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Uptown Blues (American Roots Guitar)

with Mike Dowling

Discover the world of American Roots guitar.

Learn six of Mike Dowling's original tunes that incorporate blues, ragtime and open tuned fingerpicking.

"Ample evidence of Dowling's guitar mastery"
– Blues Revue


Instrument Guitar

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  • 41 pages of TAB notation
  • Unique learning format with constant multi-angles
  • On-demand lifetime access to all lessons
  • Available on desktop, mobile and tablet
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14 lessons · 90m 21s

Mike's music is a unique mixture of blues, ragtime, swing and roots music in standard and open tunings.

The late, great Vassar Clements called Mike Dowling simply "One of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere".

In this course, Mike teaches six original compositions that span bottleneck blues, jazzy ragtime, and open tuned fingerpicking.  A patient and careful teacher, Mike will explain the tunes to you in detail, focusing on such techniques as palm damping, picking patterns, and playing fast single-string runs. 

Lesson tunes:

  • Rosalie
  • Nitpickin
  • Minor Thing
  • Johnson City Rag
  • Fishin In the Wind
  • Bottleneck March.

BONUS tunes: Bottomlands, String Crazy and World Of Hurt.

This course is for intermediate-advanced level guitarists who want to discover the world of American Roots guitar.

We've created this course to be as practical as possible – with constant multiple angle views of the guitar, you'll be able to see everything Mike is doing at all times.

Please note: The original source for this online course is a DVD. The artist/teacher may refer to a DVD and sometimes a book, neither of which are included with your purchase. Instead, you will have lifetime access to stream the course on all your devices and PDFs of the transcriptions from the book. DVDs get damaged and lost and books can go missing, but these courses are available to you whenever you want and wherever you are!

Lesson Plan

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Rosalie (lesson)

Nit Pickin' (performance)

Minor Thing (performance)

Johnson City Rag (performance)

Fishin' In The Wind (performance)

Bottleneck March (performance)

Mike Dowling

When the late, great Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and can be heard on his Grammy-nominated "Nashville Jam". Clements called him simply, "One of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere."Echoing that sentiment is an ever-growing chorus of music critics, guitar students, and acoustic music fans from throughout the world.

Mike digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar, favoring the melodic Piedmont style of acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt and slide great Tampa Red. But Mike can't be pigeonholed as a blues player, or even as a fingerstylist. He's far too versatile for that. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike's musicality, depth, and mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike.

Performer, composer, instructor, session artist, inventor. Everything guitarist Mike Dowling does reflects his love for and mastery of the instrument that has been the focus of his life for over forty years

"An excellent instrumentalist who's comfortable with a wide range of musical styles. He injects feeling into every word and note."
--Hit List, Acoustic Guitar

"Dowling is a fluid and precise guitarist and his gritty vocals have a sense of playfulness and bounce that's very appealing"
--Dirty Linen

"Ample evidence of Dowling's guitar mastery"
--Blues Revue

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