CHARLIE PATTON BLUES SCHOLARSHIP
Our charter includes the granting of
Customized Scholarship Awards
to young Native Americans
covering guitar, bass, harmonica, piano and vocals
These scholarships are available for certain qualifying applicants.
For more information, contact
Dick Gordon, Jr., Director of Scholarships
Applicants will need to submit a video, music bio, and short essay to be considered.
Dick Gordon, Jr - Headmaster
Guitar, bass and improvisational music theory instructor with over 44 years experience. He began performing professionally at nine years of age and has directed and produced music shows since high school, including a rock festival for the U.S.Navy. His students have performed in countries all over the world and some, with additional desire and motivation, have had successful music careers. His father, Gordon Sr was a well-known guitar instructor in Tulsa for more than 50 years. Dick has taught tens of thousands of lessons, allowing him to utilize his background from Tulsa University and other studies in Counseling Psychology. He is of Cherokee descent.
"Father of the Delta Blues"
Mississippi 1981 to 1934
Charlie Patton is widely considered one of the most important American musicians of the twentieth century, inspiring most of the Delta Blues Musicians. His parents on record are Bill and Annie Patton, a Native American couple of Choctaw and Cherokee ancestry, but according to local legend his father was actually a former slave by the name of Henderson Chatmon, who fathered many other Delta Blues legends, and a Cherokee woman of unknown name and origin. In fact, in several of his songs Patton sang of having gone to “the Nation” and “the Territory,” referring to the Cherokee Nation’s Portion of the Indian Territory which later became the great state of Oklahoma. He is responsible for mentoring and teaching Delta Blues legends Willie Brown, Tommy Johnson, Fiddlin’ Joe Martin, Chester Burnett (Howlin’ Wolf), and the extremely well known Robert Johnson.
Without Charlie Patton’s Native roots and influence, the blues would never have been born and a great piece of American culture and history wouldn’t exist. For this reason the Indian Nations Blues Association has chosen to name our annual musical scholarship the “Charlie Patton Blues Scholarship” to honor and carry on his legacy and influence to future generations of Native American bluesmen and blueswomen.
(actual curriculum will vary based on the specific needs of the scholarship recipient)
'How to play blues': using scales, arpeggios and extension chords for blues
Improvisational theory: for both chords and soloing, covering keys, chord formulae, ending with improv resources for blues and other styles.
'Getting a lot out of a little': through use of arpeggios, to inspire finesse and passion, based off the 'unichordal' approach to solo guitar.
Chord improv for blues: using the concept of Direct Substitution, 1-1 substitution and chord runs; Apply chord sharping and flatting and the use of augmented and diminished chords.
Finger Style Blues
Vocal Instruction: breathing, projecting, dynamics, how to sing raspy, scream or apply other manifestations without hurting the vocal chords.
Song Writing and Arranging
Understanding the Nashville Number System
How to build a set list
Native American Music Culture: Through demonstrated use of Indian Drums, showing them as a source of ideas for commercial application by song writers/arrangers. Instruction of the power of Indian Rhythms, tapping a spiritual quality usually missing in commercial music of today.
Motivations, Influences and Messages behind music.
Jam Session and Final Performance: Students jam with INBA house band and, potentially, some national players