Alternate Guitar Tunings Demystified

Martin Simpson

Retune to Create Ringing Harmonies and Elegant Arrangements

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 ... Read More

An Introduction to Open Tunings and Slide Guitar

Roy Book Binder
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 ... Read More

Appalachian Fingerstyle Guitar in DADGAD Tuning - Video One

Al Petteway

Blues, Hymns, Celtic and Banjo Styles

The ringing strings and open voicings of DADGAD produce an ethereal, almost magical guitar sound. In Al Petteway’s masterful hands, well-known Southern Mountain songs and instrumentals are given a new treatment, brought to life with fresh new harmonies and inventive fingerpicking. Al shows you how easy it is to play in DADGAD and how this tuning can enhance even the ... Read More

Appalachian Fingerstyle Guitar in DADGAD Tuning - Video Two

Al Petteway

Mountain Songs, Fiddle Tunes, and Blues

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 ... Read More

Appalachian Fingerstyle Guitar in DADGAD Tuning - Two Video Set

Al Petteway

Two Video Set

Get both of Al Petteway's incredible Appalachian DADGAD lessons and SAVE! Video 1: The ringing strings and open voicings of DADGAD produce an ethereal, almost magical guitar sound. In Al Petteway’s masterful hands, well-known Southern Mountain songs and instrumentals are given a new treatment, brought to life with fresh new harmonies and inventive fingerpicking. Al shows you how easy ... Read More

Arpeggio Power!

Paul Mehling

A Systematic Approach to Conquering the Guitar Fretboard

“Arpeggios are the DNA of music.” - Paul Mehling Arpeggios (chords played as individual notes) are an indispensable component of music and can become an invaluable tool in your musical bag of tricks. Many melodies are built upon arpeggios, and their intervals and patterns are the key to understanding improvisation. In short, arpeggio knowledge can set you apart from other ... Read More

Beyond Basic Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

Steve Kaufman

Backup Techniques for Intermediate and Advanced Players

Learn to back up bluegrass songs, fiddle tunes, contest pieces and Texas swing standards like a pro! Master flatpicker and teacher Steve Kaufman takes rhythm playing to a whole new level with this in-depth lesson, specially formulated for players who want to go beyond the basics. Steve passes along a complete understanding of great rhythm technique as he builds your ... Read More

Blues By The Book - Video 1

Roy Book Binder

Fingerpicking Blues: Lesson One

If you're ready to develop your own distinctive blues style, Roy Book Binder has assembled a complete vocabulary of licks and techniques to help you do it. Roy humbly calls this thorough breakdown of the elements of his own fingerstyle blues style "some tricks about playing the guitar," but don't let his laconic delivery fool you. By the ... Read More

Blues By The Book - Video 2

Roy Book Binder

Fingerpicking Blues: Lesson Two

Roy Book Binder's back again! This time, his in-depth exploration of blues techniques concentrates on chords and positions needed to play in the essential key of A. With his trademark wit and good humor, Roy encourages you to take his "book of tricks" and incorporate them into your own playing to build repertoire and arrangements in traditional fingerpicking style ... Read More

Blues By The Book - Two Video Set

Roy Book Binder

Fingerpicking Blues

Roy Book Binder modestly asserts that he's just showing you "some tricks about playing the guitar" here. Well, Roy's humble, that's sure, but by the end of these two videos you will have mastered a complete vocabulary of licks and techniques and be ready to develop your own distinctive blues style, which is what "Book" had in ... Read More

Blues Fingerpicking Freedom - Video One

Toby Walker

Liberate Yourself From the Tyranny of TAB and Become a More Creative Player

Guitarists: There’s life after TAB!  Break your dependence on the printed page and become a freer and more creative blues and fingerpicking guitarist. This lesson will help you truly put the "play" into your  playing! Toby Walker is a clear and compelling communicator with years of teaching experience. His lesson is perfect if you want to express yourself and start ... Read More

Blues Fingerpicking Freedom - Video Two

Toby Walker

Liberate Yourself from the Tyranny of TAB and Become a More Creative Player

As his fans well know, Toby Walker is a guy who puts joy, excitement and passion into every blues note he plays. His enthusiasm is contagious on this follow-up to his first Homespun Video, and it’s even more densely packed with fingerpicking techniques, musical ideas, great songs  - and just enough guitar theory to help you move freely around the fingerboard ... Read More
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