Working from original transcriptions of more than recordings released during the past 90 years, Gussow explores the varied uses to which black southern blues people have put this trouble-sowing, love-wrecking, but also empowering figure. Adam Gussow is a professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi and a professional blues harmonica player. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi. More praise for Beyond the Crossroads: "At once affable and frightening, the devil is forever partnered with the blues.
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Most of them used standard harp tablature--numbered arrows pointing up and down--but none of them indicated, with even minimal precision, the duration of each note, not to mention the rhythmic emphases the "swing" that made for real blues. So I developed my own form of tablature from scratch.
But my tabs also give you a precise rhythmic count underneath the arrows. No matter what level you are, I believe in treating you like a serious musician. Counting time accurately is part of what it means to be a musician. My tabs ground you in rhythmic fundamentals. I take pride in my work. You can find a few other accurate, precision-engineered harp transcriptions on the web--Glenn Weiser and David Barrett are both excellent--but my tabs offer a combination of accuracy, accessibility, and an attention to syncopation that makes them unique.
The page marked "AG gigs" will tell you where you can catch me in action as a harmonica teacher and performer. These include a FAQs page , a lively and popular forum , and specific recommendations for those looking to purchase harmonicas , harp mics , and harp amps. Luckily, much of that vinyl is available in digital form. Welcome to the site! Please stay a while and look around.
Many intermediate players have viewed the several harmonica solos I improvise here as a kind of graduation exercise and have uploaded videos in which they perform them.
Sterling "Mr. Satan" Magee is playing guitar.
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