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  • Learn to play blues guitar, audio guitar lessons, guitar instruction, learn to play jazz guitar, learn to play guitar.
  • Learn to play blues guitar, audio guitar lessons, guitar instruction, learn to play jazz guitar, learn to play guitar.
  • Learn to play blues guitar, audio guitar lessons, guitar instruction, learn to play jazz guitar, learn to play guitar.
  • Learn to play blues guitar, audio guitar lessons, guitar instruction, learn to play jazz guitar, learn to play guitar.
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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. 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.


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I just received the very sad news that my dear friend John Renbourn passed away. He was a wonderful friend for over 48 years. We had just made plans to get together while I was in England. John was a superb musician. He was also a great storyteller and would have me, Jo and the children doubled .. I love playing in the Dropped D Tuning. The guitar is tuned D A D G B E and this allows you to easily play in the keys of D and G. This lesson has over two hours of music and instruction. Blues, Celtic Airs and Jigs, American fiddle tunes and an English hymn make up this lesson. Hopefully these .. I'll be doing a month long tour in the UK. Here are my dates. Hope to see some of you at the concerts. March 27th Brewery Arts Centre 122A Highgate Cumbria LA9 4HE www.breweryarts.co.uk March 28th Ripley Town Hall Main Street, Ripley Harrogate HG3 3AX www.ripleylive.co Ap.. July 18th /19th: Fingerpicking Guitar – Blues & Ragtime (for the beginner to intermediate guitarist). August 8th/9th Adventures in Dropped D Tuning – Blues, Celtic Melodies, Classic Rags and Beyond (for the intermediate guitarist). August 22nd/23rd: Blues & Ragtime From T.. Tom Feldmann has added another great lesson to his catalog of country blues guitar legends. This time he explores, discusses and teaches the Roots of Robert Johnson (http://www.guitarvideos.com/products/guitar-workshop-instructional-dvds/roots-of-robert-johnson). Another must for those inter4ste.. In this 2DVD set Tom Feldmann brings you through Skip's classic 1931 blues recordings as well as a few fan favorites from his rediscovery years, Crow Jane, Worried Blues, Look Down the Road and All Night Long. Nearly all of the 1931 guitar recordings were played using Crossnote tu.. We have just released two new books of Rev. Gary Davis arrangements transcribed by Ernie Hawkins with historical notes by William L. Ellis. Check out the details at: Blues & Ragtime Guitar of Rev. Gary Davis (http://www.guitarvideos.com/products/books/blues-ragtime-guitar-of-rev-gary-davis) .. In the mid-1970s when I started Kicking Mule Records my aim was to produce a series of acoustic fingerstyle guitar albums. But the first project we released was a five string banjo album by Art Rosenbaum. Art was, and still is, a musical hero of mine. He is a well known artist but also a musicia.. “And the Oscar goes to…”If they gave out Academy Awards for the best guitar instructional film, Tom Feldmann’s latest on Robert Johnson would be a shoe-in." Download the Hitlist Review from November's Issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine by Michael Dregni (/Literatu.. On our DVD lessons and some SGGW CDs you will find tab/music PDF booklets. On a Mac these are very easy to access. Just double click on the DVD/CD icon on the desktop. You'll see the PDF tab/music booklet. On a PC you should follow these instructions by clicking on this link ( /assets/pdf/Ac.. Just released, Rolly Brown's in depth lesson on the wonderful guitar playing of Bert Jansch. For details go to: http://www.guitarvideos.com/styles-1/celtic-fingerstyle/guitar-of-bert-jansch..

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Fingerpicking Guitar in Dropped D Tuning

 


I love playing in the Dropped D Tuning. The guitar is tuned D A D G B E and this allows you to easily play in the keys of D and G. Playing in the key of D is especially enjoyable as having the low bass sixth string tuned an octave below the fourth string can create a powerful alternating bass. Lonnie Johnson was the "governor of blues guitar" in the 1920s and 30s. He played hundreds of blues in a Dropped D tuning. He was able to contrast a fluid melodic line against the low bass. Blues For Lonnie puts together some of these licks and hopefully will give you insight into his musical world. 

But the Dropped D tuning also works well for arranging Celtic airs and dance tunes and to move away from the alternating bass. Pretty Girl Milking A Cow features a beautiful and evocative melody. The chord voicings create a lilting feel. Likewise, Amazing Grace works well in Dropped D. The tuning allows the melody to sing in both the treble and bass. Each passage creating its own distinct coloring.

Contrasting against these two slow melodies are The Blarney Pilgrim and The Drunken Wagoner. Both have three distinct sections. The Blarney Pilgrim is an Irish jig and is played in the Key of G. The Drunken Wagoner is an American fiddle tune in the Key of D. Duck Baker arranged this and I learnt it from him. It's a challenging instrumental with a dynamite first section. The arrangement features various right and left hand techniques. 

Midnight on the Water was written by the legendary Texas fiddler, Luke Thommason (father of Benny Thommason). It is a stunning waltz and has been played by many musicians. Duck Baker showed John Renbourn and I his arrangement in Dropped D and we recorded it as a duet. The solo version stands up well and is lovely to play.

So there you have it. Over two hours of music and instruction. Blues, Celtic Airs and Jigs, American fiddle tunes and an English hymn make up this lesson. Hopefully these arrangements will give you hours of challenges and enjoyment. 

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The Art of Noodling

 

The Art Of Noodling" reflects Rolly Brown's ongoing campaign to offer user-friendly material which helps guitarists obtain more freedom on their instruments. In this case, "Noodling" refers to the ability to just pick up your guitar and make the music you hear in your head, whether it's a country blues, a folk song, or a free improvisation. The pathway is a series of specific exercises which can be learned and memorized, but which, one hopes, will also be used as templates or models which can lead you to interesting musi¬cal explorations. Rolly deals with various concepts about melodic noodling and chordal noodling, covered at 3 different levels of difficulty, offering a basic place to start, as well as material to revisit over time, as you advance.

 

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The Guitar of Robert Johnson

 

In this 3 DVD set Tom Feldmann covers every aspect of Robert Johnson's playing. Each song is performed by Feldmann before he dissects the arrangement verse-by-verse and ends with a split screen segment where the song is played slowly with close up shots of both the left and right hands. This is the most expansive look into the guitar playing of Robert Johnson produced in video form.

Titles Include: STANDARD TUNING: Kind Hearted Woman, Phonograph Blues, 32-20 Blues, A Blues Variations (Dead Shrimp Blues, Little Queen of Spades, Honeymoon Blues), I'm A Steady Rolling Man, Sweet Home Chicago, Love in Vain Blues, From Four Til Late, DROP D TUNING: Malted Milk, CROSSNOTE TUNING: Hellhound on my Trail, SPANISH TUNING: Stop Breakin' Down Blues, Walking Blues, Come On In My Kitchen, Last Fair Deal Gone Down, Stones In My Passway, Cross Road Blues, Traveling Riverside Blues, If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day, VESTAPOL TUNING: Rambling on my Mind, I Believe I'll Dust My Broom, Preaching Blues, STANDARD TUNING They're Red Hot.




 

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