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Hawkeye Herman

Baby What You Want Me To Do

Hawkeye teaches his interpretation of the classic Jimmy Reed blues song, "Baby What You Want Me To Do."

Taught by Hawkeye Herman in Songs with Hawkeye Herman seriesLength: 25:19Difficulty: 2.5 of 5

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timidoggytimidoggy replied

Thank you Hawkeye, now I cant sleep at night. -

cielozhangcielozhang replied

Hi, I really like your enthusiastic lessons. I wonder where I can get full version of you perform the whole song so that I can get sense of the song without dragging back and forth of the video? Thanks!

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

May I suggest you watch/listen to the original version of this popular blues standard song written and recorded by the late great Jimmy Reed:

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks for your comments and for enjoying these lessons. I'm sorry, but this song is not on video. You'll find my songs on video here: ... I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

rcausrcaus replied

Dear Hawkeye, I am amazed of how much we can practice , yet we continue to learn new tricks and techniques. Can you teach us " Shame Shame Shame" . I also notice he does the shuffle with a variation on bass note 6th string too. Thank you from Rama

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

There are copyright infringement issues that prevent me from teaching a great deal of material here at ... I appreciate your suggestion ... but "Shame, Shame, Shame" falls into that category.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks for the comments, Rama. Follow these lessons in the order they are presented ... and you'll see this more and more .... we build on the material we've previously studied/practiced. Take your time and be patient with yourself, progress at your own speed, and enjoy the learning process. I want your to gain a strong understanding and foundation in blues music so that you can enjoy being creative and express yourself on the guitar for the rest of your life. Each bit of information/lesson feeds into the next ... blues is a musical 'language' ... your blues 'vocabulary' should broaden/increase/deepen with each lesson. Thanks for enjoying these lessons. ;-)

rohintoniranirohintonirani replied

Awesome.. Just Awesome.. Thanks Hawkeye..

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

You're most welcome, Rohani. Please follow my lessons in the order they are presented, be patient, practice and progress at your own speed, there's no rush ... and you'll build a strong foundation and understanding of blues music, and your skills will continue to improve. Thanks for enjoying these lessons.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Oooops, I apologize for getting your name wrong, Rohinton .... sorry. ;-)

greenboogiegreenboogie replied

This is a very good lesson.I have been playing basic bar chords since i was 5 yrs old. But that isn't the point. There are other things here that will help and improve what is being done.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks! ;-)

greenboogiegreenboogie replied

I am a youtuber big time oh yeah i will do that.

adjohns3adjohns3 replied

GREAT lessons for sure! Only thing I disagree with is whomever rated the lessons with this one being about 2 1/2 guitars...about as EASY as any??? Wow!

vikingbluesvikingblues replied

This has got me even more interested in learning a cover version. It's so interesting to see a lot of the threads in previous Phase 2 lessons coming together in playing a whole piece. Clearly explained and with the usual enthusiasm which makes learning so much more of a pleasure. Thanks for this one Hawkeye - I know that I'll be working on this for quite a while.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Great! Thanks for the comments. As I mentioned previously, my Phase Two lessons are designed to be followed in the order they are presented. My lessons in Phase Three are based on pulling much of the information from Phase Two into understandable and practical applications in a variety of songs. I hope you continue to enjoy the process of learning and playing blues guitar.

jkrivisjkrivis replied

This song has the whole package you've been talking about for 100+ lessons!

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

That's right, Jeff. Thanks for noticing and saying so. My Phase Two lessons are not arranged in random order. I have given a great deal of thought and planning as to the content and order of each lesson. That's why I keep reminding students to avoid 'cherry picking'/skipping around in the order of the Phase Two lessons. 'Cherry pick,' and you'll still learn a lot of good, but random, information ... follow the Phase Two lessons in the order they are presented and you will gain a strong understanding and foundation in blues music ... and that's what allow a student to understand, learn, and play the material I present in Phase Three. Thanks again. I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

tajiktajik replied

YES! Now we are talking. Love the solo! great to see you in phase three hawkeye.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks. There's more to come. :-) I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons.

mattbrownmattbrown replied

The supplemental content is now posted.

skaterstuskaterstu replied

I agree, actually I have not done many of your Blues lessons yet as I have been learning electric blues, but these phase 3 songs are a real nice surprise, and its making me want to pick up my acoustic and do more of your lessons (as I much prefer using the acoustic, and secretly have been doing the electric blues using the acoustic as I have far more control over an acoustic than I do my electric). Thanks Hawkeye, that Rev Gary Davis phase 3 wasn't just a new song to learn but something actually clicked, and I have really learned something deeper. Many thanks.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Very much appreciated. I hope you enjoy exploring blues guitar, acoustic and/or electric guitar ... forever. I hope that making the 'deeper personal connection' through music and guitar will always lift your spirits and bring you enjoyment.

mbaribembaribe replied

Hello Hawkeye, I love your lessons. Every time I log onto the site I'm always hoping you have a new lesson and more often that not, I'm delited with a new lesson. I never want to put my guitar down. Thanks, Mark

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied

Thanks so much, Mark. That's my goal, to get you to always look forward to time spending time with the guitar and enjoying the process of learning and playing ... forever. Again, thanks so much for your kind words and for traveling with me on the 'blues highway' here at

Songs with Hawkeye Herman

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Hawkeye Herman teaches classic blues songs.

Death Don't Have No MercyLesson 1

Death Don't Have No Mercy

Hawkeye teaches the classic song "Death Don't Have No Mercy" by Reverend Gary Davis.

Length: 23:38 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Baby What You Want Me To DoLesson 2

Baby What You Want Me To Do

Hawkeye teaches his interpretation of the classic Jimmy Reed blues song, "Baby What You Want Me To Do."

Length: 25:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Give Me a Grandma Every TimeLesson 3

Give Me a Grandma Every Time

Hawkeye introduces one of his original songs entitled "Give Me a Grandma Every Time." This song features many techniques taught in the Phase 2 Blues Series.

Length: 14:22 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
I Used to Ride that TrainLesson 4

I Used to Ride that Train

Hawkeye presents another original song entitled "I Used to Ride that Train."

Length: 33:24 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
St. James InfirmaryLesson 5

St. James Infirmary

Hawkeye presents his take on an 18th century traditional folk song. Hawkeye breaks down all of the techniques used in his rendition of the song.

Length: 38:08 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Rocket to ChicagoLesson 6

Rocket to Chicago

Jump on board with Hawkeye as he demonstrates his song "Rocket to Chicago." With this song, Hawkeye uses his guitar to imitate the sound and feel of a steam engine train.

Length: 11:42 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Hawkeye Herman

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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