Barre chords are vital if you want to move beyond the third fret, play solid rhythm in all keys and get a wide variety of sounds through chord inversions. This lesson teaches basic chord theory, transposing from one key to another and how to play chord progressions and songs that require barre chords.
Bass runs help provide a smooth and musically interesting transition as you change chords. They're especially useful in country, bluegrass and folk songs, often providing a harmony line to the sung melody. Learning to add bass runs to your chord progressions teaches you how to play the notes of the scale in several keys, and helps you develop good timing and single-note accuracy. This tape teaches you a variety of bass "walks" in several keys, from the most basic to more complex chromatic runs.
The fingerpicking style is one of the most popular and engaging ways of playing the guitar. It's especially good for song accompaniment, and has long been favored by folk, blues and country pickers. This lesson demystifies the right-hand technique by breaking it down into patterns that can be learned quickly and easily. Once mastered, these patterns can spice up anyone's favorite songs.
This first installent in the Dark Folk Voicings series looks at 15 etudes concentrating on open voicings and variations, as well as associated techniques such as: alternate picking, hybrid picking and shifting bass notes. Comes with Guitar Pro and PDF transcriptions. Great value for those seeking to set out on the melancholy path of dark folk guitar.
In this double DVD set, I teach a wide array of folk blues arrangements. You will study playing in various tunings, i.e. Standard, Dropped D, DADGAD, Open D and Open C tunings. The songs range from popular blues and rags to old-time mountain ballads. All are taught phrase by phrase and the movements of both the left and right hands are clearly illustrated on the split screens. As an extra bonus, original old recordings from the 1920s and 1930s are included so that you can hear the roots from where these tunes derived.
For some time now I have periodically made transcriptions of early pieces mainly for my own enjoyment. My own interest in early music runs parallel to my interest in Western folk music. It was intriguing to consider the characteristics that are common in both. I discovered that even whole pieces, thought to exist only in manuscript, occasionally cropped up remarkably intact in current folk playing, and instruments long assumed silent were found to be still sounding in remote areas of Europe. I began by taking a medieval dance tune and treating it as I would a jig or reel, or drawing on contrapuntal practice in making arrangements of folk songs. In this video lesson I present five of these arrangements that I hope you will enjoy. John Renbourn. A detailed tab/music instructional booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD.