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Roots, Rags and Blues is an interactive instructional and performance CD-ROM that includes 7 different Roots guitar tunes taught in video and tab lessons plus 6 bonus performances of Blues, Ragtime, Gospel, Early Jazz and Klezmer, all played on a Vintage 1917 Gibson L-4. Featured selections are, Mississippi Blues, Amazing Grace (two different versions) Jelly Roll Blues, Oriental Blues, Maple Leaf Rag, Victory Rag, Carolina Shout and a fingertsyle lesson on the 1918 Klezmer classic, Tanst, Tanst Yiddlekh.

The tunes in this collection evoke a time when American Roots music crystallized and was transformed by the effects of recordings and radio. Some of these selections were written for guitar, others are adaptations from piano and jazz band arrangements. A long list of Roots Music fingerstyle guitarists particularly influenced the material covered in Fingerstyle Roots, Rags & Blues; Duck Baker, Pat Donohue, Woody Mann, Steve James, Eric Lugosch, Eric Schonberg, Ernie Hawkins, Dakota Dave Hull, Phil Heywood, Guy van Duser, Lasse Johansson, Andy Ellis and Teja Gerken.

This package captures American Roots Music from the early part of the 20th Century, as reflected through fingerstyle guitar. The lessons and performances come with matching tablature, notation and extensive liner notes with internet hyperlinks.

Roots, Rags & Blues is optimized for intermediate to advanced players and is presented on 2 CD-ROMs (Windows and Mac compatible). The course features 34 full-length video lessons, text overviews, standard notation and interactive Power Tab so you can "see" and "hear" the tab and notation played out at any tempo. The video lesson player features zoom, frame advance, looping and other handy controls.

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