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  • Actors: Stefan Grossman
  • Directors: Stefan Grossman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Grossman Guitar Workshop
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062J0MG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Open tunings have always been an integral part of the Country Blues Guitar tradition. In this approach the guitar is tuned to a full chord. Most blues players began playing the guitar in an open tuning as it made playing much easier yet gave the guitar a much stronger and richer sound. For a minimum of effort you can produce a maximum of sound, rhythm and music. The most popular Country Blues tunings were the Open G tuning, also called Spanish tuning and the Open D tuning, also called Vestapol tuning. Also used by a few Delta guitarists such as Skip James and Bukka White was the Crossnote tuning where your guitar is tuned to an Open Em chord. In this lesson we will explore all three tunings with seven exciting fingerstyle blues arrangements. Also discussed are Delta blues ideas in Open G tuning as well as applying bottleneck techniques in an open tuning setting. Each tune is taught phrase by phrase and the played slowly on a split-screen. A detailed tab/music booklet is included. Tunes include: Open D Tuning: Vestapol, John Henry, If You Don't Want Me Open G Tuning: Working On The New Railroad, Special Rider Blues Crossnote Tuning: Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues and I'm So Glad. 101 minutes

About the Actor

Stefan Grossman has been recording, performing, and writing about acoustic fingerstyle techniques and styles for more than 30 years. At age 15 he started taking lessons from the legendary bluesman the late Rev. Gary Davis. He also learned music from records by Brownie McGhee and Lightnin' Hopkins. When Grossman was 18, he formed the Even Dozen Jug Band with guitarist Steve Katz, harmonicist/singer John Sebastian and pianist Josh Rifkin. The group recorded the LP Even Dozen Jug Band [out of print] for Elektra in 1964. At the same time, Stefan became more interested in his work as a blues researcher. During the period from 1965-1975 he studied and traveled with some of the legendary figures in the world of blues guitar-- Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and other great black American bluesmen and songsters. From this experience Stefan authored his landmark five-volume series for Oak Publications that presented these styles to pickers worldwide. In 1973 Stefan co-founded Kicking Mule Records to counter the shortage of good instructional guitar records and music. With a lineup of artists including guitarists Dave Evans, Ton Van Bergeyk, Happy Traum, Duck Baker, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Davy Graham, Kicking Mule has been instrumental in promoting and preserving the best in blues, ragtime, and contemporary picking. Stefan has played with bands all over the world and has recorded numerous CDs. He has also written many books that have been published or distributed by Mel Bay Publications

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hyatt on October 27, 2008
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Another 5 Star Grossman DVD!
This is another in his series on the Blues (see my reviews on How to Play the Blues, Volumes 1-3)>

If you have experienced Grossman before, skip the review and get the DVD. If you are new to Grossman, he is, like so many others, a gift musician. But what sets him apart is that he is also a gifted guitar teacher. Able to anticipate struggles of his students, he will pause and repeat himself carefully. Another dominant theme for Grossman is to build "line upon line, precept upon precept" where he builds, one lick at a time, entire songs. This is most evident on his 3 DVD series on How to Play the Blues in which one song is carefully chosen as a stepping stone to another. "Blues Solos" which is another great DVD follows in this pathway, but is best left to those who finish the first 3 volumes. Next, for those who love the opening tune of most of his DVDs, comes Open Tunings, "Vestapol", which is the first song he teaches!

Taking nothing for granted, he even teaches the proper method to tuning the guitar (not just relying upon an electronic tuner) and carefully shows some simple chord changes. He then builds upon this foundation which will carry you throughout the DVD. He does not rush, though a careful use of the pause button is essential for DVD lessons, and takes the student through some exciting sounds in Open Tunings.

Are you ready for this DVD?

If you are familiar with the blues and can play the alternating bass, then you are ready, though I strongly urge his series recommended above, as the three steps to this DVD. Blues Solos follows nicely in this pattern.

All in all, another 5 star DVD from Grossman.
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All content in these "Blues Guitar" sets is top notch and the instruction is concise and well thought out. A++
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna K Golden on January 22, 2012
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Arrived quickly and in great condition. Previously viewed on Netflix, so we knew that we wanted to purchase. Great for beginners!
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