Edited and Transcribed by Stefan Grossman
Blues, rags and holy blues from the playing of the fingerstyle genius, Rev. Gary Davis are presented in this new collection. A CD is included that features Rev. Davis playing all 13 tunes.
Titles include: Goin’ To Sit Down On The Banks Of The River, Great Change Since I’ve Been Born, A Little More Faith, Pure Religion, Buck Rag, I Am The Light Of The World, You Better Mind, Walkin’ Dog Blues, Let Us Get Together, The Angel’s Message To Me, Make Believe Stunt, Cocaine Blues, God’s Gonna Separate
Level 3/4 • 80 pages • 1 CD
Review: This book is perfect for what it is. This is the kind of book that I really have wanted for a while. I have been playing guitar for thirteen years, have taken college jazz guitar courses, have played fingerstyle guitar for at least six years, and get really impatient with instructional material. Usually I will disagree with what the material is saying and then cite many other sources from my past experiences as a historian would in an essay.
As I said in my review of the Lonnie Johnson book, there is no instruction in the formal sense. It would be a lie to say that the book does teach anything, but the instruction is natural and authentic. Imagine you just bought a Rev. Gary Davis CD without having heard it and that you are trusting that Stefan Grossman has compiled a strong selection of songs (a good move, as he knows what he is doing). Now imagine that you opened up the linear notes book and VOILA, there are the tabs and transcriptions for every song on the disc. It is absolutely perfect for what it is.
For those people who really want the formal instruction and advise on the how to play, pick up some of Stefan Grossman's other guitar books, such as the Complete Fingerstyle Guitar or Complete Country Blues Guitar. Those will actually teach you in the formal sense. This is laid out for someone who has read through those materials or can't be bothered and just wants to play like they played in the long and distant past.
Play on, my friends. Play on.
Peace. – Brian Olson/Amazon Customer Review