With 47 years of experience on the acoustic guitar, Rolly has been a National Fingerpicking Champion and a Philadelphia Music Award nominee. He has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Tasmanian Folk Festival, and tons of places in between. He hosted the Guitar Wizards radio show which ran on public radio in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Maine for several years, introducing listeners to guitarists and techniques usually searched out only by total guitar maniacs. He has served as a sideman for Magpie, Winnie Winston, Saul Broudy, Jack McGann, Priscilla Herdman, Jay Ansill, and many others, and has performed extensively with National Flatpicking Champion Mark Cosgrove, and, until her tragic death, with the late fiddler and singer extraordinaire Freyda Epstein. For the past decade, Rolly has been a popular teacher and performer at a number of guitar camps, appearing at Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps (Maryville TN), the Swannanoa Gathering (Asheville NC), Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire, the convention of the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society in Nashville TN, and others. His Youtube videos (instructional and performance) have garnered well over 100,000 hits.
Rolly Brown teaches an organized approach to exploring and combining rhythm, melody, and harmony to create fingerstyle guitar arrangements. This lesson includes numerous tips, tools and techniques, a look at approaching different musical styles and just enough theoretical knowledge to get you started at arranging your own versions of whatever sort of music you want to create on the guitar. Numerous examples are shown and discussed.
• Arpeggiated rolling rhythm
• Arranging for constant alternate bass
• Chord choice and substitution
• The essential tones concept
• Arranging with a walking bass line
• Bossa Nova rhythm
• Fingerstyle blues
• Original compositions
97 minutes • Level 2 • Tab/Music material is on the DVD as a PDF file
Review: Being able to sign your signature on music - be that reconstruction of others' works or your own original composition - comes with the magic powers of arranging. Molding melody with supportive harmony chords and an underlying rhythm of choice turns tunes into putty in your hands. For 97 minutes, you apprentice with string whiz Rolly Brown, who walks you through the inventive process, ever mindful of newcomers to the art. Here, "Shenandoah," "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Alexander's Ragtime Band" become illustrative springboards into the open waters of personalized creativity. For extra spice, "Gentle Rain" serves as a model for oh-so-cool bossa nova, just as "Sportin' Life" stands in for salt-of-the-earth blues. The chiming instrumental "Salvo Y Pepe" is wholly homemade, offering insight into songcraft completely from scratch. From initially deciding which key to use, the lesson builds methods to enrich any project's color and texture through bass movement, counter-melody fills, chord progression and substitution, relative minor chords, and syncopation. Brown's ongoing "Nuts & Bolts" DVD series is all about empowering guitarists by applying foundational concepts through practical need-to-know skills which promote confidence and foster artistic independence: Chords, Melody, Fingerpicking. Even maximizing your reward from Practice time. But Arranging for Fingerstyle Guitar is really quite the jailhouse key needed to spring you free on your escape from copier to creator. – Dennis Rozanski/Blues Rag