New Videos 2021

KENNY SULTAN – The Guitar Style of Lightnin’ Hopkins
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In this class Kenny will be covering blues in the style of Lightnin’ Hopkins. He will focus on signature riffs and techniques used to create the Lightnin’ Hopkins sound. The emphasis will be playing in the “style" of Lightnin’, not copying him. This will allow for greater individual creativity and for students to find their own sound.

WILL WILDE – Harmonica 10 Minutes with Will Wilde
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

What are you working on? Is there anything with regards to the harmonica you need help with? Will’s workshop will attempt to answer these questions by giving you practical advice and tips to advance your playing. Each student will decide what to cover and the lesson will be tailored individually. Everyone will be allowed 10 minutes maximum (one to one). Depending on how many people turn up, the time may vary since we only have 45 minutes. For all levels.

MARK WENNER – Harmonica Melody (rather than licks) over a 12 bar blues
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

A lick is a mini melody, three or five notes. Every instrument has delightful little licks that we discover quickly as we begin to explore it. Once we master the instrument, we learn to make it do what we hear in our heads rather than let its innate licks simply repeat themselves over and over. When that happens, then we are playing melodies. We are playing music. For all levels.

RICK FRANKLIN - Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Rick’s lesson will focus on the ballad and history of Lee Shelton (aka Stagger Lee, aka Stack'O Lee) and William ‘Billy’ Lyons. In 1895 in a North St. Louis saloon during the course of an argument, Billy snatched Lee’s Stetson hat from his head, whereupon Lee first struck and then shot him. Billy died of his wound shortly thereafter, and Lee was sentenced to a twenty-five-year prison term. Rick will examine the Taj Mahal version and versions by John Cephas, John Hurt, and Doc Watson.

HOMESICK MAC - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Mac will be explaining both musical and technical aspects of slide guitar playing for beginners. He says this might also be interesting for players with more experience. Mac likes to teach through a song that inspires and will focus on the music of Blind Willie McTell.

MICHAEL & ABIE - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

The lesson will focus on the song ‘Black Rat Swing’ by Memphis Minnie in the key of E. The song will be used to demonstrate playing melodies in the style of John Cephas and John Jackson. We will show you how they shape the song to fit their personality on it and change it to suit the way they play.

ADAM FRANKLIN - Mandolin Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

vIn this 45-minute zoom lesson, Adam Franklin takes a deeper look into the techniques used in a Charlie McCoy mandolin solo.

 

EDDIE MARTIN - Intermediate Slide Guitar
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

In this Zoom video lesson, Eddie Martin shows how to play "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground" on slide guitar (tuning in D).

 

SONNY BLACK - Intermediate Fingerpicking Guitar
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

In this zoom lesson, Sonny Black takes a look at how to play a twelve-bar Blues tune in drop D tuning (D, A, D, G, B, D) as well as adding some extra elements to it. Beginners feel free to give a go too!

To find the lesson tabs, click here

To find the lesson chords, click here

JOHN MILLER - Intermediate Fingerpicking Guitar
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In this 50-minute zoom lesson, John Miller gives his advice on how to re-arrange songs into different positions on the guitar and in new tunings.

ABI BUDGEN - Beginner Fingerpicking Guitar (Part.1)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Part 1: In this three part mini-series, Abi takes a look at how to play Blind Lemon Jefferson's "One Dime Blues". This class is intended for beginners and is played in the key of E and requires standard tuning (E A D G B E).

ABI BUDGEN - Beginner Fingerpicking Guitar (Part.2)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Part 2: In this three part mini-series, Abi takes a look at how to play Blind Lemon Jefferson's "One Dime Blues". This class is intended for beginners and is played in the key of E and requires standard tuning (E A D G B E).

ABI BUDGEN - Beginner Fingerpicking Guitar (Part.3)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Part 3: In this three part mini-series, Abi takes a look at how to play Blind Lemon Jefferson's "One Dime Blues". This class is intended for beginners and is played in the key of E and requires standard tuning (E A D G B E).

WILL WILDE - Intermediate Harmonica Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In this lesson, Will Wilde takes a look at some examples of how to play 12-bar blues turnaround endings.

