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Watch the Lesson 4 online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2

Like Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James was sought out in the early 60s, by blues fans enamored of his dark, powerful prewar recordings. James played both guitar and piano, employed a haunting falsetto much of the time, and favored open D minor tuning (DADFAD) on tunes like "Devil Got My Woman" and "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues." While the biography of the blues singer in Oh Brother Where Art Thou was borrowed from Robert Johnson, the music was straight out of Skip James.

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