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Play Acoustic Guitar 10: Advanced Fingerstyle Études

Electrify your fingerstyle repertoire with this Acoustic Learning Path core course.
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Overview

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 10: Advanced Fingerstyle Études for late intermediate to advanced students of acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 11 top TrueFire educators: Tommy Emmanuel, Pierre Bensusan, Peppino D'Agostino, Alonzo Pennington, Adrian Legg, Daniel Champagne, Stephen Bennett, Brooks Robertson, Massimo Varini, Tim Sparks, and Richard Gilewitz. The Advanced Fingerstyle Études curriculum is comprised of select acoustic guitar lessons from the educators' existing TrueFire course libraries.

The 11 advanced fingerstyle études and breakdowns featured in this core course put your fingerstyle skills to the ultimate test. These études are all performed and presented by the very best in the fingerstyle biz. They are presented here to expose you to the wide variety of fingerstyle techniques and creative approaches being employed by masters of the genre. While you might not be able to perform every étude as written and performed, you will be able to extract valuable information and approaches that you can readily employ for yourself.

Key examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. Take as much time as you need to work through each video guitar lesson before moving on to the next lesson. If you want to dig deeper or wider into any of the topics covered in this core course, check out the rest of the courses in the Acoustic Learning Path where you'll find more examples, techniques and insight from top TrueFire educators. Grab your guitar and let's get started!

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Play Acoustic Guitar 10: Advanced Fingerstyle Études - Introduction

01: Play Acoustic Guitar 10: Advanced Fingerstyle Études - Introduction

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 10: Advanced Fingerstyle études for late intermediate to advanced students of Acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 11 top TrueFire educators. The 11 Advanced Fingerstyle études and breakdowns featured in this core course puts your fingerstyle skills to the ultimate test.

2 min
Full Song Form 4 - Performance

02: Full Song Form 4 - Performance

Full Song Form 4 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini. Performance song 4.

1 min
Full Song Form 4 - Breakdown

03: Full Song Form 4 - Breakdown

Full Song Form 4 - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Massimo Varini. We know each part since we've worked on it in the previous sections. So let's talk about the dynamic of the entire song.

3 min
Into The Trees - Overview

04: Into The Trees - Overview

Into The Trees - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Brooks Robertson. Into The Trees is a dynamic tune that will have you tapping your foot and bobbing your head. This is another good example of using a balance of concepts, techniques and the ear to come up with an interesting song.

2 min
Into The Trees - Performance

05: Into The Trees - Performance

Into The Trees - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Brooks Robertson. As you watch the performance video be sure again to pay attention to what each hand is doing individually and then how the left and right hands work together.

2 min
Into The Trees - Breakdown

06: Into The Trees - Breakdown

Into The Trees - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Brooks Robertson. We are going to jump right into the melody without much of an intro.

12 min
Lendemain De La Fete - Performance

07: Lendemain De La Fete - Performance

Lendemain De La Fete - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Pierre Bensusan. Let's keep on working on the right hand in conjunction with the left with an interpretation of my song "Lendermain De La Fete," which in English is "the day after the feast."

1 min
Lendemain De La Fete - Breakdown

08: Lendemain De La Fete - Breakdown

Lendemain De La Fete - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Pierre Bensusan. The concept we're looking at here is using our fingers to create sound but also stop it, like we've gone over previously.

6 min
Haba Na Haba: 1 - Introduction

09: Haba Na Haba: 1 - Introduction

Haba Na Haba: 1 - Introduction is a video guitar lesson presented by Tommy Emmanuel. The words Haba Na Haba are from a proverb which translates to "little by little your pot will be filled." I purposely wrote this song in a way that would really reflect African music and African culture.

4 min
Haba Na Haba: 6 - Performance: Tri

10: Haba Na Haba: 6 - Performance: Tri

Haba Na Haba: 6 - Performance: Tri is a video guitar lesson presented by Tommy Emmanuel. The words Haba Na Haba are from a proverb which translates to "little by little your pot will be filled." I purposely wrote this song in a way that would really reflect African music and African culture.

