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Sessions Instructional Guitar Videos
of Acoustic Blues Guitar - Handful of Riffs with Woody Mann (DVD with
In Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar
- Handful of Riffs Woody Mann teaches five repertoire building
songs arranged for the intermediate fingerstyle guitarist.
Inspired by Woody's favorite traditional blues tunes, these
easy to follow arrangements teach a variety of acoustic blues
styles and sounds. Each song spotlights a specific technique
for developing fingerpicking skills, rhythmic grooves and dynamics
in your playing. Woody illustrates the syncopated fingerpicking
of Blind Blake, the single-line style riffs of Lonnie Johnson,
the melodic playing in open G tuning of Memphis Minnie, and
the unique riffs in standard tuning of Ramblin' Thomas and Bo
Carter. Woody shows how the riffs and techniques can be
applied in other songs and illustrates practical >ways to
create variations within a tune. In this fresh approach
to teaching Woody Mann has taken the complex music of the early
acoustic guitar innovators and has distilled the sounds into
clearly written instrumentals that capture the essence and beauty
of the music.
Songs include Along the Alley, Minnie's Spanish Blues, Feeling
New Old Devil, and Rambling Blues.
$25.00 82 minutes. Tab booklet included.
of Acoustic Blues Guitar - Do That Guitar Rag with Woody Mann (DVD with
In Do That Guitar Rag, Woody
Mann teaches the sounds and techniques of the classic ragtime
blues guitar style. Inspired by the early masters such as Blind
Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, Rev. Gary Davis, and Blind Boy Fuller,
Woody has written original tunes that break down the complexities
of the music into clear and playable instrumentals. Working
in standard tuning, Woody illustrates syncopated picking techniques,
chord embellishments, rhythmic bass lines, classic ragtime riffs
and demonstrates how to attain the characteristic swinging sound
of ragtime blues. Included is a Technique and Variations section
that focuses in on how to play variations in the songs and discusses
practical approaches to developing a solid overall picking technique.
Do That Guitar Rag demystifies the playing of the great ragtime
blues artists and reveals how to play the sounds and subtleties
of this exciting acoustic blues guitar style.
Songs: Midtown Fling, Late Morning Blues, Manhattan Rag,
Country Buck, Mr. Blake's Dance.
$25.00 80 minutes. Includes tab booklet.
of Acoustic Blues Guitar - Early Roots with Woody Mann (DVD with booklet)
Art of Acoustic Blues Guitar
Early Roots teaches the song forms and techniques of
early American folk and blues guitar styles. Acclaimed
blues performer and educator, Woody Mann, teaches five blues
songs based on the playing of such originators as Charley Patton,
Son House, Robert Johnson, Big Joe Williams, Scrapper Blackwell,
and Tommy Johnson. Written for the near beginner to intermediate
student, each song illustrates the techniques and approaches
of these innovators in a clear and easy to understand arrangement
of a classic theme in Open G, Open D, and standard tuning. Woody
teaches techniques including rhythmic fingerpicking, left-hand
damping, brushing and percussive right-hand techniques and syncopating
a melody. Included is a Technique and Variations section where
Woody further explores the subtleties of dynamics and phrasing
and shows how to create variations within a tune. Early
Roots offers the student the tools needed to understand and
play the music of the early masters the roots of todays
acoustic fingerstyle guitar music.
Songs: Delta Blues for Patton, Jackson Moan, Blue Daze,
$25.00 80 minutes. Includes tab booklet.
Get Silly, Children's performance DVD, with Kurt Ghallager
kids LOVe Kurt Gallagher. They've seen him perform live and
he is a wonderful performer and this energy translates onto
the video really well. He has original songs that my kids LOVE
and also does some classics as well. This DVD gets them dancing
and singing - definitely worth the price!"
new book, published by Oak Publications, Music Sales, comes
with a companion CD and features transcriptions to 18 of his
solo guitar compositions. The titles are from his albums Stories,
Stairwell Serenade, and Heading Uptown including: Heading East,
Lisboa, And 3 Not 4, Top Hat, Cat Burglar, Gypsy Girl, Slow
Motion, Mr. Guitar, A Little Love a Little Kiss, Blind Arthur's
Breakdown, and Heading Uptown.
with Susanne Vogt CD
Takes, The Sampler
in Las Vegas with John Cephas and Orville Johnson
Here And Gone - with Son House and Jo Ann Kelly
separate occasions, when Woody Mann was just a teenager, he
recorded a series of duets with Son House and JoAnn Kelly. These
recordings have recently been remixed and released for the first
time on Been Here and Gone. Mann's distinctive guitar
style is already evident and serves as a powerful accompaniment
to the classic blues vocals of the legendary Son House, and
British great Jo Ann Kelly in an intimate exchange between one
guitarist and one vocalist. On the tracks with House, the veteran
Mississippi bluesman sings with the intensity of his 1920's
recordings that recalls memories of long ago. The songs with
Jo Ann Kelly might be thought of as blues expansions.
