‘I’ve been asked many times if any of my Blues and Ragtime tunes were available in one collection. So, as requested I’ve chosen some of the old
and written a few more and put them together in this collection Blues and Rags’. As a guitarist I have always had a fascination for fingerstyle.
To simply strum with a progression of chords was never enough for me, and I constantly wanted more from the guitar. Great players like Big Bill Broonzy, Rev Garry Davis, Bert Jansch, Ry Cooder became my heros and provided me with my eureka moment. The sixteen original tunes in this collection are all inspired by these fingerstyle greats. It’s not a teaching manual, although there are a few warm ups to get you in the mood. The manual includes suggestions on how to play the tunes and there are video links to all the examples. Simply enjoy and pick along!
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About the Author
Rick Payne is an established acoustic blues guitarist with many national and international tours to his credit. He has become especially well known for his authentic acoustic blues finger picking, in the many traditional styles of the blues including delta blues, piedmont, ragtime and slide and has recorded several albums of this kind. Often compared with Ry Cooder, slide guitar maestro Rick Payne’s performances have taken him to prime time TV, to festivals and theatres throughout the UK and on tour to Europe, USA, Scandinavia and Greek Islands. He has provided music to a number of major TV productions, for programmes on Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. He has also featured on The Paul Jones and Mike Harding's show on BBC Radio 2. Rick has recorded a number of CDs, including the noted ‘Blue River Blues’ for Bennett House Records California. New CD - Radio City Blues now available CD or download Reviewers have described his sound as: heart wrenching and passionate, delicate and scorching, seriously brilliant, totally absorbing and spellbindingly evocative with raw and fiery vocals to match. As a teacher he has written and facilitated many courses and guitar workshop style sessions, teaching the art of Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Rev Garry Davis, Django, Ry Cooder and many more.