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Play Acoustic Guitar 5: Fingerstyle Approaches

Energize your fingerstyle chops with this Acoustic Learning Path core course.
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Overview

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 5: Fingerstyle Approaches for intermediate to late Intermediate students of Acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 4 top TrueFire educators: Adrian Legg, David Blacker, Joe Dalton, and David Hamburger. The Fingerstyle Approaches curriculum is comprised of select Acoustic guitar lessons from the educators' existing TrueFire course libraries.

Fingerstyle guitar technique takes full advantage of the instrument's polyphonic qualities, which is one of the main reasons it's so popular across so many styles of music. You'll find fingerstyle techniques in blues, rock, jazz, country, classical, folk, singer-songwriter, and dozens of other genres and subgenres. While the specific technique will vary across musical styles, fingerstyle guitar calls for finger and thumb independance so that you can play a bass line, a rhythm part, and a melody line simultaneously. The video guitar lessons in this core course will equip you with the requisite skills to take your fingerstyle technique to the next level.

Play Acoustic Guitar 5: Fingerstyle Approaches is organized into 2 sections. In the first section, Adrian Legg shares the very same approaches he himself used to learn fingerstyle including his innovative 2-week Guitar Diary of workouts designed to get you up and running very quickly. Adrian also presents 3 performance studies to apply your skills to. In the second section, you'll play your way through 12 more performance studies in different styles. David Blacker introduces you to traditional country blues, David Hamburger shows you a few fingerstyle blues, and Joe Dalton guides you through arrangements for Amazing Grace and Silent Night.

When you've completed the lessons here in Fingerstyle Approaches, you'll find more lessons focused on fingerstyle techniques in Fingerstyle Principles, also a Play Acoustic Guitar 5 core course.

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 5: Fingerstyle Approaches - Introduction

01: Play Acoustic Guitar 5: Fingerstyle Approaches - Introduction

Welcome to Play Acoustic Guitar 5: Fingerstyle Approaches for intermediate to late Intermediate students of Acoustic guitar. This Acoustic Learning Path core course is presented by 4 top TrueFire educators: Adrian Legg, David Blacker, Joe Dalton, and David Hamburger. The Fingerstyle Approaches curriculum is comprised of select Acoustic guitar lessons from the educators existing TrueFire courses.

2 min
Workouts & Techniques - SECTION 1: Overview

02: Workouts & Techniques - SECTION 1: Overview

In this section, Adrian Legg guides you through a series of workouts and approaches for getting up and running quickly with your fingerstyle technique. He shares the very same approaches he himself used to learn fingerstyle including his innovative 2-week Guitar Diary of workouts. Adrian also presents 3 performance studies to apply your skills including Gas Bill, Folky Little Finger, and Dying Embers Steel Bends.

1 min
Adrian's 2-Week Guitar Diary - Overview

03: Adrian's 2-Week Guitar Diary - Overview

Adrian's 2-Week Guitar Diary - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. This group of six lessons represents how I learned alternating thumb patterns, practicing two hours a day for two weeks.

1 min
Week 1 Workout 1 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

04: Week 1 Workout 1 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

Week 1 Workout 1 - 2 Week Guitar Diary is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. This is quite literally where I started working out how to do fingerstyle some forty-odd years ago.

3 min
Week 1 Workout 2 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

05: Week 1 Workout 2 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

Week 1 Workout 2 - 2 Week Guitar Diary is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. By the second day of the self-lead programme, I was still fumbling badly, but there were signs of possible life! So, I added in a sixth on the second string, with the right hand staying the same.

2 min
Week 1 Workout 3 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

06: Week 1 Workout 3 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

Week 1 Workout 3 - 2 Week Guitar Diary is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. By day three, I was becoming more confident, so I added another chord to the programme. Bold stuff indeed, as it reversed the pattern in the thumb and caused chaos, but not for long.

3 min
Week 1 Workout 4 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

07: Week 1 Workout 4 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

Week 1 Workout 4 - 2 Week Guitar Diary is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. By day four, I could do the A pattern and the E7 pattern reasonably reliably but very slowly, and added in removing finger 1 on the left hand to give a little movement in the treble. Once again, the right hand stays the same.

