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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Roy Rogers – Slide Guitar For Rock & Blues

Feb 12 2014

Roy Rogers – Slide Guitar For Rock & Blues

Learn to play the blistering guitar solos, churning rhythms and wiling slide sounds that have impressed Roy Rogers’ fans worldwide. Roy has been called “a force to be reckoned with” (Guitar Player) and “an exceptionally articulate slide guitarist” (Rolling Stone). Now he teaches his award-winning style along with dynamic arrangements to several blues favorites. Roy covers all the essentials – how to get into open tunings, hold the slide, play with vibrato and proper intonation, and develop a powerful picking style using plectrum and fingers. You’ll progress to advanced slide techniques including licks and their variations, improvisations, harmonics, how...

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Al Petteway – Celtic Instrumentals For Fingerstyle Guitar DVD 2

Jan 16 2014

Al Petteway – Celtic Instrumentals For Fingerstyle Guitar DVD 2

Al Petteway – Celtic Instrumentals For Fingerstyle Guitar #2 Alternate Tunings. 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...

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Al Petteway: Celtic Instrumentals For Fingerstyle Guitar DVD 1

Jan 06 2014

Al Petteway: Celtic Instrumentals For Fingerstyle Guitar DVD 1

Al Petteway – Celtic Instrumentals For Fingerstyle Guitar #1 DADGAD Tuning. Learn to play in DADGAD, the popular guitar tuning that gives many Celtic and British Isles instrumentals their special beauty and power. Al Petteway shows you how to play exquisite arrangements using droning bass notes, slides, bends, trills and other guitar tricks to imitate the haunting sounds of harps and pipes. This wonderful lesson by one of today’s most admired fingerstyle players is filled with invaluable insights into playing in Celtic style, from strongly syncopated rhythm strokes to the ringing, harp-like sounds of “cross-string” picking. You’ll learn to...

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La Guitarra Flamenca de Rafael Riqueni

Dec 30 2013

La Guitarra Flamenca de Rafael Riqueni

Rafael Riqueni is considered to be one of the most creative and versatile innovators of the modern flamenco guitar. This video provides a summary of his artistic work. He plays and explains 10 selected pieces from his repertoire: 3 Bulerias, Fantasia, Garrotin, Rumba, Solea, Tangos, Taranta as well as his famous Fandango “Al Nino Miguel”. Each toque is first played at normal speed and then explained step by step and in full detail. Besides these technical explanations the origin of each palo is also briefly commented on. The professional accompaniment by two percussionists is certainly a very useful help...

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