Fingerpicking Guitar Techniques (2 Volume DVD Set)

DVDs / Videos | Guitar

Artist: Stefan Grossman
Format: Books | Instrumental Tutor
This two DVD set is for beginner and intermediate guitarists who want to start fingerpicking. Rev. Gary Davis used to tell his students that playing the guitar was easy. He would say that a piano player has only two hands (the left keeps an alternating bass while the right plays a melody) but a guitarist has three hands!

Our right hand thumb is one hand and plays the bass figures while our index finger is our second hand and plays the melody. Our third hand is our left hand which fingers chords. The results produce a full and orchestrated fingerstyle sound with a rhythmic bass played against melodic lines. This is the alternating bass technique which we sometimes jokingly refer to as 'bum-chick.'

It is the most popular fingerpicking style played and has been used by legendary guitarists. Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Chet Atkins are but a few of the giants of this style.

On these two DVDs we will explore how to master the alternating bass style. Each tune is taught phrase by phrase and then played again slowly on a split-screen so that you can carefully see what both hands are doing. A detailed 60 page tab/music PDF is included.

As well, you will see footage of some of the great fingerstyle players such as Rev. Gary Davis, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Merle Travis, Brownie McGhee, Elizabeth Cotten, John Jackson, Pink Anderson and Doc Watson.

Skill Level: Beginner Explain this
Published on: 14 October 2004
Length: 170
Language: English
Catalogue No: GW9667

          Musicroom Reviews

          Great stuff. Stefan Grossman is a pleasant teacher. The songs are fun to play, they sound really nice and get gradually more difficult. Lyrics are provided so you can even sing along, if you want. Might be a bit challenging for the complete beginner, but if you know your basic open chords you'll have a great time playing through all 11 songs.
          Anonymous - (Antwerpen, Belgium)
          Excellente méthode d'approche du fingerpicking. Stefan Grossman est captivant et nous apprend à jouer de la meilleure façon. A recommander !
          Anonymous - (CUSSET, France)
          Excellent teaching aid. I have wanted to play this style for ages and assumed it was beyond my capability but now I have the first song in the bag and am happily learning 'Shake that thing'...
          Anonymous - (Walsall, United Kingdom)
          Whilst it is hard to fault this video I feel that the content is all much of a muchness in so far as the styles demonstrated do not really vary. The songs used are not what one would call "classic" and would be totally unknown to most players,let alone a beginner. Stefan is an excellent teacher but I feel the poor choice of songs does not encourage players to stick with this video
          Anonymous - (Bangor, United Kingdom)