| "Ernie is a master country blues guitarist
and a wonderful and patient teacher of this music... a landmark
achievement in documenting the style and techniques of this
genius of fingerstyle guitar. He is helping keep alive and
spread the word and world of country blues guitar".
The Gospel Guitar of Rev. Gary Davis on
Taught by Ernie Hawkins
Rev. Gary Davis was a musical genius. His music and guitar
playing spanned a century of different techniques, styles
and ideas and touched on so many musical formats, i.e. blues,
ragtime, folk, gospel, marching songs and tin pan alley hits.
In this series of four lessons, Ernie Hawkins teaches fourteen
of Rev. Davis's most requested and famous gospel guitar arrangements.
Rare footage of Rev. Davis playing many of the tunes taught
in this collection is featured.
Ernie gives you a detailed rundown of each arrangement,
analyzing the structure and timing of each phrase, verse and
chorus and then replaying everything slower on a split screen
with close-ups of both hands. A comprehensive 80 page tab/music
booklet is included. All in all, almost six hours of instruction
Lesson One: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning, Samson
and Delilah (If I Had My Way). Running time: 82 minutes
Lesson Two: Children of Zion, Oh Glory How Happy I
Am, I Belong To The Band, Goin' To Sit Down On The Banks Of
The River. Running time: 92 minutes
Lesson Three: Death Don't Have No Mercy, Twelve Gates
To The City, Let Us Get Together, Right Now. Running time:
Lesson Four: I Heard The Angels Singing, Crucifixion,
I Am The Light Of This World, You Got To Move. Running time:
Rev. Davis taught me, by example, to completely throw out
my preconceptions of what can or can't be done on the guitar.
Bob Weir (The Grateful Dead)
He was the most fantastic guitarist I'd ever seen. Dave
Gary Davis took you out of playing baby guitar and made
you play it like a grown man. Taj Mahal
I have seen many teaching videos over the years. Videos are
not the way I like to learn - but there is an exception. Your
Ernie Hawkins videos are absolutely superb. You cover the
material in detail and with a style that shows love for both
the music and its creators. People who do not know Ernie will
be amazed at the exact note for note faithfulness of the work
to the playing of these three blues greats. From a practical
standpoint -- the video demonstrations of every left and right
hand movements are so clear that I never had to go mess around
with the tablature. This is particularly nice for me because
I find reading tab an unpleasant experience. This is simply
the best set of teaching videos I have ever seen. With this
single act, you have done more towards passing along this
music than has the entire history of the revival in interest
in rural blues from the 60's up to the present day.
CONGRATULATIONS, I have just finished viewing all four discs
RGD lessons and they are truly magnificent! I cannot believe
the value for
money that these lessons represent. Your warm regard for RGD
in your presentation of the material. I felt as though I was
seat away" from RGD himself. In some ways, he still lives
in your fingers!
The song selection is spot on, and the anecdotes about, and
film footage of,
Rev. Davis are truly wonderful - hell, even my wife stopped
to listen in!
I have been enamored with RGD's music for twenty-five years;
this has just
fed that passion. I very much appreciate your efforts here;
you really have
hit a homer with this one.
"Ernie Hawkins turned out to be my key into learning
how RGD actually played this incredible music. I walked through
a new door and a whole world of playing opened for me. I love
playing and singing his music and Rev. Davis’ style
has influenced many of the tunes I’ve played for years."
When you hear someone say "Texas Blues Guitar"
you may immediately think of Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughn or
maybe Freddie King. The invisible presence, buried deep in
every one of their guitar riffs, is the true king of Texas
blues, Lightnin' Hopkins. Lightnin', who knew Blind
Lemon Jefferson as a child, is Jimmy Vaughn's favorite guitarist. Offered
here are all the basics, many of the secrets and tricks of
Lightnin's deeply accomplished, deceptively simple acoustic
Texas boogie guitar style. This lesson features rare video
footage of lightnin' from the 1950's and 1960's. Lightnin'
plays the tune and then Ernie analyzes it lick by lick. This
video presents a wonderful opportunity to go to the source
of Texas blues and learn from the master who inspired generations
of guitar heroes.
Titles include: Pull A Party, Goin' Down Slow, Shining
Moon, Baby Please Don't Go and Take Me Back
|"Not only does this video demonstrate how
complex and beautiful many of Lightnin's arrangements are, but
it also serves as a fitting tribute to a master guitarist. Ernie's
lessons are especially clear and insightful. Although I'd been
playing Lightnin tunes for years, I learned a great deal from
this video. Keep up the great work!" Cliff Brown
"I started watching the Lightnin video - excellent,
articulate, clear instruction…it's enjoyable to even put my
guitar down and just watch and absorb!" David
The Guitar of Lightnin Hopkins employs a more extensive tab
system than has been used in past Grossman videos. This tab
eliminates much of the guesswork and used in tandem with the
video, it will have you pickin' like a good Texan in no time."
