OK, admit it... you secretly covet fingerstyle skills but won't go public with it because you've given it a go in the past and you're pretty darn sure that you just don't have the essential ambidexterity and finger/thumb coordination to pull it off. And since you can't juggle either it all sort of makes sense. So, no big deal -- there's lots of music you can play with a pick but still, deep down inside, you know that the guitar is a polyphonic instrument and jeez, if you could only...
STOP! Anyone can learn to play fingerstyle. Yes, even you. It's simply a matter of repetition, muscle memory, and solid instruction. If you promise to take on the repetition, your muscles will handle the memorization, and Muriel Anderson will provide the solid direction with 1-2-3 Fingerstyle Guitar. Square deal?
1-2-3 Fingerstyle Guitar is designed for intermediate to advanced flat-pick players who are ready to throw down that pick for a while to finally get a handle on fingerstyle. That's the secret ingredient of this study program -- it's a beginning fingerstyle course NOT a beginners course. You won't be bogged down working through a ton of remedial instruction.
You'll find the left-hand side of things very familiar and accessible. You'll dive right into developing that finger/thumb independence on the right-hand, and Muriel's got the educational goods to get you up, running and fingerpicking faster than you can imagine. Guaranteed.
In the first section, Muriel focuses on getting your thumb to think for itself by introducing you to thumb circles, the Merle Travis arm, muffling and a few simple alternating bass moves. You'll then start adding the ring, middle and index fingers to the mix, take on your first fingerstyle tune and ... voila!
Muriel then steps you through three accompaniment patterns that you can apply to virtually any tune. You'll learn how to work the pinky over a G, C and E chord and that will prep you for your second fingerstyle tune, Brad's Rag.
Next up; blue notes, more open chord forms, barre chords, dominant chords, 7th chords, arpeggios, forward rolls, reverse rolls, lullaby, travis and country patterns. These skills round out your fingerpicking chops and open the door to your new fingerstyle world. But wait... there's more.
Bass runs, chromatic walk-ups and walk-downs, turnarounds, hammer-ons, pull-offs, plus Muriel adds bits and pieces of Deep River Blues, Ali Cat, Alice's Restaurant, String Along Rag, Nine Pound Hammer, Windy and Warm, Waterfall in G, and Potato Gun Rag to your fingerstyle repertoire.
We can't help you with the juggling, but you won't have time for that anyway -- those weekend solo fingerstyle gigs will be keeping you pretty busy!