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Woody Mann   

    "Woody Mann has absorbed so many guitar styles that he can change moods on a dime, weaving lyrical single string lines and chord harmonies that can take his tunes across the musical divides between genres". - Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

    Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. Pioneering guitar legend
John Fahey said it well: "You can hear classical, jazz and blues approaches somehow converging into a single sparkling sound – a sound completely his own. Woody takes a fresh approach to his blues re-creations and his own compositions defy category. If there was a category simply called 'great music' Woody's music would belong there."

    In "Songs From the Blues", Woody showcases his songs that are inspired by his love for the country blues and early jazz styles but brings the past up to the present with his original guitar style and contemporary songwriting. Mann's wizardry on the fretboard is matched by his ability to convey deep feelings with his songs - creating moods that incite, delight, or simply soothe. Mann blurs the lines between jazz, blues, classical, and world music, creating his own sound in the process. Attempts to categorize his music simply miss the point.

    Woody took his first musical schooling as a teenager in the living room of
Rev. Gary Davis, the legendary blues, gospel and ragtime guitarist. He soon went on to perform and record with blues masters Son House and Bukka White,
British great Jo Anne Kelly and fingerstyle innovator John Fahey while studying classical music at the Juilliard School and jazz improvisation with the legendary pianist Lennie Tristano.

    Since those early years, he has toured throughout the world, recorded extensively, performed with blues and jazz legends, conducted workshops in a dozen countries and schooled countless guitarists through his many books and DVDs. He has become one of the world’s renowned guitar masters with his own contemporary improvisational style.

    Every now and then, you hear a guitarist whose sound is completely his own and whose music flirts with several styles, never resting for very long with just one. Woody Mann is an artist who seems to have internalized many different genres and combined them in a way that is more than the sum of its parts. What is remarkable is how he can draw from several styles and techniques within a single song and have them blend without the feeling of inconsistency.

Woody Mann - Guitar Artistry Of Woody Mann - DVD
Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. In this DVD Woody showcases songs that are inspired by his love for the country blues and early jazz styles but brings the past up to the present with his original guitar style and contemporary songwriting. Mann's wizardry on the fretboard is matched by his ability to convey deep feelings with his songs - creating moods that incite, delight, or simply soothe. Mann blurs the lines between jazz, blues, classical, and world music, creating his own sound in the process. Attempts to categorize his music simply miss the point. "This is brilliant playing that demands to be heard". - Sing Out Magazine. Titles include: "We’ll Be Alright, Little Brother, Cheap Cherry Wine, Snooks, Harlequin, Have Mercy, Delia, Early Hesitation Blues, Try Me One More Time, On Her Way Home, Great Dreams, God Works in Mysterious Ways, and A Little Love And Kiss"
(98 min)...................................................................................Price - $24.95
 Woody Mann Plays "We'll Be Alright"

Woody Mann & Bob Brozman - Country Blues Guitar Duets - DVD
While they slowly illustrate classic country blues guitar duets in the styles of Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Blake and Lonnie Johnson - Woody Mann and Bob Brozman explore the techniques and thinking that go into creating cohesive duet guitar parts that compliment each other. Each part is taught separately. They explain and illustrate how you can arrange a simple song through the use of new chord positions, simple picking syncopation ideas and open tunings as well as walking you through the basics of how to select a key, use of a capo and listening to the song in new ways. The duo presents effective techniques for improving improvisational skills while jamming with other musicians. Each guitar part is a solo tune in itself. The ideas and techniques covered in this video offer creative approaches to expanding all aspects of your playing. Titles include: "Lazy Blues, Tampa Slow Grind, Mr. Blake, Long Gone Blues, Tab Guitar Rag".
(62 min) Booklet included.....................................................Price - $29.95

Woody Mann & Bob Brozman - Delta Blues Guitar Duets - DVD
In this unique video lesson, Bob Brozman and Woody Mann describe and teach in detail duet arrangements in the styles of the great Delta blues guitarists: Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Willie Brown, Tommy Johnson and Son House. Techniques and ideas for creating a cohesive guitar part that compliments, rather than competes or conflicts, are discussed. Each part is taught separately and presented in tablature and music notation. Woody and Bob also present effective techniques for improving improvisation skills while jamming with other musicians. The tunes presented in this lesson can be used as repertoire pieces for either solo or duet situations. All in all, a very unique instructional video giving you twice the amount of ideas and challenges from two of today's blues guitar masters. Titles include: "Banty Rooster, Moon Goin' Down, Bye Bye Blues, Robert Johnson's Blues, Big Road Blues".
(70 min) Booklet included.....................................................Price - $29.95

