Welcome to a new feature of my website called "Fingerstyle Academy". Over the last 15 years
I've taught classes in fingerstyle guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago to beginning
through advanced students through the medium of tablature. I have recently put together a series of
reflective material that has been most successful in my classroom. It is geared towards people who can
play some guitar already and want to learn to fingerpick.|
The arrangements presented in
this Fingerstyle Academy range from the traditional " Shady Grove" to the famous harpsichord interlude
from the Beatles' "In My Life". The material is drawn from songs and tunes I learned as a child, music
that has influenced me over the years, and pieces suggested to me by students that I have arranged and
turned into rewarding lessons.
I hope you will develop the confidence to go into open tunings
and to approach and dissect a piece of music. This includes dealing with first and second endings,
CODA's and other musical signs and learning the most economical way of getting through a piece.
These lessons will come out about once a month. There will be 3 pieces presented each time for
beginning, intermediate and advanced players. Students can download the tablature and listen to the
music at full and half speed and they will always have it on hand if they need to go back for a reminder.
The advanced level will focus on masters of the fingerstyle guitar such as Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi
John Hurt, Doc Watson as well as student versions of other pieces that I have recorded.
lessons include tabulature, and mp3s in slow and fast versions of the tunes.
is in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the tab. It is a common program that most
people have already and use for opening many documents, but if you don't, it's a free download from Adobe.
Go HERE to download.
The tabulature in this series is designed to be as close to the standard six-line
form found in most guitar publications. It can be viewed online or easily printed out.
thanks to Ken Pelletier, Ted VonNida and Steve Rosen, for making this notion about an instructional
website into a reality. It was and is hours of work for them and I am deeply grateful for their time
Ready to play some tunes? Start at Lesson One, or go to the Directory of Tunes
and go from there.