A variety of new and traditional
percussive techniques are now prerequisite for virtually every performing
and recording style of acoustic guitar. Michael Hedges, Preston Reed, Andy
McKee and Vicky Genfan slap and tap their way through solo guitar
performances with brilliant precision and energy. John Mayer thumps
out a mean bass line with his thumb. Kelly Joe Phelps uses a pinky move on
his pick guard. Tommy Emmanuel's percussive techniques are nothing short of
amazing. Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds, James Taylor, Janis Ian, JJ Cale,
Greg Brown, Rodney Crowell and dozens of other top caliber players Slap,
Frail and Thump to spice up their performances and compositions.
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Slap, Frail and Thump covers three essential percussive techniques for
singer-songwriters, accompanists and solo guitar performers; palm slaps
(for percussion and melody), frailing (traditionally a banjo picking
technique) and thumping (combo slap and frail). Slap, Frail and Thump
is demonstrated primarily on a six-string acoustic
guitar for steel-string players; however all of the techniques can be
readily applied to electric, 12-string and nylon-string guitar as well.
Matthieu Brandt, Dutch recording artist and top European guitar
educator, presents Slap, Frail and Thump, the first course to drill so deep
into the un-chartered waters of percussive guitar techniques. Brandt, who
also authored TrueFire's highly popular Jump Blues course, thoroughly
researched the artists and their techniques to distill the information
presented in Slap, Frail and Thump.
Students play their way through Slap, Frail and Thump starting
with relatively simple grooves and progressing to quite intricate
and challenging accompaniments. Students learn 12 original arrangements to
get a grip on the techniques in context and work through 180 exercises
covering every nuance of palm slaps, frails and full hand frails (thumps).
Students will learn how to use the techniques in band settings, solo
guitar performances or as a singer-songwriter across all styles spanning
rock, blues, country, shuffles and funk. Even players with little or no
fingerstyle skills can quickly incorporate these techniques in their
Whatever your style, or level of
play, Slap, Frail and Thump will add new energy, range and
excitement in your playing.