Although John Hurt’s style and repertoire are often imitated, his guitar sound is hard to duplicate. In this lesson, Steve James teaches you how to play like Mississippi John Hurt.
In the folk music boom in New York in the 1960s, the music of guitarist Mississippi John Hurt was a huge influence on players like Happy Traum, John Sebastian, and others.
The two principal open tunings used in blues guitar playing have old, vernacular American names: Vastopol and Spanish.
The sound of blues players on a budget remains an aesthetic legacy to the present day.
A comprehensive guitar method, songbook, and narrative anthology by Steve James, available to champions of this site or to purchase at store.AcousticGuitar.com.
The sound of Leonard Copeland’s guitar has remained iconic, and this piece by Steve James reflects that.
Henry Worrall scored his biggest hit with this tune, a bright melody in triple meter, played in open-G tuning.
This is one of Mississippi John Hurt's signature songs, and contains the innuendo-rich lyric "lovin' spoonful."
At its best, slide guitar playing combines economical phrasing with special attention to pitch and tone.