4 min
Haba Na Haba: 7 - Breakdown: Tri

11: Haba Na Haba: 7 - Breakdown: Tri

Haba Na Haba: 7 - Breakdown: Tri is a video guitar lesson presented by Tommy Emmanuel. The words Haba Na Haba are from a proverb which translates to "little by little your pot will be filled." I purposely wrote this song in a way that would really reflect African music and African culture.

15 min
Ready for Freddy - Performance

12: Ready for Freddy - Performance

Ready for Freddy - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks. Ready for Freddie is tribute to Freddie King, the great Texas Bluesman who incoporated many elements of Boogie Woogie into his guitar style. These Fingerstyle variations are based on Freddie King's classic, Hideaway.

2 min
Ready for Freddy - 1st Chorus Breakdown

13: Ready for Freddy - 1st Chorus Breakdown

Ready for Freddy - 1st Chorus Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks. The first chorus is a call and response mixing a melody which is harominized in three-note chords with the "Grinder" Boogie bass motif from the Boogie Toolbox.

5 min
Ready for Freddy - 2nd Chorus Breakdown

14: Ready for Freddy - 2nd Chorus Breakdown

Ready for Freddy - 2nd Chorus Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks. The second chorus is a syncopated Boogie bass line combined with two and three- note chords answering on the back beat. This is a terrific combination of bass melody and chord comps.

4 min
Ready for Freddy - 3rd Chorus Breakdown

15: Ready for Freddy - 3rd Chorus Breakdown

Ready for Freddy - 3rd Chorus Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks. The third chorus starts out with "The Break" which is a Chuck Berry style opening with percussive chords followed by a descending blues riff from the 12th fret to the first position.

5 min
Ready for Freddy - 4th Chorus Breakdown

16: Ready for Freddy - 4th Chorus Breakdown

Ready for Freddy - 4th Chorus Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks. The fourth chorus is a reprise of the first chorus up to the turnaround where there is a descending blues riff from the 7th fret to the 1rst position.

3 min
Ready for Freddy - Other Variations

17: Ready for Freddy - Other Variations

Ready for Freddy - Other Variations is a video guitar lesson presented by Tim Sparks. This segment shows how you can mix and match segments from the Boogie Grooves to create your own Fingerstyle Boogie instrumentals.

5 min
Nine White Kites - Performance

18: Nine White Kites - Performance

Nine White Kites - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Peppino D'Agostino. Writing music for me is exciting, challenging, frustrating and rewarding. I wrote this composition in only 2 days, inspired by an unusual open tuning that I've learned from one of my former students!

4 min
Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 1 - 19

19: Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 1 - 19

Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 1 - 19 is a video guitar lesson presented by Peppino D'Agostino. The initial harmonic arpeggio is quite fast, so make sure to use the proper right hand fingering written on the music staff.

6 min
Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 20 - 43

20: Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 20 - 43

Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 20 - 43 is a video guitar lesson presented by Peppino D'Agostino. On measure 20 a new melodic line starts and this time it is shared between the 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings.

7 min
Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 44 - 63

21: Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 44 - 63

Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 44 - 63 is a video guitar lesson presented by Peppino D'Agostino. Pay close attention to measure 47 because the tempo shifts from 4/4 to 5/4. On measure 50 you have to play the bass note on the 6th string (E) with your l.h. thumb.

6 min
Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 64 - 79

22: Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 64 - 79

Nine White Kites - Breakdown: Bars 64 - 79 is a video guitar lesson presented by Peppino D'Agostino. The section starting on measure 70 is quite tricky because I alternate harmonics with true notes and it could be challenging to have them coexist peacefully!

3 min
Col De Lauteret - Performance

23: Col De Lauteret - Performance

Col De Lauteret - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Stephen Bennett. This tune was inspired by a drive with my family in the French Alps. Col De Lauteret is the name of a particular pass through the mountains.

6 min
Col De Lauteret  - Breakdown 1

24: Col De Lauteret - Breakdown 1

Col De Lauteret - Breakdown 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by Stephen Bennett. This tune was inspired by a drive with my family in the French Alps. Col De Lauteret is the name of a particular pass through the mountains.

