• What We Learn From Solo Acoustic Blues Players / Guitar, Int./Adv.

  • with Scott Ainslie

The old men and women who created solo blues guitar were cannily taking first position chord shapes, running them up the neck and reusing them in new contexts. They were searching for voicings with open strings, and essentially, finding ways to play a guitar in standard tuning as if it were in open tuning. These strategies are useful in all solo guitar styles, not just blues and in this class we’ll explore how they thought about the guitar and how, following their lead, we can find settings on the guitar that lend themselves to elegant and successful accompaniments or instrumentals.