Pete Huttlinger's 50 Fingerpicking Licks

Asking fingerstyle virtuoso, prolific composer and top recording artist Pete Huttlinger to open up his playbook and share his favorite moves is like asking David Copperfield to reveal his favorite illusions. Both are widely-acclaimed as masters in their respective fields, and both have dedicated a lifetime of study and practice to perfect their art.

The difference is that we really don’t want to know how Copperfireld’s illusions work — it would spoil everything. On the other hand, we’ll take all the fretboard magic that Huttlinger is willing to reveal and still be amazed every time he performs.

So, we politely asked, Pete enthusiastically said ‘yes’ and all is revealed here in this stellar and very generous collection of 50 Fingerpickin’ Licks You MUST Know.

Video Introduction

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About the Guitar Lesson Plan

Interactive Video Guitar Instruction

guitar coursePete’s cherry-picked collection covers a lot of ground from uptempo country and bluegrass moves to a series of country/blues endings, from walking bass lines to banjo style rolls, a few ways to play over the 6, 2, 5 1 progression, some cool jazz chordage, a yard full of blazing chicken pickin’ moves, a few delicious slow blues moves, call and answer licks, harmonized descending bass lines, Bossa Nova rhythmic patterns and an array of “awesome double stops” that Pete says are “worth the price of admission alone.”

Pete also shows us those tasty, jaw-dropping, ‘how does he do that’ signature moves that everyone always asks him about. Pete will lift the hood on the Merle Travis and Chet Atkins Cascade-inspired licks that he plays in Cannonball Rag, the ending of Go Tell It On The Mountain, the intro and the bridge from Brown Bomber, the ending to The Santa Rita Connection, the “controlled madness” from the intro of Oklahoma Twilight, the ending to The Small Stuff and few other best kept Huttlinger secrets.

All of the licks are first performed over a rhythm track so that you can hear and practice them at tempo, in a musical context. Each performance is then followed by a detailed breakdown of the lick and the techniques being employed to perform it. Everything is tabbed and notated, plus you get all of the rhythm tracks used in the performances to practice with on your own.

Abracadabra — all is revealed!

About Your Instructor

Pete Huttlinger

educatorComfortable with his guitar, a mandolin, a resonator, and other stringed instruments, Pete Huttlinger is a phenomenally talented musician whose work extends beyond stage performances and recording sessions into the world of education as well. His excellence as a teacher is evidenced on many instructional DVDs and other materials.

Guitar Player Magazine said, "In Pete Huttlinger's hands, a fingerpicked flat-top becomes a mini-orchestra. He juggles it all: a tune's melody, harmony, and bass lines-even percussion. His playing is fun, scary, and always inspiring."

Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine said, "Since graduating Cum Laude from Berklee in 1984, Pete has made his home in Nashville, where he has established himself as one of Music City's most respected. He is the 2000 winner of the Winfield Fingerstyle Championship and made his Carnegie Hall debut in January 2008."

In a 2007, article and interview, 20th Century Guitar Magazine said of Pete, "Inspired by guitar legends Chet Atkins, Earl Klugh and Tommy Emmanuel, guitarist Pete Huttlinger has a number of acclaimed instrumental albums and several guitar educational DVDs to his credit. Remembered as John Denver's lead guitarist in the years before Denver's death in 1997, Huttlinger shines on his 2007 CD, Things Are Looking Up. Like Tommy Emmanuel, Huttlinger is at his best in the solo finger style acoustic guitar setting, filling up all the parts of the song with his ten fingers and several backing musicians.

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What you Get:

Video software (Windows and Mac) with TrueFire's Lesson Player, PIP, full-screen, looping, slow motion, keyboard shortcuts, plus...

  • - 126 Minutes of Video
  • - Text Commentary
  • - Tab
  • - Standard Notation
  • - Jam Tracks
  • - Guitar Pro


Intermediate - Advanced

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Licks 1 - 50
    - 50 Video Lessons
  3. Conclusion

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