One of the world’s foremost fingerstyle guitarists and harp-guitarists, Muriel Anderson has performed and recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Victor Wooten and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Her recent CD Nightlight Daylight has already won 11 national awards and Muriel is also the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship.
This superb DVD includes a selection of easy to absorb lessons that are designed to teach the beginner guitarist some of the essential basics of Fingerstyle Acoustic guitar playing. These guitar lessons are designed to get the beginning guitarist playing fingerstyle guitar using a variety of patterns that can be applied to any style of music. The beauty of playing fingerstyle is that it allows the guitarist to play a melody and a bass line at the same time, making the guitar sound like a complete instrument in much the way a piano does.
Arranging in the Key of D is the first in a series of Fingerstyle Essentials acoustic guitar lessons from the very accomplished fingerstyle performer, composer and arranger. Over the course of this series Muriel will guide you through a series of examinations covering the arranging, composing, technical and creative attributes of fingerstyle guitar.
Tony McManus is an adept master of Celtic fingerstyle guitar, both in terms of adapting Celtic music to the guitar, and in its performance - presenting all its intricacies, graces, and frills, yet at the same time maintaining the pace and drive which characterizes the style of this music. In this first lesson, Tony discusses in detail the importance of ornamentations and triplets in Celtic music and how this can be technically achieved. He illustrates these ideas with several melodies played in a Dropped D tuning. This is followed by a discussion of scales and fingerings and playing reels in the DADGAD tuning. This is a challenging lesson for the fingerstyle guitar student interested in learning Celtic music from one of the finest players of this idiom.
Grammy winning guitarist and acclaimed author Mark Hanson teaches you how to play great fingerpicking blues guitar instrumentals on this DVD. Included are Mark's fun arrangements of Every Night When the Sun Goes Down, Stick With Me Baby, and his extended bluesy guitar solo of the classic Amazing Grace. Also included are Mark's sprightly ragtime composition 'Riff Raff' and a thorough explanation of developing fingerstyle solo techniques through multi-voiced back-up shuffle patterns. As an added bonus, Mark is shown performing his highly regarded arrangement of Water Is Wide. Contains complete music notation and tablature for all the five tunes. Includes individual lesson segments and multiple camera angles and close-ups all to help your learning!
Michael Hedges, Preston Reed, Tommy Emmanuel, Kaki King, Don Alder, Erik Mongrain, Phil Keaggy, Doyle Dykes, Andy McKee and so many other modern masters of fingerstyle guitar enhance their performances with an impressive palette of percussive techniques. Unlike traditional fingerstyle, percussive techniques are difficult to accurately notate and impossible to teach all of the nuances strictly by books, audio instruction or sheet music. Players learn these techniques through observation, emulation and truckload of practice. Ultimately, the technique manifests itself under your fingertips.
Al Petteway continues his excellent lesson with five beautiful and evocative guitar instrumentals in the Celtic style. This time, he covers songs and effects that can be attained through a variety of tunings, including standard, dropped-D, open G and low C. Al shows you how to create your own arrangements by finding the melody within the chord structure, then fleshing it out with pipe-like drone notes, chord substitutions, moving bass lines, the rhythmic "Scottish Snap" and other Celtic-sounding elements. Embellishment techniques_right hand rolls, hammers, pull-offs, etc._help you turn basic tunes into elegant guitar pieces.