How to play ragtime blues guitar

Memphis Minnie
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As enamoured as we are with loud electric guitars, there is something incredibly satisfying about sitting down with an acoustic and creating a self-contained piece of music without needing to rely on backing tracks, or other potentially unrehearsed/late/loud/expensive musicians! 

Though purists will (correctly) point out the differences between ragtime and Delta blues, others will (also correctly) point out that the labels we assign to genres often came along later. Those who created the styles were either unaware of, or unconcerned about, such labels. 

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Richard Barrett

As well as a longtime contributor to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, Richard is Tony Hadley’s longstanding guitarist, and has worked with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keating.