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SONG #6: THE THANK YOU SONG
FLAVOR: DELTA STYLE BLUES WITH SLIDE GUITAR

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RORY BLOCK TEACHES ROBERT JOHNSON'S CROSSROADS BLUES:

Rory is one of the best present day slide players. Here she is teaching a song by perhaps the greatest delta blues pleayer, Robert Johnson. She is also shows how to play slide guitar.




ELLA FITZGERALD & ROY ELDRIDGE SCATTING:

Ella is perhaps the greatest jazz singer ever and definitely the best "scatter" ever. Roy Eldridge, a famous jazz trumpet player, is scatting with her.



SPECIAL VOCABULARY WORD: THE DELTA

In geography, when looking at land, the delta is the flat area at the mouth of some rivers where the main part of the river splits into several smaller branches. The best known delta in the United States is the delta of the Mississippi River. Delta style guitar playing was developed in this area of the country.