Mississippi John Hurt 10-Pack
Mississippi John Hurt was one of the most popular and influential guitarists in the Country Blues Style. His playing was graceful and complemented his gentle voice perfectly. Most of his songs featured Travis-style alternate bass picking, although he was generally not concerned with traditional harmony or establishing consistent patterns, as much as creating a solid and fascinating accompaniment to his songs. He commonly played in 4 different keys, and in this package we look at an example of each one, as well as a very basic instrumental to get started.
Lesson 1: Ain't No Tellin' Guitar Lesson - Mississippi John Hurt
Ain't No Tellin' by Mississippi John Hurt takes us into another of his favorite keys, C Major, and uses most of his typical licks in that key. It is an example of the 16-bar blues form, really more of a folk form, that he commonly used as well. The Travis-style accompaniment includes using the left thumb to wrap around to fret the 6th string for F chords, but otherwise the main challenges with the song are the speed and synchronizing the vocals.
Lesson 2: Candy Man Blues Guitar Lesson - Mississippi John Hurt
Candy Man Blues is by Mississippi John Hurt and is one of his more complex songs. It features the alternating bass technique but not always in the standard order. It also uses some passing bass notes and unusual inversions of chords where open bass strings are used that are not normally part of the chord. It is in the key of A and includes some interesting chord shapes up the neck in the solo section.
Lesson 3: Got The Blues Guitar Lesson - Mississippi John Hurt
Got The Blues, Can't Be Satisfied is another example of Mississippi John Hurt's delicate fingerpicking style. It uses his typical alternating bass accompaniment to little licks and fills in the key of G. It is a modified 12-bar progression, having 2 extra half measures to complete a signature fill of his and particularly challenging because it is played pretty quickly and includes vocals sung over a couple of bluesy licks
Lesson 4: Shake That Thing Guitar Lesson - Mississippi John Hurt
As was alluded to in our Country Blues Volume 1 set of lessons, we are bringing you some fingerstyle blues by Mississippi John Hurt. One of his simplest songs is Shake That Thing, a tune that showcases some easy licks in the key of G and is our starting point for exploring more from this blues legend.
Lesson 5: Stagolee Guitar Lesson - Mississippi John Hurt
Stagolee is another staple in the Country Blues world from Mississippi John Hurt. His arrangement showcases an unusual 11-bar blues form and is done with a steady alternating bass in the key of D. Like many of his tunes, it features clever, but simple licks found in the chord shapes.
Lesson 6: Spike Driver Blues by Mississippi John Hurt - Guitar Lesson
This is one feel-good fingerpickin’ blues tune from Mississippi John Hurt. With a bouncy swing feel and some easy to play chicken pickin’ licks, this lesson is chock full of great music and cool tips to help get your finger picking up to speed.
Lesson 7: Casey Jones by Mississippi John Hurt - Guitar Lesson
There are few old blues fingerpickers that have been as prolific as Mississippi John Hurt. His unique style and seemingly easy, but truly challenging technique will give even the most experienced fingerpicker a challenge.
This song showcases his abilities like no other, and if you want to improve your playing, especially your fingerpicking than this is the lesson for you!
Lesson 8: See See Rider by Mississippi John Hurt - Guitar Lesson
If you’re a fan of blues and fingerpicking than it hardly gets better than Mississippi John Hurt. His raw and emotional style of songwriting mixed with his impressive guitar technique makes for top caliber music all around. In this lesson we cover one of his classic hits from beginning to end including his trademark thumb technique similar to Travis picking.
By the end of this lesson you’ll be fingerpicking the blues like the old master himself!
Lesson 9: Nobody's Business But My Own - Acoustic Guitar Lesson
This old timey blues tune by Mississippi John Hurt is a shining example of great songwriting. By accompanying his voice with some simple chords that he outlines using a fingerpicking technique (which you’ll learn) he is able to craft some amazing feel and music.
In this lesson you’ll get the full scoop on how to play Mississippi’s unique brand of fingerpicking and all the licks that go into this blues classic.
Lesson 10: Big Leg Blues by Mississippi John Hurt - Guitar Lesson
For you fingerpickers out there, it hardly gets better than Mississippi John Hurt. This tune is a classic of his that showcases some of his old-timey techniques and phrasing all within the context of just a few simple chords.
If you’re looking to take your fingerpicking from just average to excellent, Mississippi’s songs are the place to start, and this one is a perfect chance to get you picking like the mater himself!