Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Oh, Loveless Love

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Oh, Loveless Love

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The blues has a long and rich oral tradition. The folk musician and blues expert Happy Traum has done much to preserve it, in the instructional series he's overseen for almost 50 years through Homespun Tapes, not to mention the music he recorded with his late brother, Artie Traum, as well as his solo work.

"Careless Love Blues" appears on Traum's latest album Just for the Love of It. Traum learned the song many years ago, straight from one of his mentors, the great Piedmont blues guitarist Brownie McGhee. Traum's version is a composite, drawn from his memory of the several ways that McGhee, his first teacher, played him the song.

The key to playing this arrangement of "Careless Love Blues"-or fingerstyle blues in general-is to be able to play a steady, driving bass line on the lower strings while adding a melody and chords on the upper strings. This can be done with a thumbpick and fingers, as Traum does, or fingerstyle. …

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