Take Command of Your Fretboard!

Woody Mann

A Practical Approach to Understanding Chords and Melody Through Blues, Gospel and Fingerstyle Originals

Two-DVD Set, Running time: Two Hours and 30 Minutes
  • Code:DLMANFB29
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)
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This extraordinary 2-DVD 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, 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.


George Porto 2 years, 7 months ago

Excellent instructional video for finger style guitar. Woody breaks down the songs into melody, chords and bass line. He then shows you how to put all three parts together to play a complete finger style arrangement. He clearly explains the concepts he demonstrates and he covers a lot of material. You'll enjoy this one for many hours.

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Happy Traum 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks for posting this, George. We think Woody is terrific and we agree that this is a great lesson.

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Joe Brodnicki 2 years, 2 months ago

I've been noodling around with this type of playing for a while and never realized the richness that it could uncover. Thanks to Woody Mann and Homespun for giving me a framework to make a big leap in my playing (and, realizing that it's not cheating or some second-class way of playing).

Ditto on George Porto's review as well. Material is nicely broken down and, explained. it gets progressively more challenging

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Scott Stevens 1 year, 8 months ago

This video is really well done. Woody explains clearly and demonstrates at a pace that is easy follow. He helps you step up to playing some very fun songs you might not have managed otherwise, and gets you making fuller use of the instrument. Love this video.

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