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And he told me... I didn't know nothing about how to play no guitar at all. He said "Hey, go home. Take my advice. You go home. You get that.. straight. You know what I'm talking about? Put that pick down. You think I'm scolding you? You a grown man, Hubert - listen to me!" I went home, man. I went to my basement. And I'm going to tell you something... I was thinking about what Wolf said. He said "Hey, put the pick down." I put the pick down, man. I put the pick down and started using... fingers, you know what I mean? - Hubert Sumlin, on how Howlin' Wolf introduced him to fingerpicking. From Moanin' At Midnight by James Segrest and Mark Hoffman

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Brownie McGhee's Home of the Blues
« on: March 09, 2014, 09:40:08 AM »
"I started a guitar school. It was called Home of the Blues, on 125th Street in New York. I did that for five, six years and had a lot of students - Brownie McGhee"

I believe one of the Traum Bros. Artie or Happy studied with Brownie there, but anyone know of anyone else? Is there any printed material extant from the school? I know Gary Davis taught there for a while, but he expressed serious dislike of Brownie to me when his name came up, because McGhee had turned him down for a loan to buy a new guitar after one of his had been stolen on the street.

It seems like finding out more info, might be an avenue into finding some older New York based players. Maybe there are hundreds of 75 year old Brownie acolytes hidden away.
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