Truefire - David Hamburger's Fingerstyle Blues Factory (2014)
Nicolo Paganini and Robert Johnson sold their souls to the devil. That’s a pretty high price to pay to master one’s instrument. We can certainly sympathize with their urgency because who wants to spend twenty or more years shedding day and night? Who has that kind of time any more? So hey, to each his own. Meanwhile, that option is no longer on the table. Beelzebub quit the music biz and is now doing quite well in politics and corporate affairs. So you’re left with two options; carve out the twenty years in the shed, or roll up your sleeves and go to work for a month or two with David Hamburger in his Fingerstyle Blues Factory.
OK, the twenty years in the shed is still the only path to real mastery, but David will indeed get you up and running more quickly than you could ever imagine. And once you’re up and running with the right and left-hand techniques, vocabulary and performance skills that you’ll acquire in the Factory, you’ll be adequately equipped and inspired to spend those twenty years pursuing that mastery.
“We're going to look at ways to play over both a steady-bass and alternating thumb bass, and focus on building our vocabulary in two of the most common keys for fingerstyle blues, E and A. Along the way we'll pick up moves in the styles of key players like Robert Johnson and Lightnin' Hopkins, learn essential chord voicings and turnarounds, explore syncopation, quarter-tone bends and other high-end concepts. By the time we're done, you'll have dozens of new licks under your fingers and eight whole choruses of fingerstyle blues to play.”
Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of fingerstyle blues tunes are performed in the keys of E and A and so, David set-up the Factory across six sections, all focused on those two keys. Each section builds on the key learnings acquired from the preceding sections to develop all of the fundamental skills and requisite vocabulary you’ll need to expand your repertoire exponentially.
In the first, second, third and fourth sections you’ll acquire a very tasty and very versatile vocabulary of licks, vamps, chord voicings and other essential moves to play over E, A, D and B chords (the 1, 4 and 5 chords for the keys of E and A). David will guide you through all of the techniques, rhythmic approaches and creative nuances needed to bring that vocabulary to life on your fretboard.
The fifth section delivers eight E and A turnarounds to distinguish your fingerstyle blues performances and then in the sixth and final section, you’ll put it all to work across four performance etudes: Rosedale Blues, South St Pete, Right Or Ronk and Ham’s Boogie. David performs the etude and then breaks it down for you move-by-move. Everything in the course is tabbed and notated.
You’ll play your way through the Fingerstyle Blues Factory. No tedious theory or boring exercises to struggle through. Hands down, there is no better, or quicker way to get squarely in the fingerstyle blues game.