2 min
Week 2 Workout 1 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

08: Week 2 Workout 1 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

Week 2 Workout 1 - 2 Week Guitar Diary is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. After plugging away for a week, I was getting into something believable and needed another chord. I had A and E7, tonic and dominant, so clearly the next move had to be the sub-dominant, so I moved the E7 shape down two frets to D7.

3 min
Week 2 Workout 2 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

09: Week 2 Workout 2 - 2 Week Guitar Diary

Week 2 Workout 2 - 2 Week Guitar Diary is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. Once again, thinking that a little variety might be easy, I took finger 1 of the left hand off, and tried it with the first treble note on or off.

4 min
Moving Towards Melody - Overview

10: Moving Towards Melody - Overview

Moving Towards Melody - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. In this next series of lessons, with our hands functioning correctly, we'll work towards a more musical place, getting to a point where we can move around and start playing fingerstyle expressively. Let's have some fun!

1 min
Straight vs Swing Impact - Demonstration

11: Straight vs Swing Impact - Demonstration

Straight vs Swing Impact - Demonstration is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. Once we have our right hand finger strokes working in the right order and combination, we need to get some rhythm into them; specifically the difference in feel between swing (or compound time) and straight (or simple time).

5 min
Getting Some Movement In It - Movement Workouts 1

12: Getting Some Movement In It - Movement Workouts 1

Getting Some Movement In It - Movement Workouts 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. The first of these lessons is the original. I put it in the chart again here for reference.

3 min
Getting Some Movement In It - Movement Workouts 2

13: Getting Some Movement In It - Movement Workouts 2

Getting Some Movement In It - Movement Workouts 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. The main difference between this and the original A minor exercise with a static bass is that as we hammer-on with finger 1 of the left hand at fret 1 of the second string (bringing the second string B up to C), the second finger moves across to the Fsharp/fret 2 on the sixth string at the same time.

2 min
Getting Some Movement In It - Movement Workouts 3

14: Getting Some Movement In It - Movement Workouts 3

Getting Some Movement In It - Movement Workouts 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. I think that by now we've done so much work that this one might come fairly easily. The B to C/fret 1 second string hammer-on is done with the first finger as it was in the original static version, occurring as we move onto a Cmajor chord.

2 min
Fingerstyle Patterns - Overview

15: Fingerstyle Patterns - Overview

Fingerstyle Patterns - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. This next series features some patterns (or workouts) that build strength and stamina, working on coordination, control, and attack.

1 min
Van Stoneman Lick (3-3-2) - Pattern Workouts 1

16: Van Stoneman Lick (3-3-2) - Pattern Workouts 1

Van Stoneman Lick (3-3-2) - Pattern Workouts 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins.

2 min
Straight p-i-ma(c)-i - Pattern Workouts 2

17: Straight p-i-ma(c)-i - Pattern Workouts 2

Straight p-i-ma(c)-i - Pattern Workouts 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. This is a dead simple backup pattern, each strike falling on a beat or half-beat, a workman-like thing that offers a more musical sound to put behind a song than strumming.

4 min
Alternating Straight and 3-3-2 - Pattern Workouts 3

18: Alternating Straight and 3-3-2 - Pattern Workouts 3

Alternating Straight and 3-3-2 - Pattern Workouts 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. We could get pedantic about the count in the 3-3-2 bar and count it "one-and-two-and-three-and-four-and..." which corresponds to a 4/4 time signature properly, but to understand the phrasing and to get our right hand to work, the way I count it is simpler.

3 min
3-3-2 E7 in 1st Position - Pattern Workouts 4

19: 3-3-2 E7 in 1st Position - Pattern Workouts 4

3-3-2 E7 in 1st Position - Pattern Workouts 4 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. To put the 3-3-2 right hand into E7, we reconfigure the bass so that instead of going down to the 6th, we run it up the sixth string to the fifth string, reaching over for the Gsharp/4th fret on the sixth string using the pinky of the left hand.

