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Accessing the PDF Booklets on our DVDs & CDs

On our DVD lessons and some SGGW CDs you will find tab/music PDF booklets. On a Mac these are very easy to access. Just double click on the DVD/CD icon on the desktop. You'll see the PDF tab/music booklet. On a PC you should follow these instructions by clicking on this link. You'll need Adobe Acrobat (a free download) to open the PDF files. E-mail if you have any problems.

Welcome to Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop

Welcome to Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop and Vestapol Videos, offering the best in instructional guitar DVDs, Audio CDs and Books, and the Vestapol series of historic and concert DVDs. We offer a wide variety of DVD and CD audio lessons focusing on various aspects of fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar styles and techniques.

Our Teachers

Our roster of teachers reads like a "Who's Who" of the guitar world. Our DVD lessons present the finest in clear and incisive visual education. Each tune is performed in full and then explained.

You'll find Nashville fingerstyle, Country and Delta Blues, Ragtime, Celtic, Swing Jazz, Rockabilly, Classic Ragtime, and straight Jazz lessons in our catalog. Our DVD lessons present the finest in clear and incisive visual education.  

Each tune is performed in full and then explained. This is followed by the piece being played slowly on a split screen, allowing the student to see both the right and left hand movements. Everything played during the split screen segments is transcribed and presented in a PDF tab/music booklet that is on the DVD lesson. Bonus audio tracks are included on our Country Blues lessons.

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In this lesson we will learn some of the folk songs Merle Travis wrote and performed, beginning with his seminal "Folk Songs Of The Hills" recordings from 1946. Titles include: Dark As A Dungeon, I Am APilgrim, Barbara Allen, Black Gold, Jordan Am A Hard Road To Travel, That's All, Midnight Special and This World Is Not My Home

 

This lesson explores Todd Albright’s approach and techniques for playing the 12-string guitar. Tunes include: Rising River Blues, Delia, Kill It Kid, Leavin’ Blues, My Money NeverRuns Out, Stomp Down Rider, Sweet Mary Blues, Savannah Mama, and Train That Carried My Girl From Town

The purpose of this lesson is to demonstrate ways to use thea coustic guitar in a support role with techniques other than typical strumming and/or pattern picking. The idea is to have the guitar be not just in the ensemble but become in essence, the entire band while still allowing room for lead and other instruments.

I don't believe in doing dry and boring guitar exercises. Fingerstyle blues and ragtime guitar offers the student many interesting and challenging ideas that can help build up your fretboard knowledge, control of your left and right hands as well as learning some hotlicks and grooves.

Cory Seznec delves deeply into the rich repertoire that is African-American Spirituals. Titles include: Give Me Jesus,Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Lift Every Voice And Sing, Roll De Ol' Chariot Along, A Closer Walk With Thee, This Train Is Bound For Glory

In this double DVD lesson, Alberto Lombardi has arranged four of Motown'sgreatest hits: You Can’t Hurry Love, How Sweet it is (To Be Loved By You), My Girl and I Heard it Through the Grapevine.

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Accessing the PDF Booklets on our DVDs & CDs
On our DVD lessons and some SGGW CDs you will find tab/music PDF booklets. On a Mac these are very easy to access. Just double click on the DVD/CD icon on the desktop. You'll see the PDF tab/music booklet. On a PC you should follow these instructions by clicking on this link. You'll need Adobe Acrobat (a free download) to open the PDF files. E-mail if you have any problems.
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Wednesday's FREE Video Lesson with PDF tab/music
Every Wednesday we e-mail a link to a free lesson of ours on YouTube including a link to the PDF tab/music for that lesson. Make sure to be signed up to our mailing list to receive this information.
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VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE praises The Guitar of Robert Johnson - By Michael Dregni
We rarely review instructional videos, but this one is something special. And it’s more than just a how-to guide:it’s an in-depth, note-for-note-documentary look at the playing-style of one of the most influential blues men of all time. And for that reason alone –whether you’re willing to sell your soul to the devil to learn to play like Mr. Johnson or not – you owe it to yourself to check out Mr. Feldmann’s study.
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Art Rosenbaum's Old Time Banjo Book
In the mid-1970s when I started Kicking Mule Records my aim was to produce a series of acoustic fingerstyle guitar albums. But the first project we released was a five string banjo album by Art Rosenbaum. Art was, and still is, a musical hero of mine. He is a well known artist but also a musician's musician. He perspires creativity! He plays fiddle and guitar but his real speciality is old time five string banjo. Art is also well known for his field recordings done throughout the South - discovering and recording musicians both white and black. While growing up in Indianapolis he rediscovered Scrapper Blackwell as well as finding Guitar Pete Franklin. Art showed me how to play Tommy Johnson's Canned Heat!
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