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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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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SongXpress – Steely Dan: Play Their Songs Now

Nov 06 2013

SongXpress – Steely Dan: Play Their Songs Now

With a Jazz-Rock sound that is highly unique and widely appreciated, Steely Dan are one of the few bands to enjoy great commercial success with a brand of music that is anything but. Their style attracts listeners of all genres and is heralded by musicians of all backgrounds. One of the biggest indicators of their success has been their staying power as evidenced by the grammy they won almost thirty years since their debut. SongXpress is the fastest and easiest way to learn your favorite songs on guitar. It’s like having a good friend teach you in the comfort...

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Fred Sokolow – The Music of Johnny Cash

Oct 22 2013

Fred Sokolow – The Music of Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash left us a wonderful country songbook, and in this one-hour and twenty minute lesson Fred shows you how to play and sing eight of Cash’s most popular gems.You’ll learn to back yourself up singing, using basic fingerpicking patterns and first position chords, with lots of bass runs thrown in. You’ll also learn to fingerpick a solo for each tune. Fred grew up with Johnny Cash’s music, and his natural, easy arrangements suit the material and are easy to learn. After playing and singing each song, Fred goes over any tricky techniques or runs, then he plays the...

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Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar According to Tony McManus Volume 1 – 2

Oct 05 2013

Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar According to Tony McManus Volume 1 – 2

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 it intricacies, graces, and frills yet at the same time maintaining the pace and drive which characterises this style of music. Volume 1. In this first lesson, Tony discusses in detail the importance of ornamentations and triplets in Celtic music, and importantly, how this can be technically achieved. Scales and fingerings and playing in the DADGAD tuning are discussed and then illustrated with several melodies played in this dropped D tuning. This...

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Max Milligan – Play Robert Johnson

Jul 27 2012

Max Milligan – Play Robert Johnson

The Play series… entertaining instructional programs illustrating the methods and techniques made famously recognizable by the world’s greatest guitarists, this release concentrates on the one and only Robert Johnson. The Legendary Robert Johnson is reputed to be the man who sold his soul at the crossroads to play the blues. During his short life, he enjoyed little success or recognition, and it would be 20 years after his death before his music received its deserved acclaim. Now regarded as a maestro of the blues, Johnson has been a key influence on many famed guitarists. Max Milligan will show how...

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Fred Sokolow – The Gershwin Songbook

Apr 12 2012

Fred Sokolow – The Gershwin Songbook

Fred Sokolow The Gershwin Songbook. George and Ira Gershwin’s beautiful songs are timeless jazz standards, and they sound great on guitar. In this dvd, Fred plays and teaches six complete Gershwin arrangements, including guitar backup (for singing) and instrumental chord solos for each tune. Just for fun, Fred includes the rarely-heard introductory verses to the songs, as well as ad-lib instrumental solos. After playing each tune, Fred gives you a rundown on the arrangement, going over tricky spots and analyzing the chord progression and substitutions. Then he replays it slower, on a split screen with close-ups of both hands....

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