Songbook: Avalon Blues


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Country Blues musicians and fans owe quite a lot to this one song.

John Hurt recorded Avalon Blues in 1928 along with many other of his wonderful songs. But after retiring from music, it was this simple line in Avalon Blues that led to his rediscovery in 1963:

Avalon, my hometown. Always on my mind…

His rediscovery led to many live performances and recordings that still have lasting influence.

About this course

This tutorial is based on the original 1928 recording of Avalon Blues.

We’ll cover the main theme along with the flashy guitar breaks.

We will focus on an abridged performance of the track to help you learn the song quickly.

If you want to go deeper and match the originally recorded version note-for-note, this course comes with a complete transcription in PDF format.

The performance video comes with the SoundSlice interactive tab player with multiple, selectable video angles so you can focus on what you need most.

If you’re ready to dive in and put this song in your songbook, click below and let’s get started!

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