WILL WILDE - Intermediate Harmonica Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In this Zoom lesson, Will Wilde takes a look at 12 bar Blues bass lines, scale theory and positions for the harmonica and how you can play the same riff over different chords.

ADAM FRANKLIN - Beginner Slide Guitar
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

In this video for beginners, Adam Franklin dives into "Spanish Fandango" in Spanish tuning (D, G, D, G, B, D).

ADAM FRANKLIN - Advanced Slide Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In this video, Adam Franklin dives a bit deeper into some more tunes in Spanish tuning (D, G, D, G, B, D). This video is intended for advanced players, but beginners feel free to give it a go too.

EDDIE MARTIN - Beginner Harmonica
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

In this video, Eddie Martin takes a look at the fundamentals of playing the harmonica for absolute beginners.

HOMESICK MAC - Beginner Slide Guitar
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

In part 1 of 2 videos, Homesick Mac takes a look at CC Rider and the beginner techniques for playing the slide guitar.

HOMESICK MAC - Advanced Slide Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In part 2 of 2, Homesick Mac continues looking at CC Rider, but this time focusing on more advanced tricks and tips. If you've tried part 1 and are looking for a bit more of a challenge, feel free to have a go!

Blues Harmonica (2020)

EDDIE MARTIN - Harmonica Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Eddie Martin uses the Train Blue to introduce and improve upon a range of techniques for beginner and intermediate harmonica players. He also covers the basics of how to use a harmonica for new players.

MARK WENNER - Melody Lines Harmonica Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In his intermediate to advanced harmonica lesson, Mark Wenner discusses the techniques to explore melody lines in Blues as well as in one or two other familiar tunes. Beginners feel free to give it a go too!

WILL WILDE - Harmonica Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

This is a class for intermediate and advanced players who are looking to improve on their 12 bar shuffle Blues. This lesson is in the key of C and focuses on the tongue-block technique.

Bottleneck Slide Guitar (2020)

ADAM FRANKLIN - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner
Tuning: Vestapol (D A D F# A D)

In his beginner tutorial, Adam Franklin gives an introductory lesson to beginner Blues slide guitar. All you need to play along is a slide and a guitar!

ADAM FRANKLIN - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate
Tuning: Vestapol (D A D F# A D)

In this video, Adam Franklin covers a familiar Elmore James tune in Vestapol tuning (D A D F# A D). This video is intended for intermediate players, but beginners feel free to give it a go too!

ADAM FRANKLIN - Mandolin Lesson BONUS VIDEO!
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Key: G

In this beginner session, Adam Franklin takes a look at some Chicago Mandolin Blues in the Key of G! Why not try something new?

HOMESICK MAC - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner
Tuning: Open G (D G D G B D)

Homesick Mac covers the fundamentals of slider guitar for beginner players including everything from what type of slide to use and how to get a clean sound from it. Intermediate players feel free to refresh your skills here too!

HOMESICK MAC - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Tuning: Open G (D G D G B D)

In his intermediate to advanced tutorial, Homesick Mac shows some useful slide guitar tips including muting and dampening the strings by covering a familiar tune.

SONNY BLACK - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Tuning: Vestapol (D A D F# A D)

In this lesson, Sonny Black covers some of the fundamentals of slide guitar, but also more advanced techniques for intermediate players.

Country Blues Fingerpicking (2020)

MICHAEL ROACH - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

Michael Roach looks at the 12 bar blues (in the key of A) for Beginners. Stay tuned for more videos from Michael in different tunings!

SONNY BLACK - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

In his intermediate fingerpicking class, Sonny Black covers a familiar tune and helps to break it down to learn!

RICK FRANKLIN - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson (Part. 1)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

Rick Franklin takes a look at some of the topics he will be covering at the next Blues Week including using alternating bass lines! His classes are intended for both beginner and intermediate players.

RICK FRANKLIN - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson (Part. 2)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

In this second part, Rick Franklin takes a look at some of the songs he will be covering in his session at the next Blues week!

JOHN MILLER - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

John Miller looks at how the guitar can complement the vocals in Country Blues by covering 'Saturday Blues'. This class is for all levels of guitar playing.

