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Blues Guitar Introduction

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When I was a law student, I used to teach blues guitar to help support my living. Eventually I collected and edited the material I used in my teaching, and published it as a book. The book was published for the first time in 1980. The book was revised, and a 2nd edition was published in 1990. But the book has long been out of print. And since it was published in Norwegian only, it would probably be of little use for the majority of you anyway.

I have decided to make the content of the book available on the net, along with material that I now think should have been in the book and material from books that was never written. Some of the material has already been on the net for a while, and some is almost ready for the net. Other parts have to be written from scratch. The outline is a reading list with reference to underlying documents, and there might be more than one reading list that utilizes the same material. So do not expect me to start at the top of the outline and include new material in sequence - even though the sequence is meant to be a recommended sequence for studying the material.

It is fun to write about music, and still I learn a lot from having to work with it - and my own learning is the major inspiration for the work. But it takes time, even if it is fun. I know from experience that there will be periods where I work a lot on this project, and other periods where I do not touch it at all. So I give no promises on when it will be finished - if it ever will. But look back to this page from time to time, and see if some of the headlines in the outline has turned into active links.

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Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues
A close-up look at the life and music of Robert Johnson and his contributions to the evolution of blues music.
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Robert Johnson: Lost and Found
With just forty-one recordings to his credit, Robert Johnson is a giant in the history of blues music. Johnson's vast influence on twentieth-century American music, combined with his mysterious death at the age of twenty-seven, has allowed speculation and myths to obscure the facts of his life.
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Love in Vain
A Vision of Robert Johnson
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The Blues
From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray
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The Road to Robert Johnson
The Genesis and Evolution of Blues in the Delta from the Late 1800s Through 1938.
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Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues [Box set]
Seven features by directors with a passion for Blues music.
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Can't You Hear The Wind Howl
This is an in-depth documentary on Robert Johnson, one of the greatest folk/blues guitarists who ever lived. Hosted by Danny Glover and featuring interviews with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Robert Cray, and many more.
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The Search For Robert Johnson
A film featuring extensive remastered original Robert Johnson recordings, as well as specially filmed performance footage from Johnny Shines, David Honeyboy Edwards and John Hammond Jr.
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