Guitar Techniques of Folk Blues
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Music 1 - Room #102

Folk-blues artist Mokai explores the secret left and right hand techniques of Americana guitar players from the 20s to the 60s - a rich tradition that was passed from one guitarist to the next for generations. Much of this common knowledge was swept away by years of generic Mel Bay type guitar instruction. Check out how players from Maybelle Carter to Rev. Gary Davis used only two fingers to pick, or how they got those sounds you're eager to recreate fretting with only 3 fingers - or using the legendary 'thumb over' style.

Mokai is known for his authentic folk-blues picking and eclectic originals - echoing his deep connection to the playing of seminal folk artists from the 20s to the 60s. His guitar style and technique have been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine. "There's a bunch of traditional techniques I like to show people. Jamming in folk circles, I realized there's a lot of basic music theory I could turn people on to, and help them get more out of playing."