Epitaph on a blues musician’s headstone: “I didn’t wake up this morning”

Your course of 118 in-depth delta blues lessons

Stream pre-war blues lessons, Netflix-style, on the songs of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, and many others.

See the Catalog of Blues Songs You'll Learn

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Blues #1

Blues #2

I’ve Got Trouble

Rope Stretchin’ Blues

Prison Cell Blues

Electric Chair Blues

Long Distance Moan

See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Shuckin’ Sugar

Got The Blues

Black Snake Moan

Jack O’ Diamonds

Broke & Hungry

Easy Rider Blues

99 Blues

Third Street Woman Blues

Nehi Blues

Married Man Blues

Outside Woman Blues

Cold Woman Blues

Trouble Soon Be Over

Some Happy Day

Revenue Man Blues

Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues

Mississippi Boll Weevil

Love My Stuff

Mean Black Cat Blues

Lord I’m Discouraged

Pea Vine Blues

Oh Death

Jersey Bull Blues

I’m Goin’ Home

Heart Like Railroad Steel

High Sheriff Blues

Hammer Blues

Last Kind Words

Motherless Child Blues

Eagles On A Half

Pick Poor Robin Clean

Skinny Leg Blues

Over To My House

Last Kind Words

My Buddy Papa Blind Lemon

Tell Me Baby

Whoopee Blues (Take 1)

Whoopee Blues (Take 2)

Times Done Got Hard

Down On My Bended Knee (Take 1)

Down On My Bended Knee (Take 2)

The Gone Dead Train

Death Bells

Ain’t You Sorry

Rolling Mill Blues

Tishamingo Blues

Skin Game Blues

Please Ma’am

Walkin’ Blues

Rock & Gravel Blues

Coal Man Blues

‘Fo Day Blues

Doin’ Wrong

Low Down Rounder’s Blues

Fairy Blues

Turtle Dove Blues

Rolling Mill Blues

Come On In My Kitchen

Stones In My Passway

Ramblin’ On My Mind

Drunken Hearted Man

Malted Milk

They’re Red Hot

From Four ‘Till Late

Milkcow’s Calf Blues

Terraplane Blues

Crossroad Blues

Dead Shrimp Blues

Phonograph Blues

Honeymoon Blues

Little Queen of Spades

Me & the Devil Blues

Kindhearted Woman

Sweet Home Chicago

When You’ve Got a Good Friend

Dust My Broom

Steady Rollin’ Man

Stop Breakin’ Down

Thumbin’ A Ride

Poor Bob’s Blues

Free Again

I’ve Grown So Ugly

Almost Dead Blues

Bertha Lee Blues

Hollow Log Blues

In The Evening

Cotton’ Pickin’ Blues

My Baby Left Me

Rockin’ Chair Blues

Don’t Go Down Baby

My Little Girl

Left My Baby Crying

Sleepy Woman Blues

Let Me Be Your Boss

Ride ‘Em On Down

Catfish Blues

Boogie Woogie Woman

Depot Blues

Walkin’ Blues (Death Letter)

Walkin’ Blues

Special Rider Blues (Test)

Special Rider Blues

Preachin’ The Blues

Low Down Dirty Dog Blues

Clarksdale Moan

American Defence

Am I Right Or Wrong

My Black Mama

Dry Spell Blues

Depot Blues

Check Out These 3 Sample Lessons

Cold Woman Blues​

Blind Joe Reynolds

I've Got Trouble

Belton Sutherland

Tell Me Baby

King Solomon Hill

In Case You're Curious​

Why Ploddings?

The mission of this site of this site is super simple.

To spread the style of early blues guitar for future generations to learn.. by creating full-length lessons on every pre-war blues artist’s complete discography by the year 2040.

Since starting in December 2018, 118 full lessons are up and running, covering the complete discographies of Belton Sutherland, Geeshie Wiley, King Solomon Hill, Robert Petway, Peg Leg Howell, and many others; as well, the site covers all of Son House’s pre-war songs, half of Robert Johnson’s discography, and so on.

It ain’t quite perfect yet, but with each month it’s steadily plodding towards the big goal.

5/5

5 Star Testimonials

Ralph H.
Ralph H.
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Last year I discovered a lesson on how to play Blind Willie Johnson’s “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, and Mitch of Blah148 and Ploddings. Not only was the lesson straight-forward, teaching you the basics of the song, the lesson went deeper, showing you how to actually play the notes and get the feeling.

