Blind Blake (1895-1937) is a figure of enormous importance in American music. Not only was he one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, but Blake also seems to have been the primary developer of “finger-style” ragtime on the guitar, the six-string equivalent to playing ragtime on the piano. Blake mastered this form so completely that few if any, guitarists who have learned to play in this style since Blake have been able to match his quite singular achievements in this realm.
“Bad Feelin’ Blues” was recorded in 1926 and is a perfect example of Blake’s finger-style approach. It’s tuned to drop D. Pay close attention to the super-fast triplets occurring throughout much of the song (notated with a “3” in the traditional music score).