3 min
Col De Lauteret  - Breakdown 2

25: Col De Lauteret - Breakdown 2

Col De Lauteret - Breakdown 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by Stephen Bennett. Again, the backbeat is present and important.

4 min
Col De Lauteret  - Breakdown 3

26: Col De Lauteret - Breakdown 3

Col De Lauteret - Breakdown 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Stephen Bennett. Again, the backbeat is present and important.

2 min
Col De Lauteret  - Breakdown 4

27: Col De Lauteret - Breakdown 4

Col De Lauteret - Breakdown 4 is a video guitar lesson presented by Stephen Bennett. This is the right hand tapping section, while the left hand does a repeating hammer-on. If you do it right, the low E string will activate itself and start singing.

3 min
Col De Lauteret  - Breakdown 5

28: Col De Lauteret - Breakdown 5

Col De Lauteret - Breakdown 5 is a video guitar lesson presented by Stephen Bennett. This is the right hand tapping section, while the left hand does a repeating hammer-on. If you do it right, the low E string will activate itself and start singing.

3 min
Tap The Red Cane II - Overview

29: Tap The Red Cane II - Overview

Tap The Red Cane II - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Daniel Champagne. Here is a new tuning for you, open D (DADF#AD). This piece is played completely through the two hand tapping technique.

1 min
Tap The Red Cane II - Performance

30: Tap The Red Cane II - Performance

Tap The Red Cane II - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Daniel Champagne. Here is a new tuning for you, open D (DADF#AD). This piece is played completely through the two hand tapping technique.

1 min
Tap The Red Cane II - Breakdown

31: Tap The Red Cane II - Breakdown

Tap The Red Cane II - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Daniel Champagne. Here is a new tuning for you, open D (DADF#AD). This piece is played completely through the two hand tapping technique.

14 min
Cannonball Rag - Overview

32: Cannonball Rag - Overview

Cannonball Rag - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Alonzo Pennington. "Cannonball Rag" is known as The Thumbpicker's National Anthem (or so it's called in the picking circles). We'll be looking at the Merle Travis Version in this performance.

2 min
Cannonball Rag - Performance

33: Cannonball Rag - Performance

Cannonball Rag - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Alonzo Pennington. "Cannonball Rag" is known as The Thumbpicker's National Anthem (or so it's called in the picking circles). We'll be looking at the Merle Travis Version in this performance.

2 min
Cannonball Rag - Breakdown

34: Cannonball Rag - Breakdown

Cannonball Rag - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Alonzo Pennington. Travis Pattern B is what this whole song is built around, or at least the main verse of it. We'll incorporate the 3 finger roll and that Mose Rager Roll to help us learn the "Thumbpicker's National Anthem."

13 min
Queenie's Waltz - Overview

35: Queenie's Waltz - Overview

Queenie's Waltz - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg. This piece is called "Queenie's Waltz". By dropping the 5th and the 6th down a further tone, we arrive at CGDGAD, which leaves the bottom string very slack (so don't hit it too hard!).

4 min
Queenie's Waltz - Performance

36: Queenie's Waltz - Performance

Queenie's Waltz - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg. Now I'll perform "Queenie's Waltz". When playing this piece, focus on keeping things steady and gentle at a level tempo. Imagine that people are waltzing along, and avoid acceleration to keep them from tripping up!

2 min
Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part I

37: Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part I

Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part I is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg. Let's look at "Queenie's Waltz" in bits. Let's first take a look at Sections A and B as they're nearly the same as each other.

3 min
Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part II

38: Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part II

Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part II is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg. Moving on to the second verse (Section C and D), we're doing quite a bit of the same things we were doing in the first part - playing legato and using the thumb to mark the bar on the bass.

5 min
Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part III

39: Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part III

Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part III is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg. We're now at Bar 37, which puts us at Section E. There's a slight variation on the tune here, however there are no new technical demands on us.

