How to Play The Blake-ish Rag by Mitch Reed (Guitar Lesson)


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Mitch Reed

The Blake-ish Rag

Mitch Reed teaches an original that is heavily influenced by "Blind Blake," the legendary blind guitarist. In addition to playing ragtime, this lesson highlights a "leading bass" technique which you can use to spice up your own playing.

Taught by Mitch Reed in Song Lessons With Mitch Reed seriesLength: 16:55Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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KathyterryKathyterry replied on December 26th, 2010

Where are the thumb exercises?!!

jlindseyjrjlindseyjr replied on December 5th, 2010

Very deceiving tempo if you're not counting as you listen to it.

brendanleesonbrendanleeson replied on June 29th, 2010

can you use fingerpicks to play this rag

jkrivisjkrivis replied on March 23rd, 2010

Very nice lesson Mitch. Wondering where the thumb exercise can be found as its not in the tablature. Thanks!

MitchVReedMitchVReed replied on March 24th, 2010

Hi, we'll find it! It's around here somewhere. . .

blueguitar24blueguitar24 replied on March 22nd, 2010

sounds cool!

Song Lessons With Mitch Reed

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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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