Course description

One of my favourite blues men, Scrapper Blackwell, headlines this course containing some of the greatest acoustic blues guitar pickers.

Blackwell is best known as the side kick of Leroy Carr, the blues piano player. The combination of the two instruments in the hands of these two masters produced some of the most memorable classics of that time. Carr's 'How long Blues', for example, has become a blues standard included in many musician's repertoire.

His unusual guitar style was probably greatly influenced by piano music, which tends to be richer and more varied musically than music produced by the relatively simpler guitar. His chord changes between verses tend to be more complex than is usual in standard blues structures and give his songs an unusual flavor.

Compare Scrapper's version of 'Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out' with Clapton's version on his unplugged album to see what I mean. Eric's version passes from chord to chord in a progression that we would expect, but Blackwell slips in a chord now and again that just shouldn't be there. Interestingly enough, it doesn't grate. The fact is that we like clichés in our music - it's comfortable, we know where it's going before it gets there and we don't like it if that regular well known pattern is changed too much.

This then is the heart of Blackwell's genius for me - he changes the regular chord structures, but not enough to spoil our listening pleasure and interest. It actually adds to the interest because it's embedded into the musical cliché we are familiar with.

The rest of the songs featured come from Leroy Carr, Blackwell's musical partner, and also includes:

  • Pink Anderson
  • Blind Willie McTell
  • Willie Walker

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons - Scrapper Blackwell & Company
    • Blue Day Blues - Scrapper Blackwell Lesson FREE PREVIEW
    • Blue Day Blues - Scrapper Blackwell TAB
    • Nobody Wants YouDown and Out - Scrapper Blackwell Lesson
    • Nobody Wants YouDown and Out - Scrapper Blackwell TAB
    • Blues Before Sunrise - Scrapper Blackwell Lesson
    • Blues Before Sunrise - Scrapper Blackwell TAB
    • Kokomo Blues - Scrapper Blackwell Lesson
    • Kokomo Blues - Scrapper Blackwell TAB
    • Mobile Texas Line - Pink Anderson Lesson
    • Mobile Texas Line - Pink Anderson TAB
    • South Carolina Rag - Willie Walker Lesson
    • South Carolina Rag - Willie Waker TAB
    • Statesboro Blues - Blind Willie McTell Lesson
    • Statesboro Blues - Blind Willie McTell TAB
    • Backdoor Woman Blues - Scrapper Plackwell
    • Backdoor Woman Blues TAB
    • How Long Blues - Leroy Carr
    • How Long Blues TAB

Meet your instructor!

James Bruce
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The scope of Jim's divers courses reflect his interest and proficiency in many subject areas. Earning a living online for 10 years now, his interests span topics such as on page SEO, to creating blues guitar lessons, to writing novels and movie scripts, to Wordpress Tutorials.

Writing primarily in the science fiction genre, Jim Bruce, is fascinated with the possibilities that this type of fiction brings, but also in the actual craft of screenwriting.

Jim devoured his dad's collection of science fiction books at an early age, often reading collections of short fiction collected together under titles such as 'Fantastic Stories', or 'Look To The Stars' under his bed covers way into the night.

The possibilities, the 'what ifs' of sci-fi provide Jim with the enthusiasm to live life to the full - anything is possible, and there are more things in the great out-there than we can possibly write about. Curiosity is the spur that drives him on to create, not just fiction, but political comment, music and poetry. 

Born in the North of UK in 1950, where he attended schools in Creswell, Nottinghamshire and Shirebrook. He has had more jobs than he can remember, including working in the coal mines, teacher, electrician, mechanic, circus laborer, farm hand, channel tunnel engineer, industrial robot programmer, website builder and professional blues guitar player/teacher.

He has been resident in UK, USA, Germany, France and Portugal, where he currently lives and writes.

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"Acoustic Blues Guitar Lessons - Scrapper Blackwell & Company"

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