An Intimate Lesson with Tony Rice
Nov 09 2014
This archival video lesson, originally recorded in 1984, brings the fabulous Tony Rice picking style up close and personal so you can clearly see what he’s doing. Tony has chosen six songs and instrumentals to demonstrate a variety of styles and techniques, and he breaks them down carefully for the learning player.
Throughout this 60-minute lesson you’ll be able to watch the exact movement of both his fretting fingers and his right-hand flatpicking through our split-screen video technique and close-up camera work. In addition, Tony’s beautifully rendered performances of the songs and instrumentals he teaches make his tape a joy to watch even when you aren’t picking along with him.
Here are just some of the things you’ll see on his lesson:
- A detailed, slowed-down look at three hard-driving flatpick instrumentals: “Gold Rush,” “Blackberry Blossom” and Tony’s dynamic kick-off to “Muleskinner Blues.”
- The intros and accompaniments to “Church Street Blues” and “Cold On The Shoulder.”
- A jazz chord arrangement to “Georgia On My Mind.”
- Special tips on holding the flatpick and the use of the capo. Tony also details the exact set-up of his 1935 D28, formerly owned by Clarence White.
If you want to learn to flatpick from the world’s premier bluegrass flatpicker, get this. Tony gives a nice smile while delivering advanced technical information. Tony explains all about his picking technique and equipment, throwing in some special riffs that are also included on paper. This is the only way to catch all of the intricate picking Tony does.
Tony Rice revolutionized and defined bluegrass lead guitar, and this product is a classic illustration of his playing style. You should know this DVD is not for a beginner to learn to play guitar with, but instead for an intermediate/advanced guitarist to learn how to play bluegrass like Tony…
Rice. Tony, pulls the best tone of any flatpicked steel-string guitarist, and has the most interesting musical ideas and philosophies of any bluegrass lead guitarist. If you want to get a piece of what he does, this DVD is for you. I encourage you to not just stop at learning what Rice does with a standard bluegrass song in the key of G, but go further and explore the depths of his diverse abilities, some of which are illustrated on the DVD in the tunes “Georgia On My Mind” and “Church Street Blues.”
Watch, be inspired, and use the tab. If you want to understand basic flatpicking, buy Steve Kaufman’s videos. He’ll get you up and running, but to get Rice’s tone, feel, and musicality, you need to start by appreciating it and marveling at how it flows from those hands.
Running time: 50 min
Video: XviD, 624×464, 29.970 fps, 875 kbps
Audio: MP3, 48 kHz, Joint Stereo, 128.00 kbps
Booklet: Yes (PDF)
Size: 371 Mb