A Complete Lesson for Beginners
Every guitarist has to begin somewhere, and Steve Kaufman, one of the world’s most experienced guitar instructors, gets you started the right way. No previous experience is necessary. All you need is this lesson plus an instrument, a flatpick, and the desire to play.
Within minutes, Steve shows you how to tune up, hold the pick, press the strings to the fretboard and play your first chords. A short time after that you’ll be strumming and picking along to traditional folk, bluegrass and country songs, including Down in the Valley, Aura Lee, Blue Ridge Cabin Home, Wildwood Flower and Amazing Grace.
This lesson doesn’t stop at the basics. It moves ahead quickly, introducing you to all the elements of guitar flatpicking: alternating bass patterns, single-string lead (melody) notes, hammer-ons, pull-offs, and more. By the time you finish working through this lesson you’ll have left the “beginner” label behind and will be picking a fiddle tune (Soldier’s Joy) and a traditional mountain tune (Shady Grove), and you will have the tools you need to move ahead to more advanced study!
"This is an excellent teaching video for those completely new to acoustic guitar and who want the basics presented to them by an accomplished player. (Steve Kaufman) has recorded several Homespun DVDs before and they are always well-done - organized, clear and comprehensive.... At $29.95 I would enthusiastically recommend this DVD to someone completely new to acoustic guitar. It's nicely presented, clear, and it does fill a niche that needs filling." - Bluegrass Guitar