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on June 2, 2011
The Delta blues guitar style is sometimes sophisticated and difficult, sometimes deceptively simple. There are many guitarists today, like Grossman himself and players like Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., Eric Clapton and many others, who have mastered the techniques note-perfect and make amateurs like myself turn green with envy.
That said, there is no one now who can match the inimitable sound of the musicians who came from the Mississippi Delta, the earlier acoustic artists who performed solo like the legendary Robert Johnson and Son House:
The Complete Recordings
Original Delta Blues
and later artists like Muddy Waters and Elmore James, who took the Delta blues to Chicago, adapted the styles to electric guitar and added a band:
His Best: 1947-1955 (Chess 50th Anniversary Collection)
The Sky Is Crying-History
Of course the singing as well as the guitar can't be matched, but that's another story.
Grossman's tablatures are accurate and easy to read. His book provides fine instructions. But as Grossman would agree, you should listen to the real thing as you work with the tablatures.
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