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    Does anyone know of any tabs, sheet music, or chords for Mandolin from Delta Blues? Preferrably Robert Johnson, he's my favorite, but also John Lee Hooker or Muddy Waters, etc. Thanks all.

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    Drew:

    You don't mention your experience level.... There some reviews of mandolin instructional material on the Blues social group if you are interested. Certainly the Rich DelGrosso book MANDOLIN BLUESfrom memphos to Maxwell Street offers great stuff in standard notation and tab.
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    I am a total hack at the mandolin so am probably not the best guy to give advice. I got into mando to play Charlie Patton and Skip James. It is not all that difficult get things down like pinching the strings rather than strum them like James did. But what I found was while it was easy to play the descending chord line leading into the turnaround on Johnson's "32-20 Blues" adding a muted steady low note while you are doing it is a fingerbuster. My experience is that it is a heck of alot easier to play some Piedmont Blues than Delta Blues.

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    I am not really sure if Delta Blues is the right term for it but in case it isnīt "real" Delta Blues you may enjoy it anyways.... sorry no TABs

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    Aren't John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters known for Chicago Blues?
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    There are some excellent old recordings of Muddy Waters, just him and acoustic guitar, doing the old style. But he's famous for his later stuff with full band (electric guitar, Little Walter on harp). Most folks probably haven't heard his acoustic tracks, so I'd say you're right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonZ View Post
    Aren't John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters known for Chicago Blues?
    There is always lots of overlap on the definitions of the various styles of blues, often with considerable disagreement between "experts".

    In general, I'd say the what is often identified as "Chicago Blues" is most appropriately defined as an electrified version of the "Delta Blues".

    This is also very close to my favorite types of blues, the small ensemble, electrified, rhythm-driven, dance blues of the southern 'Juke Joints' called (appropriately) "Juke Joint Blues", as typified by R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. This raw, driving, electrified form of blues is the driving influence behind bands like the White Stripes and the Black Keys...Great stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesmandolinman View Post
    I am not really sure if Delta Blues is the right term for it but in case it isnīt "real" Delta Blues you may enjoy it anyways.... sorry no TABs

    ...snipped fantastic video...
    This is such a GREAT, GREAT video. I never get tired of watching it. Just brilliant.
    As a lover of the Blues, and of the mandolin, I find this Very Inspirational.
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    The only books I know are Rich Del Grosso's and Steve James'. There are a variety of resources at the Blues Mandolin Social group. You can also find a lot of video lessons by searching "Blues Mandolin" on Google.
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    Bluesmandolinman, as seen above, has some marvelous blues videos, and a whole bunch of lessons on blues mandolin. Once you get beyond the most basic rudiments of mandolin his videos contain several years worth of blues fundamentals and more sophistocated techniques.

    That is the beauty, in my opinion, of the internet and youTube... Just imagine what it would cost to buy the lessons and entertainment provided on youTube for free.
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    thanks Ed & Bart for the kind and encouraging words !

    the original post was asking for Robert Johnson Style mandolin.... so here you are : a little intro a la Robert Johnson

    hope you enjoy

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    Here we go, now that's what I'm talkin' about!...

    Bert Deivert on mandolin jamming in Greenville, Mississippi in T-Model Ford's front yard with him and Bill Abel. (T-Model Ford - guitar and vocals, Bill Abel - slide guitar, Bert Deivert - resonator mandolin).

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    c.1965 Harmony Monterey H410 Mandolin
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    "Life is too important to be taken seriously." - Oscar Wilde
    Think Hippie Thoughts...
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    I went to http://www.bluesmandolin.de and found the book "Blues Fiddle Classics", which turns out to be a great collection of tunes--nothing by the people you mention, though.
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    hey Ed thanks for posting the link to Love in vain , great picking on the mando !
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    Rene:

    The mandolin player is Michael Eck. My wife saw this group doing a historic Americana theme and thought they were excellent. I purchased my Stradolin from him... I got the best of that deal!
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