2 min
3-3-2 D7 in 5th Position - Pattern Workouts 5

20: 3-3-2 D7 in 5th Position - Pattern Workouts 5

3-3-2 D7 in 5th Position - Pattern Workouts 5 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins.

2 min
3-3-2 Using Open String Notes - Pattern Workouts 6

21: 3-3-2 Using Open String Notes - Pattern Workouts 6

3-3-2 Using Open String Notes - Pattern Workouts 6 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. Once you have the right hand pattern secure, try it anywhere and see what you can find.

2 min
Banjo Roll Patterns - Overview

22: Banjo Roll Patterns - Overview

Banjo Roll Patterns - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. This next series uses techniques from the banjo, looking at the right hand playing and applying it to the guitar. We'll be incorporating the thumb into playing the treble part now, taking things slowly to get it all together before we move forward.

2 min
Scale Pattern p-i-m-i - Banjo Roll Workouts 2

23: Scale Pattern p-i-m-i - Banjo Roll Workouts 2

Scale Pattern p-i-m-i - Banjo Roll Workouts 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. Simple enough musically, notice how the middle (M) note stays put and is gradually eased under by the rising thumb (P) and index (I) notes.

3 min
Droning Multi-Purpose Lick - Banjo Roll Workouts 3

24: Droning Multi-Purpose Lick - Banjo Roll Workouts 3

Droning Multi-Purpose Lick - Banjo Roll Workouts 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. This one you'll hear all over the place in one form or another; on the start of Albert Lee's "Country Boy" for example. It doesn't have to sit in a country context, but will give a little punch wherever you need it.

3 min
Pedal Steel Licks - Overview

25: Pedal Steel Licks - Overview

Pedal Steel Licks - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. For this series of workouts, we'll be borrowing from the steel guitar; adapting the pedal changes for fingerstyle playing. Although we can't take every technique from the steel guitar, this will give us a beautiful, flowing, smooth sound.

2 min
Basic Steel Phrase - Pedal Steel Workouts 1

26: Basic Steel Phrase - Pedal Steel Workouts 1

Basic Steel Phrase - Pedal Steel Workouts 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. Remember to brace wherever you can so all the tension of the bend is taken on your finger, playing it as sustained as you can.

5 min
Pre-Bent Phrases - Pedal Steel Workouts 2

27: Pre-Bent Phrases - Pedal Steel Workouts 2

Pre-Bent Phrases - Pedal Steel Workouts 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. Once playing this workout feels secure, try it in different positions to get used to the slightly different feel.

4 min
Gas Bill Verse Part - Overview

28: Gas Bill Verse Part - Overview

Gas Bill Verse Part - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins.

1 min
Gas Bill Verse Part - Performance

29: Gas Bill Verse Part - Performance

Gas Bill Verse Part - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins.

0 min
Gas Bill Verse Part - Breakdown

30: Gas Bill Verse Part - Breakdown

Gas Bill Verse Part - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins.

3 min
Folky Little Finger - Overview

31: Folky Little Finger - Overview

Folky Little Finger - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. Early on in my fingerstyle playing I came across Elizabeth Cotten's "Freight Train." It came to me second or third-hand, and for years I didn't know she played a right-handed guitar upside down, but coupled with a few other things I saw and heard it struck me that a left hand pinky could do a lot on top of simple chords.

1 min
Folky Little Finger - Performance

32: Folky Little Finger - Performance

Folky Little Finger - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. Early on in my fingerstyle playing I came across Elizabeth Cotten's "Freight Train." It came to me second or third-hand, and for years I didn't know she played a right-handed guitar upside down, but coupled with a few other things I saw and heard it struck me that a left hand pinky could do a lot on top of simple chords.

0 min
Folky Little Finger - Breakdown

33: Folky Little Finger - Breakdown

Folky Little Finger - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. Early on in my fingerstyle playing I came across Elizabeth Cotten's "Freight Train." It came to me second or third-hand, and for years I didn't know she played a right-handed guitar upside down, but coupled with a few other things I saw and heard it struck me that a left hand pinky could do a lot on top of simple chords.

2 min
Dying Embers Steel Bends - Overview

34: Dying Embers Steel Bends - Overview

Dying Embers Steel Bends - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. In this piece, called "Dying Embers," I play very freely, so the count is just for a rough layout. This is inspired by steel guitar licks that we went over earlier, in which we covered almost every part of this song. I hope you enjoy it.

1 min
Dying Embers Steel Bends - Performance

35: Dying Embers Steel Bends - Performance

Dying Embers Steel Bends - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. In this piece, called "Dying Embers," I play very freely, so the count is just for a rough layout. This is inspired by steel guitar licks that we went over earlier, in which we covered almost every part of this song. I hope you enjoy it.

1 min
Dying Embers Steel Bends - Breakdown

36: Dying Embers Steel Bends - Breakdown

Dying Embers Steel Bends - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Adrian Legg and is sourced from Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins. In this piece, called "Dying Embers," I play very freely, so the count is just for a rough layout. This is inspired by steel guitar licks that we went over earlier, in which we covered almost every part of this song. I hope you enjoy it.

2 min
Performance Studies - SECTION 2: Overview

37: Performance Studies - SECTION 2: Overview

In this second section, you'll play your way through 12 more performance studies in different styles. David Blacker introduces you to traditional country blues by first showing you a variety of key techniques for the style and then guiding you through several performance studies with breakdowns.

1 min
Lone Wolf Basics - Techniques for the Journey

38: Lone Wolf Basics - Techniques for the Journey

Lone Wolf Basics - Techniques for the Journey is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. If you're new to acoustic blues or fingerstyle guitar then definitely take some time to get these fundamentals together before moving on to the repertoire building pieces.

2 min
The Travis Picking Technique - Lone Wolf Basics: 1

39: The Travis Picking Technique - Lone Wolf Basics: 1

The Travis Picking Technique - Lone Wolf Basics: 1 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. The Travis picking technique has its roots in early blues music (probably way before) and was made famous by Merle Travis. You can also hear it in players like Chet Atkins, Brian Setzer, Scotty Moore, and many more.

6 min
Steady Bass Technique - Lone Wolf Basics: 2

40: Steady Bass Technique - Lone Wolf Basics: 2

Steady Bass Technique - Lone Wolf Basics: 2 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. The steady bass technique is a cornerstone of acoustic blues playing made popular by players like Big Bill Broonzy and Lightnin Hopkins.

6 min
Hammer-ons & Pull-offs - Lone Wolf Basics: 3

41: Hammer-ons & Pull-offs - Lone Wolf Basics: 3

Hammer-ons & Pull-offs - Lone Wolf Basics: 3 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. In this video we look at hammer-ons and pull-offs in a blues context. Try to get that little phrase together and then if it becomes really easy you can incorporate a steady bass line.

2 min
The Triplet Feel - Lone Wolf Basics: 4

42: The Triplet Feel - Lone Wolf Basics: 4

The Triplet Feel - Lone Wolf Basics: 4 is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. The triplet feel is a rhythmic pattern you are going to run into a lot in this course particularly when playing through the steady bass numbers. I just wanted to call your attention to it as something you can use with a chord fragment and a steady bass line to accompany yourself.

1 min
Lightning Strikes - Performance

43: Lightning Strikes - Performance

Lightning Strikes - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. This piece is a great starting place to work on the elements of steady bass picking. It works through different inversions and chord fragments in the open positions to give you a basic toolbox for accompanying yourself via the steady bass style.

2 min
Breakdown - Lightning Strikes

44: Breakdown - Lightning Strikes

Breakdown - Lightning Strikes is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Let's break down this piece and get a feel for what is going on. Try to take it slowly while you practice each technique and work on the feel for the part.

3 min
Play-along - Lightning Strikes

45: Play-along - Lightning Strikes

Play-along - Lightning Strikes is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Okay, now it's time to put it all together and practice playing this piece along with me. You'll notice we are using a metronome to keep a steady pulse, but remember that acoustic blues and roots music are really about feel, so once you feel comfortable with the piece try it solo.

