The Blues Guitar Style Of Big Bill Broonzy
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- The Blues Guitar Style Of Big Bill Broonzy
- About Big Bill Broonzy
- Broonzy Style Warm Ups And Riffs
- Seven Big Bill Study Tunes Including:
- Broonzy Blues
- St Louis Blues
- Hey Hey
- House Rent Stomp
- Guitar Shuffle
- Glory Of Love
- Slow Blues
- Students should be able to play the basics of fingerstyle guitar.
- Read Tablature For Guitar.
- Read Chord Windows
- Be Able To Download Resources Like PDFs And Powertab
Big Bill Broonzy was one of the undisputed kings of Ragtime Blues. Along side players like Blind Blake and The Rev Gary Davies he can be rated among the greatest exponents of this style. He was an accomplished player of all the guitar styles of the day and served a long and established career as a Chicago sideman to some of the most famous musicians in the boom time of blues and jazz in the 30's and 40's.
In this course you'll be exploring mainly his unique solo acoustic technique using six classic Broonzy instrumentals such as 'The Guitar Shuffle', 'Hey Hey', and 'House Rent Stomp' and one of my own Broonzy style tunes called 'Broonzy Blues'. If you're new to fingerstyle blues there are lots of Broonzy warm up exercises to prepare you for his thumping guitar style. I'll be playing the complete pieces and then giving you bar breakdowns so you can see how it's done.
- All guitarists who have an interest in learning the authentic styles of Big Bill Bronzy
- Advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced players are all welcome!
- Players who want to expand their knowledge of fingerstyle blues.
An introduction by Rick Payne. Please download the accompaning PDF file.
Windows users should download free Powertab Player from Powertab.net
Mac users should download the free app TEF View from the Mac Store to play the Powertab files that are associated with the study tunes later in the course.
If you're new to fingerstyle blues and ragtime it would be a good idea to try the following exercises. Big Bill's style involved using a thumb and finger independance routine. The thumb would keep a very steady four beat pattern, or alternating pattern, whilst the fingers picked or strummed an independant, syncopated arrangement on the top strings. It takes a bit of practice to do this but is an essential part of his great, stomping style
'Broonzy Blues' is my own tribute to the stomping style of Big Bill Broonzy and is a fairly easy piece to play. It's based around the three chord blues progression in A and uses very typical Broonzy
style chords which differ from the conventional shapes. These chords are played against a constant bass pattern for maximum Broonzy effect.
As with all the study tunes and breakdowns please download the PDF resource file and Powertab file.