4 min
Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part IV

40: Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part IV

Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part IV is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg. Now we'll be dealing with Section F, going straight into it from Section E. Again, nothing too difficult here. The big difference is that we essentially have a "blues waltz", a swing waltz where we'll be playing duplets.

5 min
Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part V

41: Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part V

Queenie's Waltz - Breakdown Part V is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg. This is marked as if going through a series of verses - feel free to alternate them if you'd like. Just keep the rhythm punching along!

3 min
Wazamataz - Performance

42: Wazamataz - Performance

Wazamataz - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Gilewitz. I wrote this tune many years ago based on my inpirations from a great friend and world class blues artist - WAZ. A true eccentric, his latest request is to now be known as Mr. Sputnik.

3 min
Wazamataz Breakdown: 1 - Main Motif and Variations

43: Wazamataz Breakdown: 1 - Main Motif and Variations

Wazamataz Breakdown: 1 - Main Motif and Variations is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Gilewitz. Bars 1-8 Establish the main theme of the piece and require a very snappy effect with properly placed staccato effects and power attacks on particular notes such as the slides on beat 3 in measure 3.

7 min
Wazamataz Breakdown: 2 - Avoiding Predictability

44: Wazamataz Breakdown: 2 - Avoiding Predictability

Wazamataz Breakdown: 2 - Avoiding Predictability is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Gilewitz. Bars 9-13 contain a series of rather unorthodox chord movements so a great deal of time is suggested for practice and focus time when incorporating this section into the piece.

4 min
Wazamataz Breakdown: 3 - Blues & Staccato Rasgueado

45: Wazamataz Breakdown: 3 - Blues & Staccato Rasgueado

Wazamataz Breakdown: 3 - Blues & Staccato Rasgueado is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Gilewitz. Bars 14-21 allow for somewhat of an approximation when attacking the strings as the pinky finger navigates from the 5th to the 4th fret.

6 min
Wazamataz Breakdown: 4 - Introducing a Second Theme

46: Wazamataz Breakdown: 4 - Introducing a Second Theme

Wazamataz Breakdown: 4 - Introducing a Second Theme is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Gilewitz. Bars 22-29 contain almost a 2nd theme of sorts to the tune as the fretting pinky finger navigates a double pull-off on both strings 2 and 1 simultaneously.

3 min
Wazamataz Breakdown: 5 - Bass Bends & Blues Feel

47: Wazamataz Breakdown: 5 - Bass Bends & Blues Feel

Wazamataz Breakdown: 5 - Bass Bends & Blues Feel is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Gilewitz. Bars 30-37 are a portion of the tune where it almost seems to somewhat relax a bit and back off from the previously aggressive attacks.

3 min
Wazamataz Breakdown: 6 - Bass Run & Theme Variation

48: Wazamataz Breakdown: 6 - Bass Run & Theme Variation

Wazamataz Breakdown: 6 - Bass Run & Theme Variation is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Gilewitz. Bars 38-53 contain another measure that should particularly grab your attention when trying to play the piece smoothly.

3 min
Wazamataz Breakdown: 7 - Minor Chord Transitions

49: Wazamataz Breakdown: 7 - Minor Chord Transitions

Wazamataz Breakdown: 7 - Minor Chord Transitions is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Gilewitz. In Bars 54-57 a minor chord is utilized to create an effective transition back into the call and response segment of the E and A Major chords.

2 min
Wazamataz Breakdown: 8 - Staccato Ending

50: Wazamataz Breakdown: 8 - Staccato Ending

Wazamataz Breakdown: 8 - Staccato Ending is a video guitar lesson presented by Richard Gilewitz. Bars 58-62 are the closure of the tune and the chromatic one fret descent with a B7 shape from frets 3 and 2 to 2 and 1 should be done smoothly.

2 min
Play Acoustic Guitar 10: Advanced Fingerstyle Études - Conclusion

51: Play Acoustic Guitar 10: Advanced Fingerstyle Études - Conclusion

Congratulations on completing this core course in your learning path! When you're ready to advance your skills further, dive into the next core course in your TrueFire learning path. Practice smart. Play hard!

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