2 min
Down in the Valley - Performance

46: Down in the Valley - Performance

Down in the Valley - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. In this piece we work with a simple right hand pattern where the thumb of the right hand carries the bass notes and the 2nd and 3rd fingers of the right hand pick out the melody.

1 min
Breakdown - Down in the Valley

47: Breakdown - Down in the Valley

Breakdown - Down in the Valley is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Let's break down this piece and get a feel for what is going on. Try to take it slowly while you practice each technique and work on the feel for the part.

4 min
Play-along - Down in the Valley

48: Play-along - Down in the Valley

Play-along - Down in the Valley is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Okay, now it's time to put it all together and practice playing this piece along with me. You'll notice we are using a metronome to keep a steady pulse, but remember that acoustic blues and roots music are really about feel, so once you feel comfortable with the piece try it solo.

2 min
Midnight Train - Performance

49: Midnight Train - Performance

Midnight Train - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. In Midnight Train we have a nice steady bass style tune in the key of A. One of the reasons I put this piece together was that unlike some of the other steady bass pieces this incorporates melody chords and notes on all 4 strings D - G - B - E.

2 min
Breakdown - Midnight Train

50: Breakdown - Midnight Train

Breakdown - Midnight Train is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Let's break down this piece and get a feel for what is going on. Try to take it slowly while you practice each technique and work on the feel for the part.

5 min
Play-along - Midnight Train

51: Play-along - Midnight Train

Play-along - Midnight Train is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Okay, now it's time to put it all together and practice playing this piece along with me.

2 min
Ol' Mississippi - Performance

52: Ol' Mississippi - Performance

Ol' Mississippi - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Mississippi John Hurt was one of those amazingly talented players that literally created a sound and style all his own. Working from the building blocks of simple blues/folk chords and progressions he was able to create a rich sonic tapestry using just a few raw key ingredients.

1 min
Breakdown - Ol' Mississippi

53: Breakdown - Ol' Mississippi

Breakdown - Ol' Mississippi is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Let's break down this piece and get a feel for what is going on. Try to take it slowly while you practice each technique and work on the feel for the part.

4 min
Play-along - Ol' Mississippi

54: Play-along - Ol' Mississippi

Play-along - Ol' Mississippi is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Okay, now it's time to put it all together and practice playing this piece along with me.

1 min
Dusty Roads - Performance

55: Dusty Roads - Performance

Dusty Roads - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Dusty Roads is a simple Travis picking piece in the key of A major. The main idea with this piece is to get a hold of what's happening over the IV and V chords. These are some great "out of the box" fingerings that can add some nice counterpoint to a simple blues progression.

1 min
Breakdown - Dusty Roads

56: Breakdown - Dusty Roads

Breakdown - Dusty Roads is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Let's break down this piece and get a feel for what is going on. Try to take it slowly while you practice each technique and work on the feel for the part.

3 min
Play-along - Dusty Roads

57: Play-along - Dusty Roads

Play-along - Dusty Roads is a video guitar lesson presented by David Blacker and is sourced from Lone Wolf Blues. Okay, now it's time to put it all together and practice playing this piece along with me.

You'll notice we are using a metronome to keep a steady pulse, but remember that acoustic blues and roots music are really about feel, so once you feel comfortable with the piece try it solo.

2 min
Lesson 15 - Performance

58: Lesson 15 - Performance

Lesson 15 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2.

5 min
Lesson 15 - Lesson Overview

59: Lesson 15 - Lesson Overview

Lesson 15 - Lesson Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2.

6 min
Lesson 16 - Lesson Overview

60: Lesson 16 - Lesson Overview

Lesson 16 - Lesson Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2. To many people, Chet Atkins is the fingerstyle guitarist. As a kid, Atkins got fired up by hearing Merle Travis, and essentially developed a more refined version of Travis' sound, using more fingers than Travis (who picked with just thumb and index finger).

6 min
Lesson 16 - Performance

61: Lesson 16 - Performance

Lesson 16 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2. To many people, Chet Atkins is the fingerstyle guitarist. As a kid, Atkins got fired up by hearing Merle Travis, and essentially developed a more refined version of Travis' sound, using more fingers than Travis (who picked with just thumb and index finger).

