How to Play Rocket to Chicago by Hawkeye Herman (Guitar Lesson)

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Hawkeye Herman

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.

Taught by Hawkeye Herman in Songs with Hawkeye Herman seriesLength: 11:42Difficulty: 4.0 of 5

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barry12barry12 replied on February 22nd, 2011

as usual another great blues lesson, love the songs u do just realized playing blues is not hard at all, it just takes some patience to get up to speed. thanks hawkeye. and just a note my wife and i are driving to memphis and nashville in sept for vacaion i'm so excited memphis home of the blues, can't

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on February 22nd, 2011

Thanks so much for the kind words and for enjoying these lessons, Barry. Very much appreciated. Have a great time in Memphis, stroll down Beale Street ... eat lots of BBQ ... and hear some live blues music. Again, thanks so much for enjoying these lessons.

gotatelegotatele replied on February 21st, 2011

"great ", yep that says it all

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on February 21st, 2011

Thanks so much. Neil. You can view the lyrics here: ... and view the video here: ... I hope you continue to enjoy these lessons. ;-)

Songs with Hawkeye Herman

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Hawkeye Herman teaches classic blues songs.

Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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

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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