Blues Guitar - Spike Driver Blues by Mississippi John Hurt

Jim Bruce, Blues Guitar Teacher and Author

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    • Spike Driver Blues - Mississipi John Hurt

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Spike Driver is a hypnotic piece in G. As usual, play John Hurt with a lazy but strongly accented alternating bass and notice that this song is basically all G, with simple chord variations!

This very interesting way of playing is common to other blues as well, such as Reverend Gary Davis. It seems as though the piece consists of basic chords, which is usually three for simple song, but it's rare to see a complete chord fretted.

Often, the G7 chord is made by using the ring finger on the D string, 3rd fret instead of the conventional form, which creates a special feel and when combined with the G string fretted on the 3rd, and unusual and very appealing syncopation is set up. Remember that syncopation is nothing more than playing a sequence of strings in such a way that the resulting music sound much more complex than it actually is.

Hurt had a lazy style which sounds deceptively easy to copy. Notice how the bass pattern is rock solid while his two fingers effortlessly pick triplets on the treble strings. Take it easy and nice and slow.

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Jim Bruce

Blues Guitar Teacher and Author

After making a living out of playing acoustic blues guitar in Europe for many years, I became interested in teaching online about 15 years ago, and began creating lessons. In 2103 I was voted N?2 top blues guitar teacher by users of Truefire.com.

While blues guitar remains dear to my heart, the last year I've been concentrating on novel writing and future classes will reflect this. It's all about creating and being the best we can possibly be!

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