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The Guitar of Robert Johnson (part 3)

with Tom Feldmann

"Robert Johnson is the most important blues musician who ever lived. I have never found anything more deeply soulful. His music remains the most powerful cry that I think you can find in the human voice." – Eric Clapton

"Robert Johnson's music sent me reeling. I couldn't even imagine how someone could play the guitar the way he did and sing at the same time." – Bonnie Raitt


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Robert Johnson is arguably the most well known figure in the history of the blues. Though the 29 songs Johnson recorded from 1936-1937 had little impact during his lifetime, a collection of his singles, entitled King of the Delta Blues Singers was released in 1961 and found widespread recognition. Then, 30 years later, The Complete Recordings of Robert Johnson was released selling over one million copies. The first blues recording to do so, winning a Grammy in the process.

Since that 1961 LP, players from all different musical backgrounds have sought to learn Robert Johnson's techniques and in this 3-part course, with over 5 hours and 52 minutes of instruction, Tom Feldmann covers every aspect of Johnson's playing. Each song is performed by Feldmann before he dissects the arrangement verse-by-verse and ends with a split screen segment where the song is played slowly with close up shots of both the left and right hands. This is the most expansive look into the guitar playing of Robert Johnson produced in video form.

INCLUDED in this course: a 43-page digital PDF booklet with all tab/sheet music

  • In course ONE - STANDARD TUNING: Kind Hearted Woman, Phonograph Blues, 32-20 Blues, A Blues Variations (Dead Shrimp Blues, Little Queen of Spades, Honeymoon Blues), I'm a Steady Rolling Man, Sweet Home Chicago, Love In Vain, From Four 'Til Late DROP D TUNING: Malted Milk CROSS NOTE TUNING: Hellhound on my Trail
  • In course TWO - SPANISH TUNING: Stop Breakin' Down Blues, Walking Blues, Come On In My Kitchen, Last Fair Deal Gone Down, Stones In My Passway with Variations for Terraplane Blues and Milkcow Blues, Cross Road Blues, Traveling Riverside Blues
  • In this course THREE - SPANISH TUNING: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day, VESTAPOL TUNING (OPEN E TUNING): Rambling on my Mind, I Believe I'll Dust My Broom, Preaching Blues, STANDARD TUNING: They're Red Hot

Lesson Plan

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01.Intro to this course and tuning

Student Reviews

This is by far my favorite Robert Johnson instructional. Tom Feldmann breaks down the songs in more detail than any other instructional...
Tom Feldman is a terrific guitarist and teacher. If you want to learn from the best, he's the guy.
Tom Feldman is probably the best blues guitar teacher out there. The video is really easy to follow and the songs are probably the most accurate covers of these songs. It has improved my guitar playing and I've only learned a few of the songs so far.
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Tom Feldmann

“His are some of the best picked blues I’ve heard, and I’ve heard lots!” – Jorma Kaukonen (Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane)

Tom Feldmann has immersed himself in Country Blues for 20 years, spending untold hours dissecting original recordings by everyone from Charley Patton to Skip James, Bukka White to – yes, of course – Robert Johnson.  At the age of 37 he is a highly sought after instructor teaching workshops at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch, Merlefest, Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Workshop, and instructional videos for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop.

Tom Feldmann has also left his mark as a songwriter, with 12 self released albums to his credit, and has toured throughout North America since 1999, most recently opening for David Bromberg, David Lindley, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams and Roy Book Binder.

Check out his courses below, including the most expansive look into the guitar playing of Robert Johnson ever produced in video form.

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