We can all recall
experiences when we’ve been absolutely mesmerized by a particular artist’s
solo guitar performance. Those moments live with us forever and for many of
us, that’s why we play. And as players we all strive to achieve that same
magical quality in our own
performances. Fingerstyle Finesse focuses on the
technique, performance and composition skills you’ll need to make that same
magic happen with your music.
There’s no one more qualified to serve as your Fingerstyle Finesse mentor
than Stephen Bennett. Bennett’s “magic” is powerful stuff. Prolific
composer, performer, recording artist and award-winning finger-picker,
Bennett has amazing chops, but it's his sense of melody and presentation that
casts such a
profound spell on his audiences worldwide.
While Fingerstyle Finesse includes breakdowns of five of his original tunes
(the ones most people ask him
about learning), the course goes way beyond
just adding a few tunes to your repertoire.
Throughout the course, Bennett will emphasize and demonstrate key concepts
such as the importance of melody in all aspects of your playing and
composition, integrating harmonics, leveraging the backbeat, working with a
capo, composing original material along with a variety of other techniques
and concepts that will “finesse” your playing and compositional skills.
Here's how Fingerstyle Finesse is presented …
course is organized in five sections, each using an original tune to
communicate a variety of key learnings.
each section, Bennett first performs the entire tune as he would in a public
performance to demonstrate presentation and dynamics.
will then breaks the tune down into bite-size chunks, note-for-note, grip
each breakdown, Bennett addresses a wide variety of compositional and
harmonic approaches to apply to the music you compose, arrange or perform.
tune and example is presented in Power Tab so that you can "see" and "hear"
the notation and tab played out at any desired tempo and practice along with
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