Jim Coen Guitar World Acoustic
Blind Willie McTell
Blind Willie McTell, a legendary mystical genius, recorded
from 1927, when he established his reputation with the transcendent
Statesboro Blues all the way into the 1950's. In homage to
the great Georgia 12-string bluesman, Bob Dylan said: "No
one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell". McTell is
known for his unique swift clean fingerpicking style on his
old Stella 12-string guitar. This was perfectly suited for
his blues, rags and haunting vocals. He was also a master
slide player, able to melt hearts with both blues and gospel
gems. He was particularly expert at seamlessly combining a
solid moving bass melodic style with spontaneous shimmering
runs. In this video lesson Ernie teaches Blind Willie's greatest
Titles include: Statesboro Blues, Come Around to My House
Mama, Broke Down Engine, Searching The Desert For The Blues,
Mama T'Ain't Long For Day and Savannas Mama.
“How hard is it to play Lightnin'
Hopkins just like Hopkins? Pretty much impossible, but Ernie
Hawkins, another ‘60’s student of Gary Davis, does an admirable
job.… Examining McTell’s best blues and hottest ragtime pieces,
Hawkins takes each lick apart and drags the student kicking
and screaming all the way through each tune. It may be painful,
but many of these 12-string tricks could sneak out later in
you six-string playing.
"I live in Belgium and I own a lot of blues instructional
videos. I enjoy your McTell video very much. It is one of
the best I've ever seen." Eddy van Gasse
Mance Lipscomb Volume One
The genius country bluesman/songster Mance Lipscomb was the
most accomplished of the Texas "dead thumb" guitarists. His
solid driving bass propelled his dancing, spontaneous melodies
through song after song. He came from a musical family and
grew up playing in the Texas country blues traditions. In
this video, Ernie Hawkins carefully takes you through the
complete range of Mance's playing, revealing all the tricks
of the trade. Most importantly, you will learn how to play
in Mance's style so that you can effortlessly adapt it to
any kind of song.
Taj Mahal said, "From the past we are encouraged to take
the best and leave the rest. Mance Lipscomb was a sage, a
songster, a responsible elder, a self-made man - the best!"
Titles include: Captain Captain, Night Time is the Right
Time, Goin' Down Slow, You Got to See your Momma Every Night,
You Got to Reap What You Sow, Sugarbabe and Cherry Ball!
Lipscomb Volume Two
In this second video lesson Ernie Hawkins continues his
study of Mance Lipscomb's guitar style and techniques. The
genius country bluesman/songster Mance Lipscomb was the most
accomplished of the Texas "dead thumb" guitarists. His solid
driving bass propelled his dancing, spontaneous melodies through
song after song. In this lesson Ernie highlights the ever-popular
Spoonful, two ragtime instrumentals in the key of G and A
and an extended blues in the key of G.
Titles include: Spoonful, G Rag,
A Rag and Blues in G
LIPSCOMB, VOL. 1 & 2
These two new video lessons provide a wonderful overall view
of the legendary blues artist Mance Lipscomb's guitar style
and technique. Volume One (94 minutes in length) has a 48-page
tab/music booklet that transcribes the seven songs taught
by Hawkins and devotes time to Lipscomb's trademark: the "dead
thumb: a walking driving bass string technique. Lipscomb,
a native of Texas and a master of the country blues, is in
good hands as Hawkins demonstrates such songs as "Captain
Captain", "You Got to Reap What You Sow", and
"Night Time is the Right Time" carefully and articulately.
Volume Two is a good next step for guitarists who have mastered
the fundamentals in Volume One. The centerpiece in Volume
Two (66 minutes in length with a 40-page tab/music booklet)
is "Spoonful," one of the most popular blues songs
around. Other guitar numbers worth following Hawkins' patient
explanation are two ragtime instrumentals in the key of G
and in A. An extended blues jam in the key of G is the closer.
Great sound quality and the fretboard close-ups and finger
positions of Hawkins make these videos a particularly good
buy for learning Lipscomb's trade secrets.
"If you have a guitar, a thumbpick, a VCR
and 90 minutes to spend, then Ernie Hawkins can go a long
way in revealing Mance Lipscomb - Texas' rumpled, but premier,
"dead thumb" guitarist. It's Hawkins' intent that
you leave with not just a mere pocketful of selected songs,
but more importantly, with the Lipscomb Gestalt. To this end,
he slips in added pointers beyond the setlist allowing you
to better comprehend the Texan's style of playing.
Dennis Rozanski Baltimore Blues Society
The C-A-G-E-D system makes
learning the neck of the guitar as easy as it can be. By
learning the 5 basic chords and the three notes that make
up these tonic chords, the guitarist is soon able to play
any lick, any song, in any key, anywhere on the guitar neck.
Emphasis is placed on 12-bar blues progression. Amazing!