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Johnm:
Hi all,
For the Song of the Month lesson in August, 2021 at my website, johnmillerguitar.com, I have selected Larry Johnson's version of "Ragged And Dirty", which he played out of D in standard tuning. One of the hallmarks of Larry's style was that even when playing Blues warhorses like "Ragged And Dirty" or "Two White Horses", and never played a recreation of another musician's earlier version of the song--he always came up with his own way of playing the song. Here is Larry's arrangement of "Ragged And Dirty":



Because Larry played the song (at least in this recorded version) very much as a set piece with minimal variations, the transcription that accompanies this lesson is relatively short, with his intro and verse one accompaniment. The verse is a long form, by the way, with 23 bars. If you order the lesson, you'll receive the TAB transcription and very thorough talk-throughs of Larry's intro and verse one accompaniment. For the month of August, 2021 only, I'm offering this lesson for $35.00. To order it, go to www.johnmillerguitar.com , in the Teaching section, and follow the instructions for placing a lesson order. I hope folks will take advantage of this opportunity to learn this strikingly original arrangement of "Ragged And Dirty".

All best,
Johnm

Johnm:
Hi all,
For the Song of the Month lesson for September, 2021 at my website, johnmillerguitar.com, I have chosen Lonnie Johnsons's "Life Saver Blues", one of his songs that he accompanied himself out of D position in DGDGBE tuning. Lonnie's performance showcased his always-beautiful tone and a lot of interesting ideas for chord voicing. Here is his performance of "Life Saver Blues":



The transcription you'll receive if you order the lesson includes his intro, verse one, two and four accompaniments, his solo and his coda, as well as thorough talk-throughs of each of those parts of the transcription. For the month of September, 2021 only, I'm offering the lesson for $35.00. To order the lesson, go to www.johnmillerguitar.com , in the Teaching section, and follow the instructions for placing a lesson order. I hope folks will take advantage of this opportunity to learn a song by one of the most influential of the early Blues guitarists.
All best,
Johnm 

Johnm:
Hi all,
For the Song of the Month lesson of October, 2021 I have chosen Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis' version of "Two Trains Running", a hypnotic piece for which he accompanied himself out of E position in standard tuning. It's a performance that perfectly exemplifies the call-and-response of voice being answered by guitar that is at the heart of the blues sound. Here is his performance:



INTRO

But I love, love my baby, woman, then I tell all, world I do,
Baby, and I try so hard, little girl, gon', try to get along

I said, baby, two train a-runnin', babe, ain't nar' one,  goin' my way
Baby, there the one run at midnight, other one,
(guitar) sure 'nough it do (guitar) go where my (guitar) sure 'nough I'll

I say how, how her love, somebody help me, with those blue',
'Cause I'm in love with a little married woman, but, but now, woman, I hate to (guitar)

I been a crazy, child, I been a fool, I been a-grievin', whoa, all of my life
Baby that I fell, fell in love with, (guitar) sure 'nough I do (guitar) I love her

I say, oh, oh, she don't talk, but she can weep now, willow tree
But I love, love that woman, but it's, Lord (guitar) sure 'nough it do (guitar) uh, oooo (guitar) ow (guitar) ow (guitar (ow) 

 For the month of October only, I am offering a virtual lesson for $35.00 which includes a TAB transcription of his intro and verse one and two accompaniments, and very thorough talk-throughs of each section of the transcription. To order the lesson, go to www.johnmillerguitar.com , in the Teaching section and follow the instructions there for making payment. U. S. residents also have the option of ordering a hard copy version of the lesson for $45.00. I hope folks will take advantage of this opportunity to learn this exciting piece.
All best,
Johnm

Johnm:
Hi all,
I wanted to let you know that I have selected William Harris' "Keep Your Man Out of Birmingham" for the Song of the Month lesson at my website. The song is a striking one, played out of Spanish tuning, capoed up. Here it is:



The transcription that accompanies the lesson has William Harris' intro and verse one and two accompaniments. Each section of the transcription includes a thorough talk-through describing fretting hand economies of motion, the picking attacks, etc. Lyrics of the song are sent as well. Cost of a virtual lesson, sent as attachments to emails, is $35.00 during the month of November, 2021 only. U S. residents may order a hard copy version of the lesson for $45.00. To order the lesson, go to my website, johnmillerguitar.com, and follow the instructions in the "Teaching" section for making payment.

Thanks for your time, and I hope you'll take advantage of the opportunity to learn this exciting song.

All best,
Johnm

Johnm:
Hi all,
I've decided to add a special Song of the Month lesson for November, and it is on my own arrangement of Kid Bailey's "Rowdy Blues". "Rowdy Blues" was recorded as a duet, and I wanted to do a solo arrangement that captured all of the movement in both the treble and the bass of the original performance, and I believe I succeeded. The song is played out of E position in standard tuning, and the arrangement is just one time through the form, matching the set piece arrangement of the original recording, which you can hear here:



Price for the lesson during the month of November is $35.00. You'll receive a TAB transcription of the arrangement and a very thorough talk-through of it when you order the lesson. To order the lesson, go to johnmillerguitar.com , in the Teaching section and follow the instructions there for making payment.
All best,
Johnm 

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