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Rev. Gary Davis

    Rev. Gary Davis was a giant. He was a master guitar player as well as a wonderful and patient teacher. He was an exciting performer who could entertain a college audience, bring 25,000 people to their feet at an outdoor festival, move the spirit of a handful of men and women in a small Harlem storefront church, or bring smiles to a few students and friends who gathered around his home to hear his stories and music. He was an innovator in the story of the guitar and was as important to the acoustic guitar as Andres Segovia was to the Spanish guitar or Earl Scruggs to the five-string banjo.

    In the last decades the influence of Rev. Davis's music has been felt on the broad pop level. Many of his arrangements and songs have been recorded by popular artists. Taj Mahal, Hot Tuna, Donovan, Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan, Ralph McTell, David Bromberg and Peter, Paul and Mary are some of the artists who have performed Rev. Davis's material. It is his guitar styles and techniques that have probably influenced today's music even more than his songs. He has been the teacher of many blues guitarists!

     The sound usually associated with North Carolina guitar players, i.e. Blind Boy Fuller, can be traced back to the ideas and techniques that Rev. Davis explored and perfected. Many guitarists of today have been greatly influenced by his music and carry on his tradition. As Rev. Davis used to say, "I have no children but I have many sons. "Rev. Davis was a competitor. He wanted to be the best. He always wanted to stay a few yards ahead of all his students. This he easily managed!

    Even in his last years Rev. Davis was an exciting guitarist and performer. He lost some of his speed in playing but this he replaced with a new emotional content. On hearing him perform at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1971 listeners were amazed that all the intricacies of his playing were still present. He had wisely slowed down each tune so that he could play all the parts. Rev. Davis died on May 5th, 1972. He was 76 years old. His death somehow came as a surprise to all the people who knew him well. He had seemed like a person who would live and play forever.

Rev. Gary Davis - Ragtime Guitar Of Rev Gary Davis - 2 DVD Set
Gary Davis was an incredible ragtime guitar player whose arrangements illustrate what has become known as the Piedmont guitar style. In this double DVD lesson, Ernie Hawkins teaches each section phrase by phrase and carefully shows you the right hand picking as well as the left hand fingerings that were unique to Rev. Davis’s approach. A detailed tab/music instructional booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD. Also featured are split screen segments where each section is played slowly and you can study the movements of each hand. As a bonus we have included various audio performances of Rev. Davis playing each song. Songs include: "Slow Drag (Cincinnati Flow Rag), Don't Let My Baby Catch You Here, Make Believe Stunt (Maple Leaf Rag)".
(173 min) Printable PDF Booklet........................................Price - $39.95

Rev. Gary Davis - Novelty Instrumentals Of Rev Gary Davis - DVD
Taught by Ernie Hawkins. In this lesson Ernie Hawkins teaches three Rev. Davis arrangements that will challenge your fingers. Rev. Gary Davis's tour de force in concert was his "Soldiers March." This is a multi-part instrumental played in the Key of F and C and is a showcase in demonstrating the genius of Rev. Davis's playing and arranging skills. Few country blues guitarists played in the Key of F but Rev. Davis explored this key with religious as well as old pop standards. "Darktown Strutters Ball" is a fascinating arrangement that captures the atmosphere of the 1920s. Rev. Davis use to tell his students that playing with a bottleneck was cheating. Yet his "Whistlin' Blues" uses this technique combined with an Open D6 tuning to create an unusual boogie piano sound. Ernie Hawkins teaches each tune phrase by phrase and carefully shows you the right hand picking as well as the left hand fingerings that were unique to Rev. Davis's approach. Also featured are split screen segments where each section is played slowly and you can study the movements of each hand. As a bonus we have included various audio performances of Rev. Davis playing each song!
(93 min) Printable PDF Booklet..........................................Price - $29.95

Rev. Gary Davis - Rags & Minstrel Show Songs Of Rev Gary Davis - 2 DVD Set
Taught by Ernie Hawkins. Rev. Gary Davis had an enormous repertoire that spanned from gospel to blues, rags to folk tunes and old minstrel show songs. In this double DVD lesson Ernie Hawkins presents some of Rev. Davis's most requested rags and minstrel tunes. These vary from "Sally Where'd You Get Your Liquor From" (made popular by Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna) to the complex dance rhythms of "Buck Dance and Twelve Sticks, to Devil's Dream", an instrumental played in the Key of F. These are arrangements that will challenge any guitarists. Ernie Hawkins teaches each tune phrase by phrase and carefully shows you the right hand picking as well as the left hand fingerings that were unique to Rev. Davis's approach. Also featured are split screen segments where each section is played slowly and you can study the movements of each hand. As a bonus we have included various audio performances of Rev. Davis playing each song. Songs include: "Buck Dance, Devil's Dream, Fast Fox Trot, Sally Where'd You Get Your Liquor From, St. Louis Tickle, Twelve Sticks".
(178 min) Printable PDF Booklet........................................Price - $39.95
 Rev Gary Davis Plays "Devil's Dream"