5 min
Lesson 17 - Lesson Overview

62: Lesson 17 - Lesson Overview

Lesson 17 - Lesson Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2. For all of the lessons in this course, I'm playing a recent Collings 002H. It's a spruce-top, rosewood-back-and-sides small-body guitar based, I'm told, on a 1929 Martin 00-28.

4 min
Lesson 17 - Performance

63: Lesson 17 - Performance

Lesson 17 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2. For all of the lessons in this course, I'm playing a recent Collings 002H. It's a spruce-top, rosewood-back-and-sides small-body guitar based, I'm told, on a 1929 Martin 00-28.

4 min
Lesson 18 - Lesson Overview

64: Lesson 18 - Lesson Overview

Lesson 18 - Lesson Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2.

6 min
Lesson 18 - Performance

65: Lesson 18 - Performance

Lesson 18 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2.

5 min
Lesson 19 - Lesson Overview

66: Lesson 19 - Lesson Overview

Lesson 19 - Lesson Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2. For a potent shot of unadulterated Dave Van Ronk, check out his 1976 "comeback" album Sunday Street. I learned so much from this solo vocal-and-guitar record which, educational value aside, is just a great listen.

5 min
Lesson 19 - Performance

67: Lesson 19 - Performance

Lesson 19 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2. For a potent shot of unadulterated Dave Van Ronk, check out his 1976 "comeback" album Sunday Street. I learned so much from this solo vocal-and-guitar record which, educational value aside, is just a great listen.

6 min
Lesson 20 - Lesson Overview

68: Lesson 20 - Lesson Overview

Lesson 20 - Lesson Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2. For the past few summers I've co-taught a workshop in the Bay area with John Knowles, which has given me the chance to pick his brain about arranging for solo guitar, trick him into telling Chet Atkins stories, and debate the finer points of Goo-Goo Clusters.

5 min
Lesson 20 - Performance

69: Lesson 20 - Performance

Lesson 20 - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by David Hamburger and is sourced from Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2. For the past few summers I've co-taught a workshop in the Bay area with John Knowles, which has given me the chance to pick his brain about arranging for solo guitar, trick him into telling Chet Atkins stories, and debate the finer points of Goo-Goo Clusters.

7 min
Amazing Grace - Performance

70: Amazing Grace - Performance

Amazing Grace - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Joe Dalton and is sourced from Fretboard Epiphanies. This example illustrates the creation of the arrangement. The first chorus features mainly the bass and the melody. Later, harmonies and chords are introduced. Then, chord substitutions are made and some filler notes are added.

4 min
Amazing Grace - Breakdown

71: Amazing Grace - Breakdown

Amazing Grace - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Joe Dalton and is sourced from Fretboard Epiphanies. Performing this with the proper feeling is what makes this first chorus work. The second chorus adds harmonies in sixths. In the third chorus the A chord is now an Amaj7 and we have added an F#9 chord toward the end.

5 min
Silent Night - Performance

72: Silent Night - Performance

Silent Night - Performance is a video guitar lesson presented by Joe Dalton and is sourced from Fretboard Epiphanies. Legend has it that this traditional Christmas carol was originally performed on the guitar due to an organ malfunction. This arrangement is easy and is mostly one pattern for the right hand.

1 min
Silent Night - Breakdown

73: Silent Night - Breakdown

Silent Night - Breakdown is a video guitar lesson presented by Joe Dalton and is sourced from Fretboard Epiphanies. After the first measure, the right hand pattern settles in, it only breaks for the melody. Breaking the pattern adds interest. Breaking the flow is a good thing. It adds some variety. You don't want to lull the listener to sleep.

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Play Acoustic Guitar 5: Fingerstyle Approaches - Conclusion

74: Play Acoustic Guitar 5: Fingerstyle Approaches - Conclusion

Congratulations on completing this core course in your learning path! If you want to dig deeper or wider into the topics covered in this course, check out the recommended supplementary courses where you'll find more examples, techniques and insight from top TrueFire educators. When you're ready to advance your skills further, dive into the next core course listed in your TrueFire learning path. Practice smart. Play hard!

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