Mudcat Café message #82656 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11225   Message #82656
Posted By: Mark Clark
29-May-99 - 01:50 PM
Thread Name: Learning to play guitar
Subject: RE: Learning to play guitar
'Spaw,

Yes, watching accomplished musicians closely is also of great value. I left home for Chicago in the winter of '62-'63 and one of the accomplished performers I quickly learned to watch was Art Thieme. Used to catch him at the old Rising Moon on Pearson.

Bob Koester used to host a blues concert/jam in a basement place on North State St. He would have Sleepy John Estes, Yank Rachel, Sunnyland Slim, Big Joe Williams, Hammie Nixon, with other greats dropping in occasionaly. We would sit on folding chairs right in the front row about six feet from the performers and try to catch what they were doing. As often as not, they guy next to me was a very young Mike Bloomfield (RIP).

The annual folk festival at the University of Chicago was also a wonderful place to learn. All the booked acts would conduct free workshops in Ida Noyes hall on Saturday morning. Not only could you see what they were doing but they were always glad to give you a personal lesson right on the spot.

I sure miss Chicago.

- Mark