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Blues Guitar - Play Ragtime Blues Guitar - Gary Davis covers - Toulouse, France

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Published on Nov 20, 2008

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Message for Reverend Davis - the people of Toulouse love your music. Peace;

Ragtime Blues Guitar

Maybe the most complex blues style of them all, the top performers were real masters of the technique. Ragtime guitar songs generally use chord structures in the keys of G and C, and featuring 6 or 7 chords rather than the 3 or 4 associated with Mississippi or Texas songs in E or A. (Of course,there are the exceptions to the rule!) Other features are a strong bass pattern alternating between 2 or 3 strings, a melody
played simultaneously on the higher strings and often lyrics punctuated by single string runs picked with alternating finger and thumb. Possible the two grand masters of ragtime blues were Arthur Blake and Reverend Gary Davis. Blake's bass work was incredibly, often doubling up on the beat and rolling his thumb between two strings, creating a highly rhythmic sound. Reverend could really play all styles - blues, gospel and ragtime blues.

Other artists, such as Big Bill Broonzy, played a monotonic bass style, but was considerably more creative than most delta blues men. He would play Tin Pan Alley type songs, ballads, and often cross over towards jazz and ragtime in his approach.
Broonzy developed a blues niche we could call Chicago swing.

Jim

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