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.
Choosing four of his favorite jazz standards, Rolly Brown presents an inside view into his construction of a fingerstyle guitar version of each tune. With
a concentration on sophisticated but easily fingered chord positions, this lesson offers an excellent introduction into the world of jazz for folk,
pop, or blues guitarists who are ready to expand their panorama of musical colors. The tunes move from the more familiar keys, C and G, into approachable
"starter" keys for jazz: F and Bb, and move from the more predictable (The Way You Look Tonight) to the more structurally challenging (Stella By Starlight).
Tab PDFs help the student learn specific arrangements for each tune while the video lessons give ample ideas for expanding and improvising on the tunes.
Each tune is taught phrase by phrase and played slowly on a split-screen.
Titles include: The Way You Look Tonight, Darn That Dream, It Could Happen To You and Stella by Starlight
Running time: 96 minutes - Level 3 - Tab/Music material is on the DVD as PDF files