Norman Blake has made some incredible records where he plays by himself, without accompaniment. One of my favorites is definitely Live at McCabe's. Be sure to look it up if you haven't heard it. The record opens with Norman playing Nine Pound Hammer. It's incredible. The guitar tone is some of the greatest and most authoritative you will ever hear, and it's remarkable how powerful and full Norman sounds by himself, even when stops playing rhythm to play a single note solo.
This week we're going to take a look at Norman's intro to the song and try to get inside how he does what he does.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Nine Pound Hammer
Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Norman Blake Style Solo
Loop 0:25 Breakdown of Norman Blake Style Solo
Loop 14:25 Closing Thoughts and Outro