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Ernie Hawkins is an internationally known blues and ragtime fingerpicking guitarist whose main influence is Rev. Gary Davis, with whom he studied in the late '60s. He has also played guitar with blues greats Son House, Mance Lipscomb, Fred McDowell, Jim Brewer and many others!
For many years Ernie Hawkins has been playing concerts, clubs, blues and folk festivals, workshops, colleges, museums, parties, fist fights and millennium celebrations in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe and at every stop in the road from A Prairie Home Companion to Antone's to the Madrid Jazz Festival.
Ernie has been featured in SingOut!, Fingerstyle Guitar, Dirty Linen, Acoustic Guitar, Blues Revue and Vintage Guitar magazines. He has appeared on "A Prairie Home Companion", "Mountain Stage", "Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour" and XM radio. Ernie appears on Maria Muldaur's Grammy and Handy nominated and Indie Award winning album "Richland Woman Blues" and was the guitarist for the national support tour.
Ernie's CDs include "Ragtime Signatures," "Blues Advice," "Bluesified" and "Mean Little Poodle," which was named Editor's Choice by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour and at blues venues worldwide. Ernie has taught at most of the major guitar camps and has made numerous instructional DVDs.
Ernie Hawkins - The Music Of Louis Armstrong - DVD
Rev. Gary Davis's style is made to order to play Louis Armstong tunes on guitar! As Ernie learned most of what he knows and does on the guitar from Rev. Gary Davis, this is how he sees it and how he has approached arranging the tunes on this DVD lesson. Once you find the right key on the guitar these early jazz masterpieces seem to fall right into place. Putting Cornet Chop Suey into the key of C, for instance, enables you to play the patented 'Gary Davis Slow Drag G form C run' throughout as the statement of the initial melody. The arrangements are for the intermediate to advanced players. They are multi-section compositions with lots of fingerpicking challenges. But all your hard work will be very worthwhile as these tunes are some of the greatest in the early jazz repertoire. Ernie teaches phrase by phrase and then uses the split-screen so you can carefully study what each hand is doing. A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD. Tunes include: "Potato Head Blues, Basin Street Blues, Cornet Chop Suey, Weather Bird, What A Wonderful World."
(163 min) Printable Tab Booklet.........................................Price - $29.95
Ernie Hawkins Plays "What A Wonderful World"
Ernie Hawkins - The Music Of Bix Beiderbecke - DVD
Books have been written about Bix Beiderbecke, movies have been made. His incandescent talent, meteoric rise and tragic death at 28: this is the stuff of myth and legend. We are fortunate that we have quite a few incomparable recordings. Although it is said that they only capture a shadow of Bix's sound, you can hear right away what the fuss was all about. As Ernie Hawkins attempted to do with some Louis Armstrong songs in an earlier DVD set, (Louis and Bix greatly admired each other), here he is playing and teaching some favorite Bix songs on guitar. Once again, the extraordinary fingerpicking style developed by Rev Gary Davis shines through, making this approach to the jazz of the 1920's possible. These songs may be challenging but they are fun and rewarding to learn and play. The arrangements are multi-section compositions with lots of fingerpicking challenges! Ernie teaches phrase by phrase and then uses the split-screen so you can carefully study what each hand is doing. Titles include: "Susie (Of The Islands), I'm Coming Virginia, I Need Some Pettin' and Stardust".
(139 min) Printable Tab Booklet.........................................Price - $29.95
Ernie Hawkins - Guitar Artistry: Blues & Ragtime Guitar - DVD
In this DVD Ernie talks about his musical influences and performs a wide range of blues, ragtime and gospel tunes. Titles include: "What You Gonna Do, Railroad Blues, Chump Man Blues, Rev. Davis Medley, Police Dog Blues, Slow Drag, Fast Fox Trot, Twelve Sticks, Florida Blues, Penitentary Blues, Potato Head Blues, Hawkins Rag, If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down That Road, Call Up China, Lightnin's Hideaway, Elm Street Blues, Masanga, Riding On a Moonbeam, Blue Belle".
