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Watch the Essentials: Boom-Chick Fingerstyle Etudes online guitar lesson by Brooks Robertson from Essentials: Boom-Chick Fingerstyle Etudes

Hi, I'm Brooks Robertson and welcome to Essentials: Boom-Chick Fingerstyle Etudes. One of the reasons so many people love to play fingerstyle guitar is because it makes it possible to sound like a small band or guitar orchestra without needing anything more than your guitar, a few foundational techniques, and some good arrangements. It's crucial to develop the basic techniques and approachable etudes before you progress into playing more advanced arrangements, which certainly is an ambition of most players.

The technique that is most widespread throughout traditional and even contemporary fingerstyle guitar playing is the boom-chick alternating bass technique. This serves as a foundation to the music of many guitar giants like Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Thom Bresh, Tommy Emmanuel, Buster B. Jones, Leo Kottke, Doc Watson, and countless others.

The purpose of this course is to take the quintessential boom-chick technique and use it to play five great tunes from the early twentieth century, as well as five original tunes I've written specifically for this course. The short arrangements we'll work through are designed to utilize the boom-chick technique, develop your existing skills, and give you ten captivating tunes to add into your fingerstyle repertoire.

*A recommended prerequisite to this essentials course would be some previous knowledge and experience of the basic boom-chick technique, which can be learned in the Acoustic Learning Paths, or my Fingerstyle Survival Guide Course, both offered here on TrueFire.