Woody Mann - Fingerstyle Blues Guitar - DVD
Woody Mann illustrates how numerous traditional country blues guitar techniques and styles can be extended and explored to create new textures and feelings. Woody demonstrates blues in the keys of A, D and E and shows how variations and improvisational ideas can be developed. The playing ideas of Blind Boy Fuller, Big Bill Broonzy, Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Rev. Gary Davis and Scrapper Blackwell are discussed. Woody combines these playing techniques and styles into a series of instrumentals that will illustrate new possibilities for playing fingerstyle blues. Songs include: "Weeping Willow Variations (Blues in A), Tribute to Big Bill and Blind Lemon (Blues in E), Texas Blues for Funny Papa Smith (Blues in A) and Blues For Bo Carter and Lonnie Johnson (Blues in D).
(66 min) Booklet included.....................................................Price - $29.95

Woody Mann - Take Command Of Your Fretboard - 2 DVD Set
A Practical Approach To Understanding Chords And Melody. Guitarist Woody Mann teaches an understanding of the fretboard that will help learning guitarists take their playing to new levels! Woody walks you through ways to "play off" the chords and extend the positions up the neck using smaller shapes, double stops, and single lines. His "piano style" approach to fingerpicking will help you develop a true "two handed" sound on the guitar!  Ten pieces are taught including gospel songs by Rev. Gary Davis; licks and styles of Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang; and Woody's own jazz-inflected fingerstyle compositions. Includes: "Hudson River Boogie • Sunset Lake Rag • It Is No Secret • There's Destruction in This Land • Lonnie's Guitar • And Three Not Four • Death Don't Have No Mercy • Mean Old World • A Little Love • We'll Be Alright".
(150 min) Printable PDF Booklet..........................................Price - $39.95

Woody Mann - The Guitar Of Big Bill Broonzy - DVD
Big Bill Broonzy's recording career spanned from 1927 until his death in 1958. His repertoire was well recorded, from solo to duets to ensemble playing. He was rediscovered just as the "folk-revival" began in the early 1950s. Big Bill was a master of ragtime and country blues guitar. His playing was highlighted by a strong pulsating bass and melodic lead lines. Woody Mann carefully explains Big Bill's techniques and style in this DVD lesson. Also presented is rare footage of Big Bill from the 1950s. Tunes include: "Moppers Blues, Pig Meat Strut, Long Tall Mama, Worried Man Blues, Saturday Night Rub, Brownskin Shuffle, How You Want It Done, Mississippi River Blues, Worrying You Off My Mind, Hey Hey".
(90 min) Booklet included.....................................................Price - $29.95

Woody Mann - The Guitar Of Big Bill Broonzy - Book and 3CDs
This book contains 3 CDs with 3 full hours of note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction taught by Woody Mann for the following pieces: "House Rent Stomp, Brownskin Shuffle, Moppin' Blues, Hey Hey, Worryin' You Off My Mind, Stove Pipe Stomp, Saturday Night Rub".
Notation and tab / Fingerstyle............................................Price - $24.95
Big Bill Broonzy Plays "Hey Hey"

Woody Mann - The Guitar Of Blind Blake - DVD
Blind Blake was the premier ragtime blues guitarist of the 1920s. He extended the alternating bass style, that was popular at the turn of the century, to encompass the dance trends and more complex blues ideas that were emerging from the jazz bands of New Orleans and Chicago. His playing featured unique right hand thumb rolls that evoked the feel of the Charleston dance-step. Blind Blake's playing influenced generations of country blues guitarists and was never equaled. In this unique video lesson, Woody Mann explores the ideas, techniques and styles of this legendary guitarist. Tunes include: "Diddie Wa Diddie, Chump Man Blues, Police Dog Blues, That Will Never Happen No More, Black Dog Blues, Blind Arthur's Breakdown".
(94 min) Booklet included.....................................................Price - $29.95

