Guitar of Elizabeth Cotten taught by John Miller (Guitar Workshop)

Vestapol   (2002) / Region 1
Guitar of Elizabeth Cotten taught by John Miller (Guitar Workshop)

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Elizabeth Cotton (1893-1987) occupies a unique niche in American finger-picked guitar. Composer of the perennial favorite "Freight Train", she taught herself to play left-handed on her older brother's guitar (which was strung right-handed), leaving her playing not only left-handed, but upside down as well, picking alternating bass with her index finger and melody with her thumb. Her musical gifts might have gone unknown except to family and friends had not a chance meeting in a Washington D.C. department store resulted in her living with and working for the Seeger family, who were excited when they heard her music and enabled her to record. What then, is Elizabeth Cotton's sound? It is beautifully flowing fingerpicked style with exceptional attention to details of phrasing and voice leading. There is a strong improvisatory element too, because renditions of the same song performed throughout Libba's career are often surprisingly different from each other. This DVD includes rare film footage of Elizabeth Cotton performing all the songs that are taught and the accompanying booklet includes TAB/standard notation transcriptions and lyrics of the songs.

Titles include:

Freight Train

Mama, Your Papa Loves You

Spanish Flang Dang

Oh Babe, It ain't No Lie


Wilson Rag


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Sep 26 2002
  • Production Year 2002
  • Empire SKU 453834
  • UPC Code 453834
  • Studio  Vestapol
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-SL


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  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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