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How to Play The Sunday Blues by Mitch Reed (Guitar Lesson)


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Mitch Reed

The Sunday Blues

This is an acoustic ragtime song that Mitch wrote himself. This song requires you to use your left hand thumb to fret the bass notes on the low E string.

Taught by Mitch Reed in Song Lessons With Mitch Reed seriesLength: 18:20Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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SloughHandSloughHand replied on November 12th, 2016

Great Job, Mitch -- a really fun tune, reachable with a lot of practice for a new finger-style player like myself. Thanks.

alfrednoelalfrednoel replied on January 26th, 2015

Thanks Mitch for this spirited composition. It's fun and challenging enough and I like your teaching style.

dallendouglasdallendouglas replied on March 9th, 2010

Hi Mitch,I have been working with Jam Play for some time,and I really enjoy your style on this piece. I haope I can capture it when I try. Thanks Dennis

ro7477ro7477 replied on March 9th, 2010

MITCH!!! ITS GREAT TO SEE YOU DUDE! WHAT A SMALL WORLD! Looking forward to your lessons and catching up. Cheers. Rohan

blackriderblackrider replied on March 8th, 2010

It is very hard to wrap around that way unless you have big hands and a small guitar. More frustration with fingerstyle.

MitchVReedMitchVReed replied on March 9th, 2010

It can be difficult to wrap your thumb around the neck in this way, but don't be discouraged! I do not have particularly large hands, nor does my guitar have a particularly narrow neck. Posture and arm position can really make it much easier! I'll be sure to discuss that in more detail down the road.

MitchVReedMitchVReed replied on March 9th, 2010

Thanks all, I'm glad to be here. Now I need to get my profile updated and all that! Feel free to contact me whenever you have a question, comment, or random musing. See you around!

iukaiuka replied on March 8th, 2010

mighty fine stringin...I'll drop by again when lesson 2 comes up :)

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on March 8th, 2010

FYI the guitar Mitch uses in this lesson is a Line 6 Variax. Anyone else besides me think it sounds GOOD!?

SylviaSylvia replied on March 8th, 2010

There's gonna be a whole lotta Finger picking going on at Greeno's house pretty soon I bet! Good to see you Mitch. Welcome to Jamplay. :)

jboothjbooth replied on March 8th, 2010

Hey Mitch, very cool lesson, hope you come back for many more!

greenogreeno replied on March 8th, 2010

Welcome aboard Mitch. Like your style and looking forward to more lessons.

Song Lessons With Mitch Reed

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Ragtime and Slide



Lesson 1

The Sunday Blues

Mitch teaches an original ragtime song.

Length: 18:20 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Cannonball Rag

Mitch teaches his interpretation of the classic "Cannonball Rag."

Length: 15:36 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Lesson 3

The Blake-ish Rag

Mitch Reed teaches an original that is heavily influenced by "Blind Blake," the legendary blind guitarist.

Length: 16:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Mitch Reed View Full Biography Mitch Reed lives in the college town of Kent, Ohio, and performs regularly throughout the northeast Ohio area. When he was 16, he got his first paying gig as a bass player, in a 50's music show at a now-defunct amusement park.

He is at home on acoustic and electric, and primarily focuses on solo performances. Depending on his mood for the evening, he might decide to bring an acoustic, electric, 12 string, or resonator guitar to the gig.

He is not a blues man, folk guitarist, or a singer/songwriter (what he considers to be an overused and meaningless term). He just calls himself a "guy with guitar", and particularly enjoys fingerpicking in the styles of Leo Kottke, Bob Brozman, Merle Travis, and countless others.

Mitch spent an inordinate amount of time as a teenager trying to play like one his main guitar influences, Greg Ginn.

Mitch has taught students face-to-face for several years, and has a pragmatic approach to teaching; if it sounds good, it IS good. He believes that your time practicing is best spent on techniques and approaches to playing, rather than repeating someone else's work note-for-note.

Although he enjoys teaching and playing ragtime, country blues, and slide guitar, he has been known to relive his youth by creating cover versions of his favorite 80's punk songs for solo guitar. He's no music snob.

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