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.
In this double DVD, Rolly Brown teaches you how to fingerpick the guitar from the ground up, starting with the most basic components and, in a step-by-step method,
marking the path from rank beginner to competent intermediate/advanced player. If you know a few basic chords on the guitar, then you're
ready to start working with these DVDs.
Also, if you've played fingerstyle guitar for 20 years, but never quite gotten beyond playing specific arrangements of tunes, or if you feel that there's still something missing in your playing, then you are also ready for these DVDs!
• The 4 Basic Building Blocks of Fingerpicking
• Combining the building blocks
• Pattern picking; a means, not an end
• Improvising melody while keeping the bass going
• Exploring the details of syncopation
• Detailed instruction and transcriptions for eleven note-for-note arrangements of folk and blues tunes.
Titles include: Old Kentucky Home, Careless Love, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Crow Jane, Gambler's Blues, Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, Make Me A Pallet, Angeline The Baker, Redwing, Shine On Harvest Moon and Rolly's Rag
231 minutes • Level 1/2 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: I have several of Rolly Brown's DVDs. I like them a lot. He has a pleasant style of explaining and demonstrating. He is systematic in his approach, giving the basic moves first then developing them further through actual pieces. In this fingerpicking DVD, he gives the basic patterns of finger sequences. Then these are used in several traditional tunes, from the American folk repertoire. As with his other DVDs, there is a fair amount of material here, enough to require revisiting the video several times. As noted, his pleasant demeanour makes reviewing easy. - Cambridge Don/Amazon Customer Review