Get to know the nuts and bolts of fingerstyle country-blues and other rootsy styles with this series of in-depth lessons by blues-guitar expert Steve James. You’ll learn essential chord shapes and picking patterns in standard and open tunings, with and without the bottleneck slide, as well as a wealth of melodic vocabulary. You’ll also discover how these devices work in a wide range of traditional and blues settings. All examples are provided in standard notation and tablature, available to download as PDF, to accompany the videos so that you can see and hear exactly how they’re played.
Publisher: Acoustic Guitar
Steve James is a blues musician, a notable songwriter (Talco Girl, Farewell The Roses, Sonny Payne, Birmingham Steel to name a few), one of the best modern bottleneck slide players, a storyteller and a compendium of interesting facts. In the world of contemporary acoustic and roots music, he’s earned his reputation with decades of tireless international touring, a stack of solo recordings, a funny, kinetic stage presence and an unmistakable style of playing and singing.
He’s shared his creative instrumental approach on guitar, slide guitar and mandolin with books, print lessons, DVDs and online tutorials for Acoustic Guitar and Homespun.
His own recordings engage with other top notch musicians- Cindy Cashdollar, the Bad Livers, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Del Rey and a host of others. As a sideman, both on stage and on record, he’s played with Howard Armstrong, Bo Diddley, John Hammond, Maria Muldaur, Furry Lewis and James McMurtry…he often gets a shout-out to “get on up here” from the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Hot Tuna or Chip Taylor. He has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion”, “Austin City Limits Live”, “NPR Morning Edition” and many other syndicated broadcasts worldwide.