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Written by: Stefan Grossman
The playing of: Mississippi John Hurt
|Format: Transcription (TAB)||Medium: Book/2CD|
|Series: Master of Coutry Blues Guitar||Publisher: Warner Brothers|
Played by Mississippi John Hurt, written by Stefan Grossman. Guitar tablature songbook and performance CD for guitar and voice.
With guitar tablature, standard guitar notation, vocal melody, lyrics, chord names, introductory text and black & white photos. Country Blues. 9x12 inches.
Transcriptions in notation and tablature plus the original recordings of classic blues by Mississippi John Hurt. Titles include Shake That Thing, Casey Jones, See See Rider and more. Original recordings included on the CDs.
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Book of the Month 2003-05
Guitar Book of the Month May 2003 - Mississippi John Hurt: Masters of Country Blues Guitar
Mississippi John Hurt was a modest man, but he has had an enormous influence on contemporary guitar picking. So it probably just what one should expect when the book/CD set dedicated to him in the Masters of Country Blues Guitar Series quitely has moved into this web-site's bestseller list.
If you go to my Mississippi John Hurt page, you will see that this set is listed both in the record section and in the book section. Because it is both at the same time. The set is one book and 2 CDs. You can see it as a double CD with original recordings of Mississippi John Hurt. Or you can see i as a book with an introduction to Mississippi John Hurt with transcriptions and lyrics to 26 of his songs. You get both, and you get it at a price you usually will have to pay for just one CD.
The tunes in the book are transcribed by Stefan Grossman. They are grouped according to they keys. This gives five groups, as Mississippi John Hurt favored five keys: C, G, D, A and E. In this book/CD set, they are presented in the following sequence:
- 5 songs in G-major
- 11 songs in C-major (his favorite key)
- 3 songs in E-major
- 3 songs in A-major
- 4 songs in D-major.
The selection of songs give a good cross section of Mississippi John Hurt's playing in standard tuning, with songs like Spike Drivers's Blues; Got The Blues, Can't Be Satisfied; Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor; Avalon Blues; Candyman and more. But one important song, Frankie, that Mississippi John Hurt played in Open G tuning is missing.
I am listeing to these records while I am writing this. Again it strikes how powerful his playing was. If you look at the transcriptions and play through them, they are genereally fairly simple, yet all of them have subtleties that makes them interesting. This makes Mississippi John Hurt a good choice for beginning fingerpickers. But when you listen to Mississippi John Hurt's playing, you wonder: How can this simple style sound so complex and powerful?
When you listen to his playing and follow the transcriptions, it proves two things:
- It is how the notes are played, and not which notes are played that distinguish the masters from the rest of us.
- With all these old time artists, you have to listen to the original. To hear someone else playing Mississippi John Hurt's, Robert Johnson's or any other's tunes can never substitute the originals.
Other Mississippi John Hurt's Playing
Mississippi John Hurt's playing is covered in many books on traditional blues and on fingerpicking. If you want to learn fingerpicking, you can hardly avoid him. But if you want to study his playing more in depth, the only alternative choice is the two videos listed below. As they include footage of Mississippi John Hurt playing the tunes that are analyzed, they are valuable as more than intruction videos.
Other books in the Masters of Country Blues Guitar Series