Roots and Blues Fingerstyle Guitar: Complete Edition


Steve James, one of today's leading roots-music performers, recording artists, and teachers, presents a treasure trove of traditional American guitar styles in this unique series. Guitarists will learn fingerpicking and slide techniques not through dry exercises but by playing 25 songs from James' own repertoire and from such masters as Furry Lewis, Blind Willie McTell, Sam McGee, and Mance Lipscomb. And drawing on his extensive research and first-hand experience with these guitar pioneers, James tells the stories behind the songs, too. Includes:


  • Alternating-Bass Fingerpicking
  • Open Tunings
  • Bottleneck Slide


  • Eight Views on the Blues
  • Back to the Country
  • Naturals: Sam McGee and Furry Lewis


  • Guitars and Gear
  • Essential Recordings
  • Reference Materials


    • Railroad Bill
    • Take Me Back
    • Milwaukee Blues
    • Things About Comin' My Way
    • Jack O' Diamonds
    • Way Out on the Desert
    • Spanish Fandango
    • Liberty
    • Bear Creek Hop
    • Amos Johnson Rag
    • Guitar Rag
    • Railroad Blues

      Book also includes:

      • Sugar Babe
      • Sebastopol
      • John Henry
      • Crow Jane
      • Roll and Tumble
      • Stack Lee's Blues
      • Blues in A
      • Buddy Bolden's Blues
      • I Got to Cross That River Jordan
      • Spanish Fandango (Revisited)
      • Buckdancer's Choice
      • Judge Harsh Blues
      • I Will Turn Your Money Green

      "This is probably the best single book of basic American rural fingerstyles."

      —Sing Out! 

      Download the digital PDF & Video version of Roots and Blues Fingerstyle Guitar and get in-depth video instruction for 12 songs, along with notation and tab from Steve's best-selling book.

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