Robert Johnson: Demystifying the Legend

    What made Robert Johnson so great? Is it some kind of mystery? Johnson was the first Honkey Tonk guitarist Nearly all of the Johnson recordings are very strong representations of Honkey Tonk guitar and and he's playing them with a thumb pick giving it that super strong rythym Nobody's done it since He was also the first and only acoustic blues guitarist to combine 7th chord rythms with slide guitar If you listen to other acoustic slide guitarists of the day like Charlie Patton, you'll notice they're not playing any 7th chord rythms, they're just playing basic chords Here's a video of Robert Johnson singing and playing banjo with Robert Petway, Mississippi Ferd McDowell, Hayes McMullan and someone else unidentified