The FingerPicking Guitar Class will explore just that – FingerPicking. It is split up into 4 parts:
Intro to FingerPickin’
Break away from strumming the same pattern all the time and learn about bass lines, fingerpickin’ patterns and a tool box full of licks and tricks to make you sound like a pro! You should have a comfortable relationship with your basic chords before attempting this adventure, but you don’t need to be a pro – that’s what you learn here.
Intro to Travis Pickin’
Merl Travis didn’t invent it, but he sure rocked it enough to have his name put to it. We start with some Travis Pickin’ accompaniment patterns and move on to a playing a melody at the same time as the chords. What?!! Melody and chords at the same time, you ask? It is true.
More Accompaniment Patterns and Chord Melodies
I think you’ll need a bigger toolbox! These are the licks, tricks, rhythms and patterns that will make them name a style after you. We’ll look at Muted notes, Chuckin’, Bossa Rhythms, Melody/Strum Patterns, Chord Melodies and more…
Advanced Travis Pickin’
It gets harder than the intro class? It sure does! Check out Merle Travis (of course), Doc Watson, Richard Thompson, Mississippi John Hurt, Tommy Emanuel, Harry Sacksioni and lots more great stuff. We’ll do new songes each time, so keep comin’ back!!
From Student Evaluation Forms at MRU Conservatory when the classes were taught there
Fall 2016 – 3.43/4, 4/4 (mean rating per class)
“Very effective structure and flow of course material”
“Great course and instructor”
Winter 2016 3.78/4 (mean rating per class)