Richard Van Bergen’s 50 Down Home Blues Licks You MUST Know is an impeccable collection of authentic, timeless licks respectfully inspired from the bonafide masters of the blues. It’s also a veritable music history course in swamp pop, boogie-woogie, rhythm & blues and early Chicago blues.
Richard guides you through the fretboard dialects of blues artists who pioneered the evolution of pre-war country blues in swampy Louisiana to the electric blues explosion that followed in the smoky blues clubs of Chicago, Houston and Detroit.
You’ll recognize many of the artists that Richard pays homage to in this collection; Albert King, Johnny Guitar Watson, Robert Johnson, BB King, Freddie King, Albert King, T-Bone Walker, Lightnin’ Hopkins and John Lee Hooker. You simply couldn’t cover the genre without a tip of the hat to these masters and you’ll find Richard’s selections way above par.
However, the real gems in this collection were originated by lesser-known, yet equally significant blues artists; Lightnin’ Slim, Lazy Lester, Eddie Taylor, Johnny Shines, Furry Lewis, Slim Harpo, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Nighthawk, Jimmy Rogers, Hollywood Fats, Louis and Dave Meyers, Guitar Slim, Jimmy Rogers, and Frankie Lee Sims. These lines and moves feel and sound as fresh and tasty today as they did decades ago.
All of the licks are presented over a rhythm track so that you can hear and practice them in a musical context. Each performance is then followed by a detailed breakdown of the line along with the techniques and harmonic approach being employed to perform it. Everything is tabbed and notated, plus you get all of the rhythm tracks used in the performances to practice the lines with on your own.
“I don't play a lot of fancy guitar. I don't want to play it. The kind of guitar I want to play is mean, mean licks.” - John Lee Hooker