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Welcome to Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop and Vestapol Videos, offering the best in instructional guitar DVDs, Audio CDs and Books, and the Vestapol series of historic and concert DVDs. We offer a wide variety of DVD and CD audio lessons focusing on various aspects of fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar styles and techniques.

Our Teachers

Our roster of teachers reads like a "Who's Who" of the guitar world. Our DVD lessons present the finest in clear and incisive visual education. Each tune is performed in full and then explained.

You'll find Nashville fingerstyle, Country and Delta Blues, Ragtime, Celtic, Swing Jazz, Rockabilly, Classic Ragtime, and straight Jazz lessons in our catalog. Our DVD lessons present the finest in clear and incisive visual education. 

Each tune is performed in full and then explained. This is followed by the piece being played slowly on a split screen, allowing the student to see both the right and left hand movements. Everything played during the split screen segments is transcribed and presented in a PDF tab/music booklet that is on the DVD lesson. Bonus audio tracks are included on our Country Blues lessons.



I don't believe in doing dry and boring guitar exercises. I like to practice different techniques and styles within the scope of a song arrangement. Fingerstyle blues and ragtime guitar offers the student many interesting and challenging ideas that can help build up your fretboard knowledge, control of your left and right hands as well as learning some hot licks and grooves. In this double DVD lesson we will study and explore:

  • The Alternating Bass • The Monotonic Bass • Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs • The Cocaine Blues Exercise • The Soldier's Drill Exercise • Single String Runs • Chord Fingerings • The Syncopated Bass • Stumble Bass Endings • Rhythmic Licks • Combining the Rhythmic Lick with Chordal Runs • Counterpoint Lines and Melodies • The Blues Vibrato in the Key of C • Lonnie Johnson's Blues in the Key of D • Mississippi John Hurt's Blues in the Key of E • Delta Blues in the Key of E • Lightnin' Hopkins' Blues in the Key of E • Blues in the Key of A

  • This DVD lesson is for intermediate and advanced fingerstyle guitarists. Chet performs and describes in detail, phrase by phrase, the playing of nine of his classic arrangements. 

    "Someone once asked me to estimate how many guitar lessons I've had in my lifetime," Chet has said. "The answer is simple -- none. There were no teachers in our neighborhood when I was learning. And if there had been I doubt whether they would have taught me with that shabby guitar of mine. But I kept a lookout for any stray 'picker' that wandered into town and if he knew any new runs I would learn them before he left."

    You are fortunate -- your teacher for this lesson is one of the foremost fingerstyle guitar masters in the history of the guitar. Have fun!

    Titles include: Maybelle, Petite Waltz, Happy Again, Londonderry Aire, When You Wish Upon A Star, Young Thing, Bye Bye Blackbird, Mr. Bojangles and Lover Come Back

    84 minutes • Level 3/4 • 42 page PDF tab/music booklet

     


    In this lesson Tom Feldmann takes you through 6 of Muddy Water's staple slide tunes in Open G, Open D and Standard Tuning. Feldmann teaches each song slowly, phrase by phrase, making this a perfect lesson for those new to playing slide as well as the more seasoned players looking to get deeper into the mind and music of the great Muddy Waters. A detailed tab/music PDF file is included on the DVD.

    Titles Include: I Can't Be Satisfied, I Feel Like Going Home, Rollin' and Tumblin' Blues, You're Going to Need My Help I Said, Long Distance Call, She Moves Me

     


    Legendary Country Blues Guitar Solos

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    Accessing the PDF Booklets on our DVDs & CDs

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    The Doc Watson Collection

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    Summer Weekend Workshops in Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire, UK

    This summer I'll be doing three weekend workshops in Pateley Bridge, Yorkshire. Each Workshop is limited to 15 students and run from 10-6 on the...more


    Stefan by Maya in Mayalife

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    Wednesday's FREE Video Lesson with PDF tab/music

    Every Wednesday we e-mail a link to a free lesson of ours on YouTube including a link to the PDF tab/music for that lesson. Make sure to be sign...more


    Art Rosenbaum's Old Time Banjo Book

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