Developing Speed and Style
Move beyond the basics and get into the finer points of bluegrass flatpicking! You'll be jamming with the best of them once you've mastered the tunes and techniques on this final lesson in this series.
Steve Kaufman broadens your musical vocabulary by focusing on the essentials of good picking techniques. You'll learn to play six classic fiddle tunes - Liberty, Salt Creek, Blackberry Blossom, Clarinet Polka, Home Sweet Home and Ragtime Annie. Steve slows each one down, highlighting the tricky areas and then playing it up-to-speed so you'll hear how it should sound in performance.
You'll learn how to dress up your solos using slides, arpeggios, bends, accents and a variety of intros and endings. Detailed instruction in the intricacies of crosspicking will help give your playing more rhythmic appeal and style.
Steve devotes much-needed attention to one of the most challenging areas for intermediate players --how to build speed-- giving you invaluable advice on practicing, testing yourself and perfecting left and right-hand positions to help you accomplish your goals.