(97 min).................................................................................Price - $24.95
Ernie Hawkins Plays "What You Gonna Do"
Ernie Hawkins - The CAGED Guitar System Made Easy - Vol 1 - DVD
Five Chord Shapes For Mastering The Fingerboard. If you think of the guitar fingerboard as unknown and remote territory, full of mystery and confusion - then we have the road map and compass you need! The C-A-G-E-D System provides you with a complete under-standing of the entire neck of the guitar so you can find your way around without ever getting lost again! Guitarist Ernie Hawkins calls it "The Magic Key" and on this DVD he lays out a clear and easy method for finding any chord, note or lick - in any key- anywhere on the fingerboard! He shows you how five basic chord shapes, moved up and down, can reveal all the scales, intervals and voicings you'll need to play any kind of music. Ernie patiently and thoroughly provides drills, exercises, practice tips and the basic theory necessary to help you understand the principles behind this important system. His amazing lesson teaches the fundaments of how the guitar works in a clear, step-by-step way that will open your eyes, give you security and confidence, and forever change your guitar playing life!
(85 min) Printable Tab Booklet...........................................Price - $29.95
Ernie Hawkins - The CAGED Guitar System Made Easy - Vol 2 - DVD
Playing Chords And Licks In Every Key And Position. Ernie continues his detailed exploration of the C-A-G-E-D guitar system, using his lifelong experience in country blues fingerpicking as the springboard for this lesson. You'll start by learning to play the standard 12-bar blues chord progression in every position and in every key, the heart of the C-A-G-E-D concept. As in his previous DVD, Ernie patiently and thoroughly provides drills, exercises, practice tips and the basic theory necessary to help you understand the principles behind this important system. You'll see how licks can be transposed from one key to another, how to link chords with harmonized passing tones, how major and minor arpeggios help you find notes everywhere on the neck, and how all the notes, intervals and chords work together to form a complete musical picture. Whether you're playing blues, folk, jazz or rock, this "Magic Key" to the fingerboard will give you the security and confidence to branch out into any musical genre that interests you!
(85 min) Printable Tab Booklet...........................................Price - $29.95
Ernie Hawkins - The CAGED Guitar System Made Easy - Vol 3 - DVD
Exploring Blues And Ragtime Progressions. In this third lesson, Ernie helps you explore blues melodies as they move up into the highest reaches of the fingerboard. He shows you the chord shapes, notes, and licks in every position and passes along valuable ideas that will bring the guitar into clear focus for every style you play. Building on the 12-bar progressions you already know, Ernie adds passing formations to link one chord to another in a variety of keys and creates a beautiful blues guitar solo reminiscent of other classic 12-bar compositions. A popular ragtime progression (often called "The Circle Of Fifths") is also explained and taught in detail. Ernie then works through the famous Blind Blake song "West Coast Blues" creating a great fingerpicking arrangement which will bring you to another level in your understanding of chord structures!
(60 min) Printable Tab Booklet...........................................Price - $29.95
Ernie Hawkins - Teaches Fingerpicking Arrangements Piedmont Style - DVD
Guitar ace Ernie Hawkins has made superb arrangements of 4 classic pop songs that are perfect for the alternate-thumb fingerpicking method known as Piedmont Style. Ernie teaches each of these songs note-for-note, measure-by-measure and shows the chord shapes, bass and melody lines, licks and rhythms that bring each one to life! By picking these with the traditional steady bass and syncopated melody technique, you'll develop a style that will be great for solo performances or jamming with other players. Ernie builds on the techniques he developed on his successful C-A-G-E-D System DVD lessons, and these exciting arrangements will add immeasurably to your skill and repertoire! Tunes include: "When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along" -Harry Woods, "The Charleston" -James Johnson, "Rockin' Chair" -Hoagy Carmichael, and "The Glory of Love" -William Hill.
(75 min) Printable Tab Booklet...........................................Price - $29.95
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