Martin Simpson has built a formidable career on impeccable musicianship and stunning guitar arrangements. His creative use of altered tunings brings brilliant harmonic colors, cascading notes and resonant voicings to every song he plays.
Knowing that you may be reluctant to retune and head into uncharted territory, Martin has made a lesson that takes the “fear factor” out of changing the pitch of your strings. He shows you how to see the tunings, and understand them, not in notes but in intervals. Bringing a variety of tunings into focus - open G; open D; CGCFCD (his personal favorite), CGCGCE (banjo double-C) and DADGAD - he allows you to see the similarities with the set-up you already know. Martin points out that once you get used to the idea of altered tunings they are actually easier to play, and will give you more immediate and satisfying results, than standard tuning.
Martin teaches you how to discover your own ideas on the guitar through an exploration of some of his favorite pieces: Come Write Me Down, The Green Linnet, Icarus and others. They will open up a world of new possibilities for you and will convey his joy in guiding you through the process.Martin Simpson has built a formidable career on impeccable musicianship and stunning guitar arrangements. His creative use of altered tunings brings brilliant harmonic colors, cascading notes and resonant voicings to every song he plays.
Martin Simpson has been called "the finest acoustic guitarist on the planet" (Chicago Tribune) and "one of the finest fingerpickers and slide players of our time" (Guitar Player). Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of The Year (2002 and 2004) and Best Album in 2002 (for "The Bramble Briar"), he is a superb interpreter of traditional music from the British Isles and the American South.
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