Watch the Oriental Blues 1 online guitar lesson by Tim Sparks from Post-Modern Fingerstyle Blues

The Oriental Blues is a brainchild of famed ragtime and blues composer Eubie Blake (1887–1983)), and we don't mean to be ironic when we say the tune doesn't fit comfortably under ragtime or blues. If anything it's a stream-of-consciousness version of ragtime from Harlem, circa 1917, with a compelling blend of musical influences mixing jazz, blues, and Middle Eastern harmonies.

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