Bryan Sutton’s Secrets For Successful Flatpicking

Jul 22 2014

Bryan Sutton’s Secrets For Successful Flatpicking

This extraordinary DVD lesson is filled with spectacular picking, detailed instruction and invaluable advice for aspiring bluegrass guitarists at all levels. Bryan Sutton thoughtfully and methodically lays out his tricks of the trade to help you play any tune and improve your flatpicking speed, power, timing and musicianship. Bryan addresses many of the problems that he sees in aspiring pickers, and passes along tips on how to keep your picking hand and arm tension-free and your fretting hand supple and quick. He provides drills and exercises, teaching an arsenal of licks, bends, double stops, slides and some other devices...

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Corey Christiansen – Quartal Harmony: Modern Jazz Comping & Voicings

Jun 19 2014

Corey Christiansen – Quartal Harmony: Modern Jazz Comping & Voicings

Quartal harmony deals with guitar chord shapes and chord voicings that are built in 4ths rather than 3rds. This type of harmony is used by pianists and guitarists alike and utilizes voicings that can be used in many settings. Quartal voicings, and their inversions, are displayed in the DVD’s accompanying chart with very clear diagrams making it very easy to learn and understand this type of harmony. The 69-minute DVD not only presents teaching material, but also provides a play-along essence that will allow students to hear how to apply these great chord voicings. This dvd and chart by...

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Bob Brozman – Learn To Play Bottleneck Blues Guitar Volume 1

Jun 16 2014

Bob Brozman – Learn To Play Bottleneck Blues Guitar Volume 1

This DVD, along with volumes 2 & 3, are hands down the best available if you want to play authentic pre-war style blues slide guitar. Bob Brozman is an extraordinary player with an encyclopedic knowledge of the music. Bob’s incredible chops are vividly documented not only on this DVD but in the 26 recordings he has released since his first in 1981. Beyond the music, Bob is acknowledged as the world’s foremost authority on National guitars. His 1993 book, The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments, is the definitive work on the topic. Bob’s passion for pre-war blues...

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Guitar Building Blocks: Barre Chords And How To Use Them

May 21 2014

Guitar Building Blocks: Barre Chords And How To Use Them

Barre chords are a vitally important part of your ability to move beyond the third fret, play solid rhythm in all keys and get a wide variety of sounds through chord inversions. Happy de-mystifies these powerful chord shapes, providing tips on how toplay them cleanly and easily. You’ll learn basic chord theory, how to transpose from one key to another and how to play several chord progressions and songs, including Abilene and Stagolee. This dvd is a great beginning approach to learning the basics of guitar. Teacher decodes the myths surrounding barre chords and how they can be used...

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Mastery of the Flamenco Guitar Series with Guillermo Rios Vol 1 – 3

May 19 2014

Mastery of the Flamenco Guitar Series with Guillermo Rios Vol 1 – 3

Vol. I- 16 sessions covering essential basic techniques as well as Alegrias, Tangos, Bulerias & Siguiriyas. Vol. II- Soleares & Alegrias with explanation of rhythmic and harmonic structure as well as compositional possibilities. This DVD is filmed with 2 camera angles to watch both hands at once. Vol. III “Toques Libres”- The non-rhythmic Flamenco tradition. This covers Malaguenas, Mineras, Rondenas, Granadinas & Tarantas. This DVD is filmed with 2 camera angles to watch both hands at once. The guitars used on Volume 3 are made by Archangel Fernandez, Madrid and Dale Foye, California. All three DVDs have an accompanying...

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Fred Sokolow – Jazz Standards for Beginners

May 13 2014

Fred Sokolow – Jazz Standards for Beginners

If you love old standards like Autumn Leaves and Moonglow, but always thought only advanced guitarists could play jazz, you’ll love Fred’s easy-to-play jazz chord solos. In this lesson, you’ll learn six timeless tunes from start to finish: how to play backup while you sing them, and how to play a beautiful chord melody solo/instrumental for each song. The tunes are arranged for beginners, with very few difficult chords. Fred plays and sings each song, then goes over the tricky spots in each tune before playing it slower, on a split screen with close-ups of both hands. Best of...

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La Guitarra Flamenca de Chicuelo

Apr 19 2014

La Guitarra Flamenca de Chicuelo

Juan Gomez “Chicuelo” , born 1968 in Barcelona, is not only an outstanding flamenco guitarist but also one of the most prolific and exciting composer of his generation. He has worked with the greatest flamenco dancers and singers. In this DVD he plays and explains his best compositions for solo playing and dance accompaniment. The rhythmically remarkable Taranto por Rumba or the wonderful Silencio in the Alegria are just two of the numerous highlights on this DVD. Although he worked with a wide range of artists, Chicuelo is usually accompanied by the singer Miguel Poveda and singer Duquende, with...

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Rick Udler – The Brazilian Sound for Fingerstyle Guitar

Apr 13 2014

Rick Udler – The Brazilian Sound for Fingerstyle Guitar

Brazil has produced some of the most vibrant and exciting guitar music in the instrument’s history. In this lesson, Rick Udler discusses and demonstrates styles, techniques, and rhythms of Brazil’s great players. This is a unique opportunity for guitarists to delve into the beautiful sounds of this musical land. Rick begins by going over chords that are commonly used by Brazilian guitarists. He then teaches the accompaniment to singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil’s beautiful composition, A Paz, to illustrate the use of chords with open strings. A step-by-step analysis of Bossa Nova accompaniment in the Joao Gilberto style follows along with...

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Ledward Kaapana – The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

Apr 11 2014

Ledward Kaapana – The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

Ledward Kaapana is widely acknowledged to be one of the most exciting and accomplished players in ki ho’alu, or slack key guitar style. Playing in open-chord and other alternate tunings, Led’s two-finger picking and alternating bass is reminiscent of the great blues and country guitarists, but with the licks and harmonies typical of Hawaiian traditional music. His playing is loose and improvisational, and his repertoire encompasses both quiet, beautiful melodies and rip-roaring show-stoppers with lightning-fast licks and fancy picking. The beauty of the slack key style is that it’s made up of simple chords and melodies, but an accomplished...

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Guitar Building Blocks: Creating Easy Song Arrangements

Mar 29 2014

Guitar Building Blocks: Creating Easy Song Arrangements

The beauty of the guitar is not necessarily based on advanced and highly technical playing skills. Interesting and unusual arrangements can be created with very simple ideas, as long as you have some knowledge and an elementary understanding of the guitar. On this DVD lesson, Happy takes some easy songs and shows you how to transform them into beautiful show pieces using interesting right-hand patterns, altered chords and chord substitutions, ornamentation, harmonized scales and other very basic but useful techniques. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll be able to do with the simplest folk songs. This is what you...

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