You may have seen Little Brother, (aka Doug Jones) posting links to his video lessons on the forums here at Guitar Noise. Well, Little Brother is also a mover and shaker over at the online site Acoustic Player Magazine and he maintains his own site with lessons, links and general info.
I have always wanted to venture into the world of Mississippi John Hurt and Fingerstyle Blues in general. So I was really excited when Doug sent me a copy of his Lazy Lefty Blues and Little Brother Lessons Volume One.
First, let me tell you about the production quality. You know that I’ve come down on some video lessons before because of the lack of quality. Well, Doug’s production shines. Everything from the title page and the menus, to the lighting, the split screens and the sound is professionally done.
The content is really well done also. Doug’s teaching style is a little bit different than many video lessons. You really get the feeling that you are just sitting down with him in the living room jamming and learning.
The Lazy Lefty lesson is based on Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson’s style and the technique you learn will enable you to play just about any song in the genre.
Split screen shots of the fingering and picking are fantastic. Doug plays up to speed, slow and one note at a time. It’s like a great guitar player is sitting down and teaching you his chops with the patience of a saint. You don’t even need the tab.
The Lessons Volume One is the same genre, but based on the styles of multiple legends of the blues. You get Frank Edwards, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, and Charlie Patton styles a la Little Brother. Now these lessons, available on DVD, are a little more advanced. Doug doesn’t use the split screen here, but I don’t find this as a big drawback. Both hands are clearly covered together and one at a time.
I can’t say enough good things about these lessons. 5 stars, Excellent, a cinematic tour de force…well okay, maybe the last one was over the top. Look, I love a good value and believe me this is one.
You can get the entire Lazy Lefty Blues lesson online for $12.95. Heck that is less than the cost of a pack of Elixirs. You couldn’t even get a 15 minute lesson for that little money.
Still not convinced? Well you can see lesson one for free on the site.
I mean it. Go buy this. Click on the link above and you can see the preview and plonk down your hard earned cash to buy it.
You can get the DVD of the excellent Little Brother’s Lessons Volume One for only $14.95. Again, this is a must have resource for your Blues lesson library.
To buy the DVD, go to the Little Brother Blues website.
If you need me I’ll be out on the porch playing Lazy Lefty Blues.