MUS 237: Finger-Style Blues and Slide Guitar

This course draws from the history of the musicians from the Delta regions of Mississippi in the 1930's to the present. It will focus on the finger-picking techniques and the alternate tunings used by the great blues artists who inspired the blues tradition from Robert Johnson to Stevie Ray Vaughn. Students will execute various right hand techniques, such as alternating bass rhythms, shuffle bass rhythms, and Delta strumming rhythms. Left hand techniques will include advanced chord formations associated with blues theory, chord formations associated with the alternate tunings as well as techniques associated with the use of bottleneck slide. The student will also illustrate and explore blues theory and progressions.

Level I Prereq: No Basic Skills; MUS 133 and MUS 134, minimum grade "C"

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