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Arranging Folk and Blues Songs

Orville Johnson, leading roots-Americana guitarist and Dobro player, instructor, and recording artist, walks you through the complete music and lyrics to 10 traditional songs in Arranging Folk and Blues Songs. Johnson, who has guested on more than 400 albums, performed with numerous legends of Americana including Laurie Lewis and Jerry Douglas, and appeared on film soundtracks as wellas TV and radio shows such as Garrison Keillor's beloved A Prairie Home Companion, has a down-home approach to teaching, which makes the fingerstyle accompaniment and solos he presents here go down like honey.

In addition to video, this series includes PDF downloads with supplementary material - music notation, TAB, and additional instruction. This is yours to keep! We recommend opening in a new window for side-by-side viewing with the video or printing out a hard copy.



Publisher: Acoustic Guitar Magazine
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Orville Johnson

Orville Johnson was born and raised in the southern Illinois heartland. He acquired his love of singing as a youth in the fundamentalist Pentecostal church he attended and, when he later began playing guitar and dobro, responded to the roots music that surrounded him by learning to play the blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music that are all part of the mosaic that characterizes his own mongrel music.

He is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, the top dobro player on the West Coast of America and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician. As his entry in the Encyclopedia of Northwest Music (Sasquatch Press 1999) states, he has become a vital figure on the NW music scene in the twenty-some years he’s lived there, appearing on over 500 CDs, movie and video soundtracks, commercials, producing 22 CDs for other artists, and hosting a roots music radio show.

Orville is also known as a patient and insightful teacher of music and has taught often at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop as well as the International Guitar Seminar, Port Townsend Blues Workshop, Euro-Blues Workshop, British Columbia Bluegrass Workshop and others.

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