And so my journey started. When I discovered that Mitch was developing a collection of Robert Johnson lessons, I was very excited. When the lesson pack came out I was probably one of the first one to buy it.

The lesson songs are grouped together based on their structure. Many of Robert Johnson’s songs have very similar structures, and as such if you learn the structure of one song, with a few tweaks of note changes, you can easily learn the songs’ brothers and sisters quite quickly and easily. I found this approach was different from other lessons on the net; different in that it hasn’t been approached this way before, which is odd as it seems much more intuitive.

The site promises that you can learn it all in 2 weeks, and if i didn’t have a full time job, two kids, a wife, and 2 cats I might have been able to learn them all in that timeline, but it did take me about a month. As such, it is quite amazing. By grouping the songs into families, it did make the whole process much, much quicker. And despite being burdened with responsiblitles, I learned more songs in a month than I learned in a year.

I would highly recommend this lesson set, and would also highly recommend past and futures lessons from Mitch at Ploddings.
Steve M.
Steve M.
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There are a number of people out there who provide lessons for the old blues greats, but when you hear the final product and compare it to the actual recording they can leave a lot to be desired. For whatever reason, the playing sounds nothing like the recording.

This is what sets Mitch apart from most of the others. Mitch shows you what is actually played on the recording, getting the notes right without adding unnecessary flourishes and embellishments. His genuine enthusiasm and care for the music shows through his correspondence and his ability to capture nuances of the songs he teaches.
Al K.
Al K.
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I had the pleasure of working with Mitchell for 3 years in my quest to play fingerstyle blues guitar and learn all about Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and other legends.

Mitchell can not only play all the standards and classics flawlessly and with ease, but he has a knack of explaining the hand and chord positions in a manner that makes sense to the mere mortal guitar player. On top of the amazing chops and technical skills Mitchell has, he also has an amazing understanding of the musical history and impact on future generations each of the early masters has had on the blues genre.

Mitchell is the most talented guitar teacher I have met in my 40+ years of trying to improve my playing. Thank you Mitchell!
Curtis T.
Curtis T.
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I initially dove into Mitch's course on Robert Johnson and the Delta Blues. I am a novice guitar guitar player, and found he made it easy to follow, use, and pick up the main licks and choruses of the songs. Also, it's easy to use and navigate the many songs that are available. I got this course at a very good price for what I've gotten.

Now that I've watched the lessons, it's opened my eyes up to a whole new perspective and appreciation for R&B, Blues, Country, and so on.

I hope to develop my guitar ability learning Robert Johnsons style. My life feels like a Robert Johnson story but learning these licks and basic chord progression has helped me grasp some of these classic blues sounds. Keep up the good work!

What You'll Get

1-on-1 Support

Hop on a complimentary 30min guitar lesson with me. Plus you’re always welcome to contact for 1-on-1 questions and support. 

Lifetime Money Back & Access

Become a ‘Plodder’ for life! Just that one-time fee and you’ve got lifetime access. For reassurance, your money-back is guaranteed for life too.

Unique Content

The only place you’ll find step-by-step lessons on obscure artists like King Solomon Hill and Robert Petway.

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FAQ

You can see a full list of all the lessons at the top of this page.

Click here to jump to that section.

Yes you can watch 3 full lessons completely to get a taste of what you’d be getting.

If you’d like to jump back to the section of sample lessons, click here.

Your instructor is a Canadian named Mitchell Park, also known by the Youtube channel name of Blah148.

He began teaching Delta Blues on Youtube around 2011, and is excited to share as much as possible about blues guitar.

The format of the lessons are full-length video tutorials, walking through each song step-by-step.

The video lessons range from 8 minutes long to 25 minutes long, using whatever time neccessary to fully describe each song.

Yes, full refunds are available with no questions nor hassles.

All refunds will be securely handled via Paypal or Stripe.

Yes, feel free to send song requests of your favorite pre-war blues songs to be covered in upcoming lessons.

Not all are covered immediately, but eventually most are. Many of the lessons here are based on suggestions.

Yes, you can contact through a few ways. Your message will be returned within 1 day.

i. Ploddings contact page
ploddings.com/contact

ii. Email
[email protected]

iii. Skype
live:mpark148

iv. Discord
blah148#9221