Rev. Gary Davis - Blues Guitar Of Rev Gary Davis - 2 DVD Set
In this double DVD lesson, Ernie Hawkins teaches in detail 9 of Rev. Gary Davis' best known blues arrangements. These songs have become well known through the playing of Bob Dylan (Baby, Let Me Lay It On You), Jackson Browne (Cocaine Blues), Hot Tuna (Hesitation Blues) John Renbourn, Stefan Grossman, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Hot Tuna and a host of other musicians (Candyman). Rev. Davis approached playing the blues in several different styles. Each had unique characteristics and ranged from what he called "old fashion picking" to complex playing that explored and extended the blues tradition on the fingerboard. Each arrangement is broken down phrase by phrase and then played slowly on a split screen. You can easily follow the playing with the tab/music booklet! As a bonus we have included various audio performances of Rev. Davis playing each song. Includes: "Baby Let Me Lay It On You, Can't Be Satisfied, Candyman, Cocaine Blues, Delia, Florida Blues, Hesitation Blues, Penitentiary Blues, Spoonful".
(176 min) Booklet included.................................................Price - $39.95

Rev. Gary Davis - Gospel Guitar Of Rev Gary Davis - 4 DVD Set
Taught by Ernie Hawkins. Rev. Gary Davis was a musical genius. His music and guitar playing spanned a century of different techniques, styles and ideas and touched on so many musical formats, i.e. blues, ragtime, folk, gospel, marching songs and tin pan alley hits. In this series of four lessons Ernie Hawkins teaches fourteen of Rev. Davis's most requested and famous gospel guitar arrangements. Rare footage of Rev. Davis playing many of the tunes taught in this collection is featured. Ernie gives you a detailed rundown of each arrangement, analyzing the structure and timing of each phrase, verse and chorus and then replaying everything slower on a split-screen with close-ups of both hands. A comprehensive 80 page tab/music booklet is included with 6 full hours of video instruction. Songs include: "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning, Samson and Delilah (If I Had My Way), Children of Zion, Oh Glory How Happy I Am, I Belong To The Band, Goin' To Sit Down On The Banks Of The River, Death Don't Have No Mercy, Twelve Gates To The City, Let Us Get Together, Right Now, I Heard The Angels Singing, Crucifixion, I Am The Light Of This World, You Got To Move".
(6 Hours) Booklet included (80 pages)..............................Price - $59.95

Rev. Gary Davis - The Video Collection - DVD
"Over the years I have searched for films and videos of my teacher, Rev. Gary Davis. His playing has influenced many fingerstyle guitarists. His words and warmth were especially important to his handful of dedicated students. In this collection I have put together all the footage that I have found to date. The recording quality ranges from excellent to poor but the music is always superb. Hopefully you will enjoy this collection as the genius of Rev. Gary Davis will fill your TV screen with inspiration and joy."– Stefan Grossman Titles include: "Sun Is Goin’ Down, Lord I Feel Like Goin’, Children of Zion, Oh Glory How Happy I Am, Sally Where’d You Get Your Liquor From, Calling for Irene, Buck Dance, Hard Walkin’ Blues, Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning, Make Believe Stunt, Guitar Lesson (Twelve Gates To The City), Twelve Gates To The City (Instrumental), Advice on Playing Guitar, Twelve Sticks, Samson and Delilah, Cincinnati Flow Rag (Slow Drag), Candyman, Wouldn’t Say Quit, (I Heard) The Angels Singing, I Belong To The Band, Talk on Death, Death Don’t Have No Mercy, She’s Just Funny That Way, Spoonful".
(109 min)...............................................................................Price - $24.95
 Rev Gary Davis Plays "Sally Where'd You Get Your Liquor From"

Rev. Gary Davis - Holy Blues - Book and 3 CDs
These lessons contain 3 full hours of instruction featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction taught by Stefan Grossman. Songs include: "Death Don't Have No Mercy, Let Us Get Together, Tryin' To Get Home, I Belong To The Band, I Am The Light of This World, Pure Religion".
Notation and tab..................................................................Price - $24.95
 Rev Gary Davis Plays "Death Don't Have No Mercy"

Rev. Gary Davis - Book and CD
Taught by Stefan Grossman.  Songs include: "Goin' To Sit Down On The Banks Of The River, Great Change Since I've Been Born, A Little More Faith, Pure Religion, Buck Rag, I Am The Light Of This World, You Better Mind, Walkin' Dog Blues, Let Us Get Together, The Angel's Message To Me, Make Believe Stunt, Cocaine Blues, God's Gonna Separate"
Notation and tab..................................................................Price - $19.95
 Rev Gary Davis Plays "I Am The Light Of This World"

Rev. Gary Davis - Ragtime Blues Guitar - Book and 3 CDs
These lessons contain 3 full hours of instruction featuring note-by-note, phrase-by-phrase instruction taught by Stefan Grossman. Songs include: "Hesitation Blues, Baby Let Me Follow You Down, Sally Where'd You Get Your Liquor From, Two Step Candyman, Candyman, Walkin' Dog Blues, Buck Rag".
Notation and tab..................................................................Price - $24.95
 Rev Gary Davis Plays "Candyman"

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