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Watch the Hammer Ons & Pull Offs online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory

For some reason I didn’t really encounter Reverend Gary Davis’ music until I was pretty far down the fingerstyle path. Once everything started getting reissued on CD it was easy enough to find his stuff, but my LP-hunting expeditions prior to that hadn’t really turned up Davis’ music. However, in recounting my influences to someone a few years ago I realized that the people I did listen to the most early on all had some kind of direct connection to the Reverend: Dave Van Ronk, Jorma Kaukonen, Stefan Grossman and Roy Book Binder were the fingerpickers whose records I spent the most time with. All of them hung out with and/or studied with the Rev, so I suppose that makes me a sort of second-generation disciple. Minus the actual hanging out.