Dix Bruce, a musician, composer, writer and award-winning guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area, was born and raised in the Midwest. His interests in American folk music, jazz, and original composition are blended into a unique vocal and instrumental sound. His compositions are fresh and his energetic, exuberant stage personality, along with his driving rhythm and lead guitar work, set the tone for a warm and exciting performance.
He began playing guitar at age twelve. After college, he relocated to the Bay Area where his interest in hybrid acoustic string music led him to David Grisman's, prototype quintet in the mid-1970s. Dix does studio work on guitar, mandolin, and banjo, and has recorded two LPs with mandolin legend Frank Wakefield, six big band CDs with the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, and his own collection of American folk songs entitled My Folk Heart on which he plays guitar, mandolin, autoharp and sang. Musix has also released Bruce’s second CD "Tuxedo Blues," a collection of original songs and standards played on acoustic stringed instruments.
To date Mel Bay Publications has published over thirty-five of Bruce’s instructional book and CD sets. Bruce has written for Acoustic Guitar, FRETS, Bluegrass Unlimited, Flatpicking Guitar, and The Fretted Instrument Guild of America. He writes regular columns for Flatpicking Guitar and Mandolin Magazine.
Hot guitar licks abound these days but simple melodies played along with chord strums on the low strings of the guitar have never lost their appeal. Pioneered in the 1920s by the great Mother Maybelle Carter, this combination of lead and rhythm guitar playing is the foundation upon which all traditional country, folk, bluegrass, and hot flatpicking guitar is based.
Dix Bruce carefully teaches lead and backup guitar to nine great and classic country, bluegrass, and folk standards, ballads and hot breakdowns played by musicians the world over. Dix demonstrates the basic "bass note / strum" technique and shows how melodies can be easily integrated into known chord patterns.
You'll first learn leads on the country classics Worried Man Blues, Lonesome Valley, Storms are on the Ocean and Handsome Molly in a variety of different keys. You'll also learn the all-time guitar hit Wildwood Flower and how to transpose it from the key of G to the key of C. Dix also demonstrates more complex leads on Redwing, John Hardy, Jimmie Brown the Newsboy and more on the invaluable skill of transposing a song from one key to another. The instruction in this DVD will prepare you to play flatpicked leads in virtually any country, folk, and bluegrass ensemble.
79 minutes - Level 1/2 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD