Here is a hands-on Dobro course that will teach you to play your favorite bluegrass and country tunes in no time- even if you've never played before! Jam-packed with information, this 90-minute lesson utilizes close-ups, split screens and easy-to-follow instruction to make it easy for you to learn.
The inestimable Roy Book Binder has given us another terrific look at his unique brand of fingerpicked blues guitar. This time around he covers the basics of open tunings and the use of the bottleneck, teaching the essential techniques in a way that will be easy even for newcomers to this style. Roy starts his lesson with an exploration of open D, or "Vestapol" tuning, as some blues players call it.
Fingerstyle master Al Petteway continues his exploration of the evocative DADGAD tuning with a variety of must-learn tunes in the Southern mountain tradition. In his hands, this tuning becomes an inventive and compelling way to play bluegrass, blues and country songs. A small alteration of chord shapes will give you the "high lonesome" sounds of Appalachian music, and standard chords add color to well-known country songs.
There is probably no acoustic guitar style as popular, or as mysterious to novices, as alternate-bass fingerpicking. For many aspiring players the ability to maintain a rock-steady rhythmic pulse with their thumb while picking out off-the-beat melody notes with their fingers represents a "holy grail" of country, folk and blues playing. The beauty of this style is that you are providing both the rhythmic accompaniment and the melody notes, similar to a stride piano player's left and right hand combinations.
By moving one finger to a different fret, a familiar chord takes on a whole new quality! Move a chord shape to a different position on the neck and you have a rich, advanced-sounding progression! Welcome to Artie Traum's lesson in how to use chords to enhance basic folk, country, blues and rock songs.
Get ready to give your left hand a workout! Pete Huttlinger has created a "video chord library" that's a must-have for every serious guitarist. This crash course is designed to show you all the important chords and fingerings you'll need, from the easiest shapes to some challenging finger-twisters.
In this second lesson in the series, Happy Traum takes his hands-on, user-friendly fingerpicking course to the next level. He builds your guitar skills in a comprehensive, step-by-step method that will soon have even novice pickers playing firmly in intermediate territory.
Now that you have mastered the basics of the alternate-thumb picking style, Happy Traum brings your playing up a few notches by introducing you to the songs and sounds of Merle Travis, Doc Watson, John Hurt and other masters of traditional guitar fingerpicking. Each piece you learn will add challenging techniques that will build your musical versatility, increase your dexterity and improve your knowledge of the guitar fingerboard.