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      Do you want to play really great 3 string Delta Blues guitar?


      


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 Delta Blues and early American Folk music that was played on these homemade guitars was created by people who most often could not read music. Nor did they know any music theory or what chords and keys were. Many of them could not even read the written word!

The truth is you DO NOT need to know any math, chords, or complicated music structure to play great sounding 3 string cigar box guitar. If the people who played old time Blues music did not know music theory or complicated math, than neither do you.

On this DVD I will explain early American music from the 1880's to the 1930's and how to play it on 3 string guitar. These lessons teach you how to create and play old time Blues WITHOUT using complicated math. 
We are going to learn and study lessons that I have broken down in small easy to learn step by step building blocks that we will then put together to achieve that heavenly Old-Time Delta Blues sound.

Watch this video, you will see that vintage Blues is easy to learn and play. Slide guitar is basically one finger guitar. Watch my fingers, there is not much movement, watch the entire video, I will teach you how to play this exact type of music.


If you have always wanted to learn to play old school Blues or tried to learn how to play guitar in the past but you've always failed to get the right sound, it was most likely the poor instruction that hindered you from learning. All of that useless math and science theory usually stops most people from learning guitar. That confusing garble gives everyone headaches. You were not alone.



 I remember when I was younger, I was trying to learn from some pro level "Blues" teacher.  When he talked it sounded like he had a mouthful of marbles. He spoke clearly, but it was all just a bunch of babble to my ears. 



Needless to say I never learned a thing from his lessons.



I was Not the type of person who could grasp, "it's a G chord with this note divided by the root and added with a minor 7th,...or it's an open F# with a suspended 9th"...and so on.


I remember thinking to myself, "How am I ever going to learn?"



I just wanted to play and enjoy guitar, I didn't want to study rocket engineering!



I found it too hard and frustrating to learn by looking at confusing fingerings or colored dots or watching fretboard farts by some fast playing music teacher who was using big words and fancy math.



I needed clear English!

Now flash ahead up to today. I have been building and playing guitar almost 30 years. I picked up the guitar and fell madly in love with it at 16, I am now 43. I have been building and selling cigar box guitars for 12 of those years. (Red Dog Guitars)
All of those years of experience playing and building only cigar box guitars has given me a higher understanding than most people about 3 stringed instruments.
 If you want to learn to play great 3 string guitar, the biggest tip for success I can share is "how to hear and think" in simple terms. Most of those pro Blues music teachers make it way too complicated than it needs to be.

This DVD is not like the other standard "hard to learn" courses that every one else has. 

On this DVD,

NO math is involved

NO scientific music theory

NO folding and unfolding fretboard maps and wall charts 

NO confusing books to balance on your knee as you try to play your guitar

This DVD is different. I will explain how to play guitar in clear everyday English. I offer correct explanation of the techniques, how to TUNE the guitar to get a truly authentic and vintage sound, and on your part, you will only need patience and practice. 

I also show on this DVD how to set up your guitar. I like mine to sound gritty with a ruff-edged vintage type sound. I like it when the guitar is kind of scratchy and sounds like it's struggling to stay in tune. It makes the music sound like an old recording from the past.

Let's take a step back in time and listen to something vintage, then I can explain more below. 

Here is something to think about, 

Along time ago, if some guy played music like that sitting on the porch of his farm house, then you can do it too. 

Try this,
Use your imagination and think of a time long ago in the past.  Imagine an old red barn or farm house during a peaceful time 100 years ago.

Think about an old wooden hay wagon at the edge of a corn field. Imagine an old farmer who works the crops in his field. He was just a hard worker from a long ago simpler time, someone from the past who could not read or write. 

Now, visualize him sitting on the porch of his farm house in a rocking chair after a long days work. He's holding in his lap an old homemade guitar that he's made out of a used cigar box and some scraps of wood.
He's just sitting there relaxing, not thinking to hard about what he's doing. He's just strummin' away a breezy afternoon without a care in the world. He's having fun and entertaining himself playing music he likes and making sounds that he enjoys. Nothing fancy about it.
Now picture this part,

 Do you think if me and you went back in time and walked up to him and asked him,

 "Do you know what a D chord is transposed over the major 9th?" 

 Do you think he would know what on earth we were talking about? 

Would he even know what "music theory" was?

The answer is, No.

OK, so I don't have a DeLorean time machine, I am just making a point here, 

If many of the greatest Bluesmen of the last century didn't know complicated music theory and math, then the truth is you don't need to study or know it either. None of it. You do Not have to learn any at all. I don't use it, and on this DVD we will not study it.   In fact, the more music theory and math you try to learn, the farther away your music gets from "Blues" and the more it sounds like contemporary and European music.
 You do not need to learn math or music theory to play great 3 string guitar. 3 string guitar is fun and simpleWith proper instruction on how to create and play that old time Blues era sound from early America, you will then understand how to make your guitar make the "sounds" you want and desire to play. 

 If you have had a bad experience learning how to play guitar in the past, this will not be the same. 
As we progress step by step through this lessons DVD you will start to "unlock" the cigar box guitar. After you have been taught the correct building blocks, then you will start to understand the 3 string guitar. That is in fact the name of this DVD.  This DVD is called "Understanding 3 string guitar."





OK, either this DVD is for you or not, I guess I am done with the explaining. Thanks for your time and if you have read this far, thank you,This is just real simple and fun to play music. You can play this music too!

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 Thanks again for your time in reading this, John