Watch the Lone Wolf Blues online guitar lesson by David Blacker from Lone Wolf Blues

Lone Wolf Blues explores the common ground between early acoustic blues styles and techniques and their influence on the American Roots songwriter. Blues can be said to be the heart and soul of all great American music. One might go a step further and say that early blues music was the birthplace of a new kind of individual spirit or a distinctly American archetype. To me that's the spirit of the Lone Wolf. One lone voice singing a song and telling a uniquely personal story that connects to the collective heart and mind. That spirit began with players like Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson and Son House and continues on through the years with artists like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Johnny Cash. There's no one particular sound to the Lone Wolf Blues. It's more of a vibe, feeling or an attitude. It has history and roots but is present and fresh.

In this course we're going to look at the key techniques that have been passed down from early blues players to modern day Americana songwriters. We're going to explore steady bass picking whereby you keep a bass line going on the low strings while playing an independent melody line on the higher strings. You can hear this style in the playing of greats like Lightnin Hopkins or Big Bill Broonzy to name a few. We're going to look at the fingerpicking technique of Travis Picking whereby you alternate a bass line between two of the low strings while playing through some complex higher string melody lines. We'll also explore key chord shapes and fragments that will open you up to creating lots of new musical ideas. In addition we'll explore some of the more essential open tunings from the perspective of the songwriter. The idea with all these techniques is to give you a whole new palette of options to work with as a solo guitarist and/or singer-songwriter.

This course features 20 repertoire building pieces that will introduce you to the sounds and styles of American Roots guitar. Learning these pieces will open up a number of directions you may choose to follow. From down home country blues to bluegrass and jazzy tonalities you'll have a lot of directions to choose from. They'll also introduce you to some great blues and roots cover songs and the artists behind them. I've always found that learning by doing worked best for me, so it's my hope that by learning these 20 pieces you will have a great starting point for developing your own sound and style.