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 leads you through a series of lessons designed particularly to help guitarists hear, understand, and learn guitar music. The emphasis here
is on hearing and identifying sound, with only the bare minimum of music theory information required to help you organize sound into understandable
patterns. Included are quizzes and exercises about some very basic scales and melodies, then on to some chords and chord progressions. These give you
ample opportunity to test your listening skills on the included material, while also suggesting a protocol for creating any number of your own quizzes
at any level from beginner to advanced.
A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD. Each tune is taught phrase by phrase and played slowly on a split-screen.
Running time: 103 minutes - Level 2 - Tab/Music material is on the DVD as PDF files