocal range.

Length: 20:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 119

All About Finger Picking

Hawkeye takes a look at this important right hand technique.

Length: 20:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 120

Bo Diddley Beat

Hawkeye provides a history lesson on Bo Diddley. He also demonstrates how to play the classic "Bo Diddley Beat." This rhythmic pattern appears in countless blues and rock songs.

Length: 20:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 121

Thematic Bass Lines

Hawkeye teaches some blues bass lines that can be applied to the twelve bar blues form.

Length: 19:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 122

Bass Lines Continued

Hawkeye continues on from his 121st lesson with more examples of blues bass lines for guitar.

Length: 7:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 123

Lead Bass Ideas

Hawkeye dives into some lead bass ideas. He demonstrates how a classic Eric Clapton riff can be used over the twelve bar blues form in any key.

Length: 12:57 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 124

Willie's Bounce

Hawkeye teaches the bass line riff to his song "Willie's Bounce."

Length: 16:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 125

Finger Picking Part 2

Hawkeye continues his discussion on finger picking.

Length: 12:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 126

The Texas A

Hawkeye Herman teaches a version of the A chord that he calls "The Texas A."

Length: 13:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 127

Blues Scale: Adding the Major 3rd

Hawkeye breaks down the blues scale and demonstrates how to appropriately add the major 3rd.

Length: 26:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 128

Double Stops

As demonstrated in previous lessons, Hawkeye opens up the world of double stops. Hawkeye teaches some classic Chuck Berry licks to demonstrate how double stops can be used effectively.

Length: 11:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 129

Scrapper Blackwell

Hawkeye introduces the guitar stye of Scrapper Blackwell. He uses the song Scrapper called "E Blues" as a starting point.

Length: 20:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 130

Influence of Blind Lemon Jefferson

History flows deep in blues music. Hawkeye discusses the influence of Blind Lemon Jefferson. This lesson is one for the history books.

Length: 22:43 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 131

Humming and Strumming

Hawkeye opens up some ideas on how to "plan ahead" in your playing. Similar to riding a bike, you need to look forward to see where your going. Humming what you want to play allows you to anticipate the...

Length: 18:49 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 132

Katrina, Oh Katrina

Inspired by the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Hawkeye was commissioned by the BBC to write a song about Katrina. Hawkeye demonstrates this song and recalls his thought process in writing this song.

Length: 29:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 133

All About the Hammer-on

Hawkeye demonstrates how a hammer-on can be used to open up doors in your playing. Hawkeye shows you how to achieve this technique and use it successfully in your playing.

Length: 24:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 134

The Pull-off

Hawkeye covers the pull-off, best friend of the hammer on. This technique is used to achieve the same goal as the hammer-on, yet with a completely different finger movement.

Length: 15:02 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 135

Using Hammer-ons and Pull-offs Together

Hawkeye combines lessons 133 and 134 and demonstrates some examples of how to utilize the hammer-on and pull-off techniques together to enhance your overall blues guitar skills.

Length: 10:27 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 136

The Quick Change

The 12 bar form is a staple in the world of blues music. However, there are plenty of different ways to arrange it. This lesson covers what is commonly called "The Quick Change."

Length: 15:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 137

Starting on the IV Chord

Hawkeye demonstrates how to change up a traditional 12 bar blues progression by starting on the IV chord.

Length: 16:51 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 138

The Talking Blues

Hawkeye demonstrates yet another form of blues known as the "Talking Blues." This style is indicative of its name. It features a talking vocal style played over a I, IV, V chord progression.

Length: 24:43 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 139

Utilizing 9th Chords

Need a slightly different voicing to spice up your playing? 9th chords will give your blues playing a colorful, urban sound.

Length: 24:53 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 140

Minor Tuning, Major Sound

Hawkeye breaks out his slide and demonstrates how chord progressions in major keys can be played in open minor tunings.

Length: 4:43 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 141

Style of Elmore James

Hawkeye offers up some tricks and techniques that Elmore James utilized in his style of playing.

Length: 25:52 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 142

Style of Son House

In lesson 142, Hawkeye dives into the style of Son House. House pioneered an innovative style featuring strong, repetitive rhythms often played with a slide.

Length: 14:32 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only

About Hawkeye Herman View Full Biography ""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."
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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.

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