SULTAN KENNY, ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR. CD TABLATURE slide bottleneck, playing open and standard tunings-Hey hey


SULTAN KENNY, ACOUSTIC BLUES GUITAR. Contiene diversi esempi di blues shuffle, Delta blues, ritmi sincopati, boogie, basso alternato, le accordature aperte in sol e re, il bottleneck. Incluse "can't be satisfied" di Muddy Waters, "hey hey" di Big Bill Broonzy, "dust my droom" di Robert Johnson. CD TABLATURE



Blues in five different keys, plus slide / bottleneck, playing in open and standard tunings.

Series: Guitar
Publisher: Centerstream Publications
Format: Softcover with CD
Author: Kenny Sultan
Intermediate level

This book for intermediate-level guitarists is a follow-up to Kenny's Introduction to Acoustic Blues. It covers blues in five different keys and positions, and incorporates slide or bottleneck playing in both open and standard tunings. All songs are primarily fingerstyle with a monotone bass used for most. The accompanying 70-minute CD features performances of every example and song, played slowly then up to speed to facilitate learning.

Inventory #HL 00000157
ISBN: 9780931759734
UPC: 073999400922
Width: 9.0"
Length: 12.0"
48 pages

Back Breakin' Blues
Boogie Blues
Boogie In A
Can't Be Satisfied
The CC Blues
Cincinnati Flow Rag
Clean My Room
Delta Blues
The Don't Know Blues
Dust My Broom
The F-B Blues
Filthy Rich
A Fine Filly
Fly Hen
Hey Hey
Hideaway Blues
Joseph's Blues
Lonesome Couch Blues
Muddy's Blues
Shuffle In A
Sleepy Head Blues
State Street Blues
West Coast Blues




Welcome to the second book, Acoustic Blues Guitar, Intermediate level. For those of you unfamiliar with my previous book, Introduction to Acoustic Blues, (What else?), we will be trying to play finger-style acoustic blues the old-fashioned way. The rules are as stated:

1. have fun

2. play loose

3. play with feeling

4. don't worry about mistakes

Sound easy enough? Remember, this is a book about Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Blind Blake and other funky guys. So just have fun, and go with the flow. We will cover blues in five different keys and positions, A, C, D, E, and G – these are the keys I primarily use, and they are the best for acoustic blues. We will also incorporate slide or bottleneck playing in both open and standard tunings. All songs will be played primarily finger-style with a monotone bass used for most of the straight blues and an alternating bass used for the ragtime blues. On the 70-minute cassette tape that accompanies this book, I play each example and every song. Most of the songs are played at slow speed and at regular tempo, and nearly all of the tunes will have a detailed explanation about the music and how to best play it. This book is one step harder than my previous book and should prove to be a good challenge for you. Blues guitar is different than other styles of guitar in that there is more feel involved than technique. It is very important that you use the tablature only as a guide to your ears. The accompanying tape will be your most valuable tool. All the nuances of the blues cannot be written down properly; listening is the only way to really absorb all the material. My suggestion is to listen to the tape before you try any of the songs. Hear exactly what you're supposed to do, then read the music to help you create the sound desired. In my workshops, classes, and private lessons, I urge my students to learn everything by ear. I rarely use written music, but under these circumstances the written notation should be used, but not relied upon exclusively. Memorize each song, then put the written material away. Try to let your own personal feelings come through in your playing. Make each song an individual experience. Remember, this isn't classical music, so play it loose. Don't worry about mistakes, and above all.

Fingerpicks Strings Capo's
Before we close, there are a few more things I would like to discuss. The first is fingerpicks.
I use them, but I'm not sure I would recommend them to all my students. They are very
awkward and hard to get used to. If you want to try them anyway, I would recommend a Herco
thumbpick and Dunlop fingerpicks. The picks will make your guitar sound louder, enable you to
play faster, and make the brush technique easier. But again, they are difficult to use. If you are
having trouble, try turning the picks gently towards your thumb so they are slightly off center.
This will help with the angle of attack and eliminate some pick noise.
My favorite strings are made by John Pearse. If these aren't available, Martin guitar strings
are excellent. I use medium gauge or on occasion, medium lights. As far as a capo, there is only
one that works for me, and it is made by Schubb. It is easy to get on and off the guitar neck and it
doesn't pull the strings out of tune.
The guitars I play vary, but my favorites are a 1936 Martin 000-18, a Santa Cruz OM
model, and a new National style "0" resonator guitar. All are great instruments, and I highly recommend them. Both the Santa Cruz and the National are heard on the cassette tape.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the book and didn't become too frustrated with
my methods. Have patience, and it will all come together. If you find this book
too difficult, try to check out Blues Guitar, An Introduction to Acoustic Blues also
from Centerstream Publications.
Remember to listen to the tape continuously and don't rely only on the
music. This will help you get the proper feel for the music. (I can't stress this
enough!) It is also very important to listen to as much other recorded blues as
possible. The musicians I think you should listen to include John Lee Hooker,
Johnny Shines, Robert Johnson, Brownie McGhee, John Hammond, Taj Mahal,
Rev. Gary Davis, Snooks Eaglin, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Mississippi John Hurt to
mention a few.
I personally have five albums out with my partner, Tom Ball, the newest
entitled, "Filthy Rich" (FF 619). Tom is an excellent harmonica
player/vocalist/guitarist, and we cover a wide variety of blues styles on these
recordings. They are available from your better record stores or from Flying Fish
Records, Chicago, IL, or from myself:
Kenny Sultan, Santa Barbara,
Also, feel free to write me if you have any questions about this book. This
is the second in a series of blues guitar books I am doing for Ron Middlebrook at
Centerstream Publications, so keep an eye out for the next Blues Guitar book.
Until then, good luck with your playing, stay loose.

About The Author. Kenny Sultan has been playing guitar since the age of seven. Soon thereafter, his brother introduced him to the Blues of T-Bone Walker and Lightnin' Hopkins. The effect was permanant. A noted teacher, he has taught music, guitar and blues at the College level. Kenny has also conducted workshops and seminars  throughout the country. He has five albums to his credit with his partner Tom Ball and has appeared as a sideman on numerous recordings by other artists. He currently resides in Santa Barbara, California.


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Basic 12-Bar Blues Progression

Blues Shuffle in E

Single String Shuffle

The Syncopated Shuffle

The Funky Shuffle

The Harmony Shuffle



Hideaway Blues (key of E)

Delta Blues (key of E)

Sleepy Head Blues (key of E)

Hey, Hey (key of E) Big Bill Broonzy

State Street Blues (key of E)

Lonesome Couch Blues (key of E)

Shuffle In A

Boogie In A

The C C Blues (key of A)

Joseph's Blues (ke of A)

Back Breakin' Blues (ke of A)

Alternating Bass

A Fine Filly (key of G)

The Don't Know Blues (ke of G)

Boogie Blues II (key of G)

Fly Hen (key of G)

Filthy Rich (key of G)

West Coast Blues (key of C) Blind Blake

Cincinnati Flow Rag (key of C) Rev. Gary Davis

Slide or Bottleneck

OPEN G Tuning                                                                                                       


Can't Be Satisfied - Muddy Waters

OPEN D Tuning

Dust My Broom - Robert Johnson - Elmore James

Clean My Room


Muddy's Blues

The F-B Blues

Fingerpicks-Strings-Capo's .


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