JOHN MILLER - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate
Tuning: Open G (D G D G B D)

In this intermediate class, John Miller looks at how the thumb can be used for other techniques than just covering the bass of a song. He covers the fundamentals in another familiar tune!

KENNY SULTAN - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

Kenny Sultan covers how to keep a steady bass and chord structure whilst adding extra melody elements. This lesson is for intermediate players, but beginners, feel free to give it a go too!

ABI BUDGEN - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson (Part. 1)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

In this two part series, Abi Budgen takes a look at "You Got to Walk that Lonesome Valley" by Mississippi John Hurt. This video is part one.

To find the tab and chord sheets for this lesson press on the following links:
Lonesome Valley TAB Melody
Lonesome Valley Chords & Lyrics.

ABI BUDGEN - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson (Part. 2)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

This is the second video of the two-part series where Abi Budgen covers a familiar tune. Both beginners and others a welcome to give it a go!

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New Videos 2021

HOMESICK MAC - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Mac will be explaining both musical and technical aspects of slide guitar playing for beginners. He says this might also be interesting for players with more experience. Mac likes to teach through a song that inspires and will focus on the music of Blind Willie McTell.

MICHAEL & ABIE - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

The lesson will focus on the song ‘Black Rat Swing’ by Memphis Minnie in the key of E. The song will be used to demonstrate playing melodies in the style of John Cephas and John Jackson. We will show you how they shape the song to fit their personality on it and change it to suit the way they play.

ADAM FRANKLIN - Mandolin Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

vIn this 45-minute zoom lesson, Adam Franklin takes a deeper look into the techniques used in a Charlie McCoy mandolin solo.

 

EDDIE MARTIN - Intermediate Slide Guitar
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

In this Zoom video lesson, Eddie Martin shows how to play "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground" on slide guitar (tuning in D).

 

SONNY BLACK - Intermediate Fingerpicking Guitar
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

In this zoom lesson, Sonny Black takes a look at how to play a twelve-bar Blues tune in drop D tuning (D, A, D, G, B, D) as well as adding some extra elements to it. Beginners feel free to give a go too!

To find the lesson tabs, click here

To find the lesson chords, click here

JOHN MILLER - Intermediate Fingerpicking Guitar
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In this 50-minute zoom lesson, John Miller gives his advice on how to re-arrange songs into different positions on the guitar and in new tunings.

ABI BUDGEN - Beginner Fingerpicking Guitar (Part.1)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Part 1: In this three part mini-series, Abi takes a look at how to play Blind Lemon Jefferson's "One Dime Blues". This class is intended for beginners and is played in the key of E and requires standard tuning (E A D G B E).

ABI BUDGEN - Beginner Fingerpicking Guitar (Part.2)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Part 2: In this three part mini-series, Abi takes a look at how to play Blind Lemon Jefferson's "One Dime Blues". This class is intended for beginners and is played in the key of E and requires standard tuning (E A D G B E).

ABI BUDGEN - Beginner Fingerpicking Guitar (Part.3)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Part 3: In this three part mini-series, Abi takes a look at how to play Blind Lemon Jefferson's "One Dime Blues". This class is intended for beginners and is played in the key of E and requires standard tuning (E A D G B E).

WILL WILDE - Intermediate Harmonica Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In this lesson, Will Wilde takes a look at some examples of how to play 12-bar blues turnaround endings.

WILL WILDE - Intermediate Harmonica Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In this Zoom lesson, Will Wilde takes a look at 12 bar Blues bass lines, scale theory and positions for the harmonica and how you can play the same riff over different chords.

ADAM FRANKLIN - Beginner Slide Guitar
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

In this video for beginners, Adam Franklin dives into "Spanish Fandango" in Spanish tuning (D, G, D, G, B, D).

ADAM FRANKLIN - Advanced Slide Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In this video, Adam Franklin dives a bit deeper into some more tunes in Spanish tuning (D, G, D, G, B, D). This video is intended for advanced players, but beginners feel free to give it a go too.

EDDIE MARTIN - Beginner Harmonica
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

In this video, Eddie Martin takes a look at the fundamentals of playing the harmonica for absolute beginners.

HOMESICK MAC - Beginner Slide Guitar
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

In part 1 of 2 videos, Homesick Mac takes a look at CC Rider and the beginner techniques for playing the slide guitar.

