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Real Folk Blues Finger-Style Workshop: Paul Mowbray

Sat. November 16th 2013 12:30pm - 2:00pm Larsen School Of Music (All Ages) 12:30pm - 2:00pm
The masterful playing of the early acoustic blues fingerstyle guitar players is fascinating. These artists have learned to give a complete accompaniment to their vocals with strong rhythm, creative chord voicings, rhythmic complexity, catchy riffs, great licks, and clever bass-lines. This workshop is a tribute to these artists and studying this music will advance any fingerstyle guitarist.

What to expect

For each class, one carefully chosen song will be studied in depth. Accurate tabs and mp3’s (slowed down) of the chosen song will be made available. From this basis, other songs in a similar playing style will be examined and new riffs, licks, chords, and rhythms will be explored. As the workshop progresses, there will be opportunities to play and practice the songs that have been introduced. Workshop participants are encouraged to suggest songs for study.

Materials covered:


John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, Lightning Hopkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and more.


Serves Me Right to Suffer, Down In the Dirt Road Blues, Lay Me Down A Pallet, Marbletown, Baby Please Don’t Go, and more.

Techniques covered:

Right hand

-thumb and finger independence, clawhammer, thumb/index style picking
-Blues rhythm grooves, muting and percussive hits, bassline

Left hand

-chord work in the fundamental keys, licks, turnarounds
-bends, embellishments, bassline

Who is it for?

Players should be comfortable with basic open position chords and strumming in 4/4 time. Paul ensures that all students, of all levels, have plenty of material to learn and take home to work with. Intermediate to advanced students will enjoy the challenge of mastering these great guitar songs.

The workshop runs on Saturdays, November 16, 23, 30 and December 7* from 12:30-2pm. Cost is $85 for all four weeks.

*Please note date change from poster.

Register today! 250-389-1988 ext. 3201
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