Woody Mann - The Guitar Of Blind Blake - Book and 3CDs
These lessons contain 3 full hours of instruction featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction. Songs include: "Black Dog Blues, Bad Feeling Blues, Sweet Jivin' Mama, Diddie Wa Diddie, Blind Arthur's Breakdown ".
Notation and tab....................................................................Price - $24.95
 Blind Blake Plays "Blind Arthur's Breakdown"

Woody Mann - The Guitar Of Lonnie Johnson - Book and 3 CDs
This book contains three CDs (three full hours of instruction) featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction for the following songs: "Away Down In the Alley, Woke Up This Morning With Blues In My Fingers, Go Back To Your No Good Man, Blues in G, Stompin 'Em Along Slow".
Notation and tab....................................................................Price - $24.95
 Lonnie Johnson Plays "To Do This You Got To Know How"

Woody Mann - Art Of Acoustic Blues Guitar: The Basics - Book and DVD
This will build a foundation of repertoire and technique for acoustic fingerstyle blues. In these lessons, Woody walks you through each song, explaining the chord positions and picking techniques. He teaches blues in the keys of D, G, C, E, and A, presenting a wide selection of classic blues songs and instrumentals from the masters of blues guitar. Included in this program are the basics of the Delta blues of Robert Johnson, the ragtime style of Blind Blake, and the music of Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Willie Walker and Willie Moore. Songs include: "Old Country Rock, Saturday Night Rub, One Time Blues, Soo Cow Soo, Pig Meat Strut, South Carolina Rag".
Notation and tab....................................................................Price - $24.95
 Big Bill Broonzy Plays "Saturday Night Rub"

Woody Mann - Art Of Acoustic Blues Guitar: Logic Of The Fretboard - Book and DVD
An easy and practical method for creating new chords and variations in your playing. In this DVD lesson, Woody teaches a new approach to seeing the fretboard and techniques for "breaking down" chord blocks into smaller "pieces" and connecting them throughout the fretboard. As he teaches the repertoire of the masters of acoustic blues, he demonstrates how melodies and harmonics can be derived from simple, moveable chord shapes. It is a method for relating the entire fretboard to the basic first position chord shapes that we all learn as beginners and using them to create new chords, melodies, and variations in your music. Songs include: "Crow Jane, Cold Rainy Day, Bye Bye Blues, Sweet Jivin' Mama, Policy Blues, It Is No Secret".
Notation and tab....................................................................Price - $24.95
 Blind Blake Plays "Policy Blues"

Woody Mann - Art Of Acoustic Blues Guitar: Ragtime & Gospel - Book and DVD
This lesson showcases the songs and techniques of two of the most fundamental and exciting styles of traditional fingerstyle guitar playing. It also presents the music of the legendary Reverend Gary Davis, featuring several of his well-known songs. Woody Mann illustrates how the music of one of America's greatest guitarists offers a complete lesson in the beauty and subtleties of ragtime and gospel guitar playing. Woody explores syncopated picking ideas, new approaches to chords and melodies, and explains how to apply Davis's method for creating endless variations and improvisations within a song. Songs include: "O Glory, Death Don't Have No Mercy, Let Us Get Together, Hesitation Blues, I Am The Light of This World, Make Believe Stunt".
Notation and tab....................................................................Price - $24.95
 Rev Gary Davis Plays "Hesitation Blues"

Woody Mann - Masterpieces Of Country Blues Guitar - Book and 3 CDs
This book contains 3 full hours of instruction featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction from the playing of Blind Blake, Bo Carter, Scrapper Blackwell, Rev. Gary Davis, Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and Josh White. These are all taught by Woody Mann.  Songs include: "Weeping Willow" - Blind Boy Fuller, "Policy Blues" - Bo Carter, "Bye Bye Blues" - Tommy Johnson, "Long Tall Mama" - Big Bill Broonzy, "Good Gal" - Josh White, "Kokomo Blues" - Scrapper Blackwell, "Chump Man Blues, Southern Rag" - Blind Blake, "How Happy I Am" - Rev. Gary Davis.
Notation and tab....................................................................Price - $24.95
 Blind Boy Fuller Plays "Weeping Willow"

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