HOMESICK MAC - Advanced Slide Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In part 2 of 2, Homesick Mac continues looking at CC Rider, but this time focusing on more advanced tricks and tips. If you've tried part 1 and are looking for a bit more of a challenge, feel free to have a go!

Blues Harmonica (2020)

EDDIE MARTIN - Harmonica Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Eddie Martin uses the Train Blue to introduce and improve upon a range of techniques for beginner and intermediate harmonica players. He also covers the basics of how to use a harmonica for new players.

MARK WENNER - Melody Lines Harmonica Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

In his intermediate to advanced harmonica lesson, Mark Wenner discusses the techniques to explore melody lines in Blues as well as in one or two other familiar tunes. Beginners feel free to give it a go too!

WILL WILDE - Harmonica Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced

This is a class for intermediate and advanced players who are looking to improve on their 12 bar shuffle Blues. This lesson is in the key of C and focuses on the tongue-block technique.

Bottleneck Slide Guitar (2020)

ADAM FRANKLIN - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner
Tuning: Vestapol (D A D F# A D)

In his beginner tutorial, Adam Franklin gives an introductory lesson to beginner Blues slide guitar. All you need to play along is a slide and a guitar!

ADAM FRANKLIN - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate
Tuning: Vestapol (D A D F# A D)

In this video, Adam Franklin covers a familiar Elmore James tune in Vestapol tuning (D A D F# A D). This video is intended for intermediate players, but beginners feel free to give it a go too!

ADAM FRANKLIN - Mandolin Lesson BONUS VIDEO!
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Key: G

In this beginner session, Adam Franklin takes a look at some Chicago Mandolin Blues in the Key of G! Why not try something new?

HOMESICK MAC - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner
Tuning: Open G (D G D G B D)

Homesick Mac covers the fundamentals of slider guitar for beginner players including everything from what type of slide to use and how to get a clean sound from it. Intermediate players feel free to refresh your skills here too!

HOMESICK MAC - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Tuning: Open G (D G D G B D)

In his intermediate to advanced tutorial, Homesick Mac shows some useful slide guitar tips including muting and dampening the strings by covering a familiar tune.

SONNY BLACK - Slide Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Tuning: Vestapol (D A D F# A D)

In this lesson, Sonny Black covers some of the fundamentals of slide guitar, but also more advanced techniques for intermediate players.

Country Blues Fingerpicking (2020)

MICHAEL ROACH - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

Michael Roach looks at the 12 bar blues (in the key of A) for Beginners. Stay tuned for more videos from Michael in different tunings!

SONNY BLACK - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

In his intermediate fingerpicking class, Sonny Black covers a familiar tune and helps to break it down to learn!

RICK FRANKLIN - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson (Part. 1)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

Rick Franklin takes a look at some of the topics he will be covering at the next Blues Week including using alternating bass lines! His classes are intended for both beginner and intermediate players.

RICK FRANKLIN - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson (Part. 2)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

In this second part, Rick Franklin takes a look at some of the songs he will be covering in his session at the next Blues week!

JOHN MILLER - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

John Miller looks at how the guitar can complement the vocals in Country Blues by covering 'Saturday Blues'. This class is for all levels of guitar playing.

JOHN MILLER - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate
Tuning: Open G (D G D G B D)

In this intermediate class, John Miller looks at how the thumb can be used for other techniques than just covering the bass of a song. He covers the fundamentals in another familiar tune!

KENNY SULTAN - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

Kenny Sultan covers how to keep a steady bass and chord structure whilst adding extra melody elements. This lesson is for intermediate players, but beginners, feel free to give it a go too!

ABI BUDGEN - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson (Part. 1)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

In this two part series, Abi Budgen takes a look at "You Got to Walk that Lonesome Valley" by Mississippi John Hurt. This video is part one.

To find the tab and chord sheets for this lesson press on the following links:
Lonesome Valley TAB Melody
Lonesome Valley Chords & Lyrics.

ABI BUDGEN - Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson (Part. 2)
Level: Beginner / Intermediate
Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

This is the second video of the two-part series where Abi Budgen covers a familiar tune. Both beginners and others a welcome to give it a go!