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.
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Orville Johnson combines his amazing fingerstyle abilities with classic blues music. Orville will introduce you to the necessary concepts of fingerstyle and move on to teach classic blues tunes.Begin the Course
In this lesson, Orville introduces one of the basic fingerstyle techniques - the alternating bass technique.
Orville Johnson teaches his interpretation of the piano-based song "Winin' Boy Blues" by Jelly Roll Morton.
Orville Johnson introduces turnarounds and provides great ideas and techniques.
Orville Johnson teaches the fingerstyle blues song "Payday Blues."
Orville Johnson demonstrates how to play a walking bass line in conjunction with chordal accompaniment.
Orville Johnson teaches his take on a blues standard entitled "One Dime Blues."
Orville Johnson teaches the classic gospel tune "I'll Fly Away" in the Piedmont style.
Orville Johnson teaches the classic gospel song "Beulah Land."
Orville Johnson teaches "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor" in the Piedmont style.
Orville teaches the a fingerstyle version of the classic blues number "How Long, How Long."
Orville Johnson teaches a common blues melody that has been used in several classic songs including "Louis Collins."
Orville Johnson reviews an original tune he calls "St. Johnny" in this lesson.
In this lesson, Orville Johnson takes a look at the style of Blind Blake with some fun tips and tricks.
In this Fingerstyle Blues lesson, Orville Johnson uses the 12 bar blues in C to talk about chord substitutions.
To demonstrate the relationship between gospel and blues, Orville Johnson teaches an arrangement of an old gospel tune called "Softly and Tenderly, Jesus Is Calling".
Orville Johnson is back with another fantastic lesson on chord substitutions, this time in a minor key.
Orville Johnson demonstrates Mississippi John Hurt's style using an old spiritual song called "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder".
Orville Johnson explores the style of Skip James in open G tuning.
Orville Johnson takes another look at the style of Skip James, this time in cross-note (D Minor) tuning.
Orville Johnson takes a look at the style of blues artist Bo Carter in this lesson.
Orville Johnson walks through "Jelly Jelly," an original piano blues style song.
Welcome to part one of a two part lesson bundle where Orville breaks down Travis Picking, a fingerstyle pattern made famous by the great Merle Travis.
This is part two in Orville's Travis Picking demonstration. Orville now teaches how to increase speed with the picking hand. Then, he explains how to improve synchronization between the picking and fretting hands.
Welcome to part one of a two part mini series on the great guitarist known as Scrapper Blackwell! Orville tackles the unique techniques Scrapper utilized.
Now that Orville has introduced Scrapper's style, he covers some more difficult techniques that he used.
Orville Johnson delves into the style of Mississippi once more. This time around he takes a look at a song that is inspired by "Frankie and Albert".
Orville talks all about the style of Elizabeth Cotten, an acoustic fingerpicking legend. He uses a song called "I'm Going Downtown" to showcase her way of playing.
Orville dives back into the world of Elizabeth Cotten. This time around he teaches a newsong called "Sugar" and introduces other common musical themes she was known for.
Orville Johnson likes to use a technique called "Heavy-time bass" when playing the bass notes on his guitar. In this lesson he teaches you how adding this trick to your arsenal can make you a more versatile player.
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Challenging, but interesting. I need more experience building chords.
First lesson that encouraged me to try out a different tuning. A great lesson in a great series! Orville Johnsons teaching style is really outstanding.
Good instructional video, l was able to get different voicing's of the G7 chord.
I liked the advice to get away from the tabs and get the song in my head
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Love this version of that song.
Orville is a GREAT teacher. Takes it slow and easy so students can understand. Classes are FUN too!!
This is something that I can aspire to. The teacher is very good at explaining exactly what to do. I just need to work on it a lot in order to do it.