American Roots & Blues Ensemble Workshop 

Course Number: MUS-100GDLCredit Hours: 1

Course Description

American Roots and Blues Music ensemble workshop focuses on the primary repertoire, stylistic characteristics and authenticity of the roots and blues styles. Artists studied include: BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Big Mamma Thornton.

Adam Levy

Levy has created a remarkable body of music over the past 30 years, and his talents continue to evolve today. He was recruited for Norah Jones’ recording of “Come Away with Me,” her multi-platinum, multi-Grammy debut on Blue Note Records. He remained in Jones’ orbit for several years to come, recording two additional albums and three DVDs, and touring the world as a member of her Handsome Band. He also played on Tracy Chapman’s mid-90s masterpiece New Beginning. Levy’s guitar earns the limelight in the bluesy “Give Me One Reason,” which won Best Rock Song at the 1997 Grammy Awards.

Levy is also a respected writer and educator, with the instructional courses Play the Right Stuff (book/DVD), 50 Low-Down Rhythms (DVD/online course), and Rhythm Makeover(DVD/online course) to his credit, as well as numerous articles for Guitar PlayerFretboard Journal, and other top guitar magazines.

Week 1:

Song 1: “Bright Lights, Big City”

Song 2: “Lovesick Blues”

Week 2:

Song 1: “San Antonio Rose”

Song 2: “Up on Cripple Creek”

Week 3:

Song 1: “Death Letter Blues”

Song 2: “Hey Pocky A-Way”

Week 4:

Song 1: “I’m Tore Down”

Song 2: “Messin’ with The Kid”

Week 5:

Song 1: “I’d Rather Go Blind”

Song 2: “Rip It Up”

Hardware & Equipment Requirements:

You will need:

  • Electric guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Amp
  • Metronome (or metronome app)
  • Audio Technica ATR2100-USB microphone
  • Behringer Xenyx Q502USB Mixer
  • CD/MP3 player (separate from computer)
  • Webcam
  • Desktop or laptop PC or Mac with speakers, running the most up-to-date versions of Google Chrome or Firefox (see “Software Requirements” for more info)
  • Video/audio recording software, such as iMovie or Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Printer, so that you can print out music examples used in the course or an iPad or similar device

Software Requirements: