A Practical Approach to Understanding Chords and Melody Through Blues, Gospel and Fingerstyle Originals
This extraordinary 2-volume set teaches exciting new pieces, invaluable musical concepts, and an understanding of the fretboard to help you build your guitar playing to new levels.
Starting from the basic chord positions, the late guitarist and educator Woody Mann walks you through ways to “play off” the chords and extend the positions up the neck using smaller shapes, double stops and single lines. He teaches ten foundational pieces, including four compelling gospel songs he learned directly from Rev. Gary Davis. Other tunes utilize licks and styles of Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang, along with Woody’s own jazz-inflected fingerstyle compositions.
Woody deconstructs each piece, providing a virtual toolbox of techniques that will build a true understanding of your instrument. His “piano style” approach to fingerpicking - the thumb emulating the left hand bass notes and the fingers playing the right hand melody - will help you develop a true “two-handed” style on the guitar.
Tunes: Hudson River Boogie, Sunset Lake Rag. It Is No Secret, There’s Destruction in This Land, Lonnie’s Guitar, And Three Not Four, Death Don’t Have No Mercy, Mean Old World, A Little Love and Kiss and We’ll Be Alright.