My brand new paperback book, Fingerstyle 101 is out now on Amazon, but did you know this is a huge re-write of a book I first wrote 5 years ago?
Well, in this time I have learnt, developed, and expanded my teaching in the following 7 critical areas, and I want to share these insights with you…
In response to my email asking how he was getting on with Fingerstyle 101, this is what Ted said:
“Hi, Dan the book is brilliant, this is the best guitar tutorial I have come across.
You seem to have looked at what every other guitar tutor puts across, then you cover it all, but you fill in the gaping holes of information that most others just gloss over.
I’m going to learn a lot from you, thank you for being so thorough.
I’ll leave a good review on Amazon for you also.
Great system Dan, thanks.”
Back in the days when I was a long-haired 20-year-old grungy looking guy, I wanted to give fingerpicking a go.
I loved my big heavy rock bands but knew even then that deep down it was the deeper sounding acoustic music that moved me more.
I started with Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York and then discovered Neil Young’s Decade and listened to a lot of different stuff in between.
After hearing the likes of James Taylor, and then others such as Paul Simon, Nick Drake, and Lindsey Buckingham, I decided I wanted to learn how to fingerpick.
I remember finding a picking pattern on the net and going to town trying to learn it.
It was a lovely Travis picking pattern.
The trouble is, I had no idea how to play it.
Travis picking, if you don’t already know, is where you alternate the bass notes with the thumb while letting the fingers play the treble strings.
A lot of guitarists can play a few fingerpicking songs and knock out some fingerstyle patterns but a lot don’t ever do any exercises for their fingerpicking hand. Yet, they wonder why they lack speed, dexterity and agility with their picking hand. This video, featuring two simple fingerpicking exercises will help you with this. Read More
I love this piece of music. It is so dramatic, recognisable and it makes classical guitar a joy to play and listen to. So many classical pieces out there that are recommended for the guitar are either pretty dull or aren’t recognisable. ‘Toccata and Fugue in D minor’ is so far and away from those pieces. It just sounds amazing.
I want to let you know about something I have spent some time on lately. It is my brand new, 100% free eBook on Travis Picking.
If you are on the mailing list, then watch out for the email tomorrow.
Travis Picking is a subject many of you have told me specifically you want to learn more about.