Robert Johnson Article / Lesson Now Online

Scott's recent article and feature lesson on Robert Johnson, with eight TAB/notation examples, a two verse transcription of Cross Roads Blues, and sixteen minutes of video lesson segments is now up at

The article begins:

Robert Leroy Johnson came into this world on May 8, 1911, near the town of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, and departed it just outside Greenwood, Mississippi, on August 16, 1938. Born to itinerant sharecroppers Julia Spencer and Noah Johnson in the dark days of the Jim Crow South, Johnson turned himself into a versatile musician and performer, mastering a rich oral culture that by his time included commercial recordings.
Although he left behind little more than the 29 recordings made when he was 25 and 26 (with 11 records in print when he died), Johnson’s influence on blues, rock ’n’ roll, and folk musicians has been vast. Johnson’s recordings show influences from a virtual who’s who of blues artists of his time: Lonnie Johnson, Memphis Minnie, Leroy Carr, Blind Blake, Skip James, Son House, and Charlie Patton, among others.
His recordings, in turn, influenced the electric blues of Elmore James and Muddy Waters and, following the 1962 release of Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues, the rock ’n’ roll of Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin as well as nearly every acoustic blues guitarist of the past 40 years...