We offer a wide variety of DVD lessons focusing on various aspects of fingerstyle and flatpicking guitar styles and techniques. These styles range from country blues to fingerstyle jazz, from the picking styles of Chet Atkins to the jazz motifs of Larry Coryell. Our teachers read like a "Who's Who" in the guitar world. They include: Chet Atkins, Martin Taylor, John Fahey, Larry Coryell, John Renbourn, Stefan Grossman, Duck Baker, El McMeen, Marcel Dadi, Dave Van Ronk, Woody Mann, Pat Donohue, Martin Carthy, John Low, Pat Donohue, Pierre Bensusan, Buster B. Jones, Fred Sokolow, Jody Stecher, Eric Thompson, Pat Kirtley, Ian Cruickshank, Adrian Ingram and Craig Wagner. We've recently added Ernie Hawkins, Tony McManus, Dix Bruce, Ari Eisinger, Harry Lewman and Scott Nygaard to our roster! You can use the jump menus on each page to browse the dvds/videos by category or by instructor.
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 that allows the student to clearly 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. We've added video clips of each lesson so that you can get an idea of what's on the DVD, but please keep in mind that these clips are highly compressed for the web, and don't represent the quality of the originals.
We have indicated the duration, grade level (see below), and page length of the accompanying booklet for each lesson.
Check out this note from Stefan on how you might best proceed if you're new to our instructional DVDs.
Level 1: For the beginner.
You know the basics of your instrument. These lessons will help you establish a strong playing foundation.
Level 2: For the advanced beginner/early intermediate player.
You have been playing awhile and feel comfortable with your instrument. These lessons will help you develop your repertoire, expand your techniques and explore new styles.
Level 3: For the intermediate student.
You play well and are looking for challenges and new directions.
Level 4: For the advanced player.
You are ready to tackle anything.