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Mississippi John Hurt [With CD] [Sheet music]

Stefan Grossman
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Mississippi John Hurt [With CD] + Stefan Grossman's Early Masters of American Blues Guitar: Delta Blues Guitar (Book & CD) + Complete Country Blues Guitar Book (Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop Audio)
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  • Sheet music: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company; Pap/Cdr edition (Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739043307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739043301
  • Product Dimensions: 30.3 x 22.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Series: Stefan Grossman?s Early Masters of American Blues Guitar Category: Guitar Method or Supplement Format: Book & CD Instrument: Guitar The Early Masters of American Blues series provides the unique opportunity to study the true roots of modern blues. Stefan Grossman, noted roots-blues guitarist and musicologist, has compiled this fascinating collection of 26 songs legendary blues guitarist Mississippi John Hurt. In addition to Stefan's expert transcriptions, the book includes a CD containing the John Hurt's original recordings so you can hear the music as it was originally performed. Mississippi John Hurt had a fascinating career, originally recording a handful of songs in the late 1920s, and, after disappearing for nearly 30 years, being rediscovered by a new generation of musicians that included Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Stephen Sills. Found in 1963 living in a small town in Mississippi, by an admirer who tracked him down through the lyrics of his 1928 single Avalon Blues, Mississippi John Hurt was persuaded to go to Washington, D.C. and start a new career. He spent the next three years performing and recording for a whole new group of fans. In addition to transcribing all the songs in this collection, Stefan Grossman was also a student of John Hurt.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I had no pages either missing or duplicated, which has happened to others --- see other reviews. This is probably the best value guitar songbook I have bought. Incredibly, you get two full CDs of John Hurt's original recordings selected to match the transcriptions. Stefan Grossman's transcriptions show what a true scholar he is of this blues form. He has a truly deep feeling for Hurt's music. Each tune is represented by first a basic melody version, which is great for players like me who like to pick just the melody, and then a full fingerstyle version, which is beyond me at the moment but which I will hopefully graduate to over time. If you like Hurt's music I don't think there is a better songbook available. I have other blues songbooks that include the odd Hurt song but none of those versions are a patch on Grossman's transcriptions. Highly recommended. I just hope that the binding issues are a thing of the past. Then again, the two CDs alone are worth the price here. One more thing, why aren't the other books in the series available? Only the Country Blues Anthology volume seems to be available. The sister books on Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller and others, I cannot find anywhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Mississippi John Hurt's guitar style is at once simple yet subtly complex; on first hearing you think 'I can play that' but when you try you quickly realise it's deceptively difficult. This book, with its very clear tablature and the accompanying CDs (you get two full length CDs with the book), as well as the musical notation for those that can read it, answers questions you don't even know need asking. I went from 'plink, plinking' one or two painful bars of 'Stack O'Lee' to an admittedly bumpy complete run-through in a few days. And at my limited skill level, that is quite a satisfying result. I recommend this book whole-heartedly, and if I could meet Stefan Grossman I would thank him whole-heartedly too. I feel that MJH's guitar style is now within my reach, and all I've got to do is practice.... maybe forever though.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 15 pages missing 2 Aug 2007
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After buying the "Blind Blake" book of this series I decided to purchase "Mississippi John Hurt" next with a view to collecting all the books of the Early Masters of American Blues Guitar by Stefan Grossman. But when I recieved the book, after nearly a month of waiting after placing the order,I was dissappointed to discover that not all the songs in the book are included on the cd's that came with the book, and worst still, fifteen pages (65 to 80) were missing and replaced with a repeat of pages 49 to 64.
In my mind, this is pretty poor quality. What happened to the quality control part of the publication process?
I will be attempting to return this book and get my money back.
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