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Robert Johnson Lesson: Unlock the Guitar Mysteries of the Delta Blues Great

Delta blues giant Robert Johnson (May 8, 1911–August 16, 1938) is one of the most fascinating and mysterious performers in music history.He created an essential body of blues guitar music, recording 29 songs in 1936 and 1937 that would exert a powerful influence on the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Johnny Winter and many others.In this edition of In Deep, we’ll examine... …

'I Still Do' Blues: Eric Clapton Talks Robert Johnson's "Stones in My Passway"

Like his last two studio releases, 2013’s Old Sock and 2014’s The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, Clapton's new album—I Still Do—finds the guitarist in a reflective mood, looking back at the artists and songs that inspired him as a young man, connecting with old friends—including producer Glyn Johns—and honoring family memories. And it all starts with the title. ... …

Robert Johnson's Ferocious Guitar Style

Regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Delta blues wizard Robert Johnson recorded only 29 songs (plus 13 alternate takes, in two sessions) during his 27 years of life.They were cut when he wasn’t playing for tips on street corners, in juke joints or in front of barbershops and other commercial establishments.In his youth, Johnson copped licks directly from Son House, who later... …

Eric Clapton: The King and I

     In 2004, Eric Clapton paid tribute to Robert Johnson with an album of the Delta King’s classic blues.Back when he was a blues-obsessed teenager in England, something happened to Eric Clapton that caused him to fall down on his knees and ask the Lord above for mercy: he heard, for the first time, the music of Delta blues king Robert Johnson. Throughout his long and brilliant career,... …

101 Amazing Licks - Lick 65

We all know a great lick when we hear one—Jimmy Page’s solo breaks in “Whole Lotta Love” and Mark Knopfler’s blistering triads in “Sultans of Swing,” for example. Moments like these grab your attention and aurally brand your ears forever. Or, sometimes it acts more subliminally: You suddenly find yourself playing a certain lick over and over again, wondering, Where have I heard this before? ... …

101 Amazing Licks - Lick 55

We all know a great lick when we hear one—Jimmy Page’s solo breaks in “Whole Lotta Love” and Mark Knopfler’s blistering triads in “Sultans of Swing,” for example. Moments like these grab your attention and aurally brand your ears forever. Or, sometimes it acts more subliminally: You suddenly find yourself playing a certain lick over and over again, wondering, Where have I heard this before? ... …

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