Dear John

How Myles’s Delta blues hero shaped his play­ing

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“I didn’t discover Mis­sis­sippi John Hurt un­til much later in life but when I did I kind of fell head-over­heels for what he did. The right-hand tech­nique in his play­ing was what re­ally drew me in. It sounded like there were two gui­tarists play­ing and I re­mem­ber dis­cov­er­ing some of those record­ings and think­ing, ‘Is

there another guy in the room with him? How is he do­ing this? It was in­cred­i­ble to me. So I tried to sit there and learn the pat­terns. It was a lit­tle frus­trat­ing at first but af­ter a while I got a few songs un­der my belt and as you know with fin­ger­style, once you de­velop a cer­tain tech­nique you can take it and use it in other con­texts and, hope­fully, you’ll be on au­topi­lot and it’ll work. A song like Haunt­edby De­sign def­i­nitely high­lights his influence on me as a gui­tar player. That’s a full-on Mis­sis­sippi John Hurt gui­tar approach.”

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