Watch the Post-Modern Fingerstyle Blues online guitar lesson by Tim Sparks from Post-Modern Fingerstyle Blues

Postmodern Fingerstyle Guitar is an attitude about playing anything that sounds cool, that makes you feel something. Jazz, Country, Blues and Bach, Roots and Rock its all good. We live in an era with a unique perspective because at this moment in the 21st Century we can hear virtually everything from everywhere. The ability to reference the accumulated legacy of the world's music means we can "paint" with a very eclectic musical palette. The pieces in this course were created using a process of omnivorous cannibalization. A quote from Chopin is followed by a Charlie Parker riff. Modern Jazz chords color an Appalachian Gospel melody. An ancient Hasidic chant is wedded to a bayou beat with modal improvisations in the spirit of Ornette Coleman, and on and on.

The inpiration for these etudes includes Lenny Breau, Doc Watson, Andres Segovia, Peter Finger, Tommy Emmanuel, Charlie Byrd, Marc Ribot, Chet Atkins, Raphael Rabello, and Duck Baker to name a few. I hope you enjoy playing these arrangements. Feel free to dissect them and incorporate bits and pieces into your particular bag of tricks. If it sounds good play it. Use it. Make it your own.


Big thanks to Brad, Eric, Ali, Tommy, everyone at TrueFire. Recording this course at the TrueFire Studio in St Pete was challenging, inspiring and fun! TrueFire is a great family and company. I'm surprised their heads haven't exploded from all the guitar knowledge they have processed! Much Love and Respect.

This project was funded, in part, by the Lakes Region Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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