Learn the guitar stylings of the pioneering Hubert Sumlin – essential learning for any aspiring blues player

Hubert Sumlin
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A blues guitar legend with a legacy like no other, Hubert Sumlin began his career rubbing shoulders with the original heavyweights of both country and electric blues. He was there at the beginning, in the room, so to speak, when the blues began. He went on to influence generations of guitarists that followed. In short, Hubert is the real deal.

Sumlin’s career spanned six decades and included an impressive output as both solo artist and sideman. However, he is perhaps best known for his partnership with Howlin’ Wolf (as well as for a brief stint with Muddy Waters).

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David Gerrish

David is a guitarist, producer, and educator. He has performed worldwide as a session musician, with artists and bands spanning many musical genres. He draws upon over 20 years of experience in both live performance and studio work, as well as numerous composing credits. As a producer, he's collaborated with artists across genres, including pop, RnB, and neo soul. David holds a master’s in jazz guitar and teaches at BIMM London and the London College of Music. He is also a regular contributor to Guitar Techniques magazine, sharing his love of blues in a monthly column.