Roots and Blues Fingerstyle Guitar

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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 from James' own repertoire and from such masters as Furry Lewis, Blind Willie McTell, Sam McGee, and Mance Lipscomb. Drawing on his extensive research and first-hand experience with these guitar pioneers, James tells the stories behind the songs, too.

This comprehensive guide is available in two different formats:

  • Book & Audio Download package: 88 pages with written instruction, notation and tab for 25 songs, plus accompanying audio instruction performed by Steve James, available to download.
  • PDF & Video Download package: Downloadable version featuring the written instruction, standard notation and tablature for 12 songs, plus accompanying video instruction performed by Steve James.


  • Alternating-Bass Fingerpicking
  • Open Tunings
  • Bottleneck Slide
  • Eight Views on the Blues
  • Back to the Country
  • Naturals: Sam McGee and Furry Lewis

      "This is probably the best single book of basic American rural fingerstyles."—Sing Out! 

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