Music: DVDs and books

Play guitar and mandolin Steve James-style!

Steve James with National Reso Rocket and National mandolin

Steve James with National Reso Rocket and National mandolin


Roots and Blues Fingerstyle Guitar

Fingerstyle Blues Songbook

Roots and Blues Mandolin


Roots and Blues Guitar

Learn To Play Blues Mandolin DVD  Vol. 1

Learn To Play Blues Mandolin DVD  Vol. 2

All DVDs and songbooks come with tablature plus either a CD or a digital download. You can shop for them below.

R&BFngerRoots and Blues Fingerstyle Guitar Book (String Letter 1-890490-14-8)

Book with download $20

This book details twenty-five songs in accessible, authentic arrangements, with standard notation, tablature and chord diagrams, plus backgrounds and photos on the artists and songs. The included downloads have all the music, played slowly and up to tempo. Includes Milwaukee Blues, Amos Johnson Rag, Stack Lee’s Blues, The Guitar Rag.


FngerBlsSongFingerstyle Blues Songbook

(String Letter press) book with CD $15

Steve’s 2005 book. Learn to play country blues, ragtime blues, boogie blues, slow blues, and gospel with fingerstyle technique. The songs are: Betty and Dupree, Shortnin’ Bread, “A” Blues for Ya, Raggin’ the Blues, Walkin’ the Basses, Slow as Lightnin’, Poor Boy, Delta Thing, Dusted, Lonesome Weary Blues, Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor, Oh, Mary Don’t You Weep, Skin Game Blues, Drop D Blues, and Bye Bye Baby Blues


bkmando1Roots and Blues Mandolin  (String Letter)  book with download $20

The basic runs, chords, picking and fretting techniques that will give your mandolin playing a bluesy sound are detailed here with text, tab notation and photos..  Then they’re applied to 13 blues classics including “Corrina”,  “Trouble In Mind” and “Careless Love”.


GuitBlsRtsRoots and Blues Guitar DVD 

(Homespun) $30

Roots and Blues Guitar-Fingerpicking and Slide From The Delta To New Orleans  (Homespun)  $30
Starting with the basics of thumb-and-finger picking and blues harmony, Steve demonstrates several song motifs in various keys and tunings.  Included are some of his unique melodic chord vamps and slide guitar riffs.  Accompanied by tab, this program is aimed at the beginning to intermediate player.


DVDmando1Learn To Play Blues Mandolin DVD  Vol. 1

(Homespun) $30

60 Minute DVD includes chord diagrams, music and tab.

With John Sebastian, guitar and 6-string banjo. Steve James shows novice players how to play a number of great blues and jug band tunes and the techniques to go along with them. A must for those who want to use the mandolin for rhythmic accompaniment or as a hard-driving lead instrument for the blues.


bluesmandodvd2Learn To Play Blues Mandolin DVD Vol.2 

(Homespun) $30

60 Minute DVD includes chord diagrams, music and tab.

With Del Rey guitar

Steve James brings you more of the funky, old-time songs and sounds that made his first mandolin DVD such a hit. He shows Jackson Stomp; Prater Blues; Corrina Corrina; Sittin’ On Top Of The World; Long As I Can See You Smile and Texas Tommy. Aimed at early-intermediate players.