Watch the Smolderin' online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from New School Fingerstyle

My friend Victoria introduced me to the music of Guy Van Duser, whose Stride Guitar (Rounder) is another on my essential records list. His version of Duke Ellington's "Black Beauty" sent me looking for the original Ellington recording, and finding Ellington was big news in and of itself, especially once I heard "New East St. Louis Toodle-oo," "Ko-Ko" and "Blue Serge." I like to think the modulation in the fourth section of this tune is somehow vaguely colored by my Duke fandom.
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