The duo used traditional material as a springboard for their
own improvising and original songs - and Kelly sings with the
depth and creativity that has become the hallmark of her career.
Throughout the album are seven short instrumentals recently
written or arranged by Mann specifically for this CD. These
impressionistic pieces interweave throughout the vocal tracks
to create an overall unity of blues-based textures and moods.
These, along with the earlier sessions, shows Woody's ability
to capture the essence and nuances of acoustic blues guitar
playing at it's finest. "Been Here And Gone" is a
historically important recording that showcases two of the greatest
vocalists ever to sing the blues. Their timeless artistry and
powerful musical presence is as fresh today as it was then.
too long, Woody Mann has been one of America's best kept secrets.
If there was a category simply called Great Music, Woody's playing
would belong there."
incredible fingerstyle technique is perhaps only outdone by
his ability to compose and arrange. He eloquently sets perfectly
syncopated bass lines against stunning harmonic and melodic
phrasing. His roots start in the ragtime blues of Rev. Gary
Davis (his first teacher), grow through classical and jazz and
ultimately lead to a continually evolving style all his own.
never heard a more creative, or a more musical sounding guitarist.
He makes his brilliant technique a total tool of artisic expression,
never indulging it for its own sake...You can hear classical,
jazz, and blues approaches somehow converging into a single
sparkling sound a sound completely his own. Woody takes
a fresh approach to his blues re-creations and his own compositions
stunning instrumentals and tasteful vocals Woody Mann mesmerizes.
The music is at times subtle, at times explosive, and always
right on the money. Compare Woody's version of Blind Arthur's
Breakdown to the original (by Blind Blake) and you'll see that
if there's ever been a guitarist who could beat Blake at his
own game, it's Woody.
impeccable tone, gutsy phrasing, beautiful harmonies, and cool
dynamics, Mann is in a class by himself."
all original solo acoustic instrumental recording. As usual
Woody Mann presents proof that he is not only one of the best
fingerstylists but also a great composer. On this cd Woody draws
inspiration from several sources including Joseph Spence, Eddie
Lang, Charlie Patton, Portuguese virtuso Carlos Paredes, Skip
James, and former teachers Rev. Gary Davis and Lennie Tristano.
The result is a masterpiece.
Together - with Bob Brozman
and Bob both come from traditional blues backgrounds but have
added many other influences to their unique styles. The original
instrumentals on this recording draw from several genres of
music including but not limited to Blues, Carribean, Calypso
and Hawaiian music. The duo improvises on a variety of instruments.
Mann and Brozman have concocted the recipe for a music that
is all their own, but seasoned by their separate backgrounds.
Call it world music with Mississippi roots. Or maybe New Age
with grit, it has the thunky dirve of 1920s bluesman Charley
Patton, the haunting strains of a Gary Davis spiritual, a hint
of Portuguese fado (via Mann's 12 string Guitarra Portuguesa),
oldtime boogie (powered by Brozman's big baritone National),
some saucy swing, gypsy waltz, exuberant jazz. Mix the ingredients
together and the result is more than music with interesting
flavoring. It is a feast."
I've Got the Moon with Susanne Vogt on vocals
Vogt and Mann spin musical stories that take you on an exciting
-Village Press, N.Y.
playing that demands to be heard."
accompanies Susanne's brilliantly phrased vocals. This is a
very unique and rare album. It's the type of music we just don't
get enough of. Woody provides jazzy acoustic fingerstyle arrangements
of both old standards and new compositions. Susanne speaks with
a German accent but you'd never know it to hear her sing
she's got a classic jazz-blues voice which works perfectly with
Woody's jazz-blues background. Though the feel is basically
jazz, as always Woody transcends genre to the point that it
becomes difficult to classify his playing beyond simply declaring
it great music.
Sessions videos are also available at www.woodymann.com.
for Woody Mann:"Having studied, literally, at the
feet of the Rev. Gary Davis and other blues greats, Woody
has taken the traditional blues feeling and evolved it into his own
highly personal, energized approach while practicing his teachers
gift for telling powerful stories in the song form.
"The task of unraveling the intricate guitar work
of the blues legends is undertaken magnificently by the superb American
guitarist Woody Mann."...Folk Roots Magazine
Woody Mann is an artist who seems to have internalized many different
musical genres and combined them in a way that is more than the sum
of its parts. What is remarkable is how he can draw from several styles
and techniques within a single song and have them blend without the
feeling of inconsistency... his reputation of being one of the great
teachers is documented through his videos and numerous books on blues