Norman Blake – Guitar Techniques
DVD 1: Norman teaches the flatpicking fundamentals and fretting techniques that give his songs, licks and instrumentals their soulful trademark sound. Norman also provides invaluable tips on the use of the capo, using open strings, special tunings, back-up technique and lots more. You’ll learn his unique rolling pick style, how he combines flatpicking with fingerpicking, and a variety of other techniques for creating a solid guitar arrangement. Songs and instrumentals include: Whiskey Before Breakfast, Gray Coat Soldiers, Prettiest Little Girl In The Country, The Wreck Of The Old ’97, Ginseng Sullivan, Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine.
DVD 2: Norman teaches ten songs and instrumentals taken from his vast repertoire while going even more deeply into the details of his playing style and technique. On this fascinating DVD, Norman expands the exploration of the guitar style that he so eloquently taught in his previous Homespun DVD, one of our most popular lessons. In an in-depth dialogue with guitarist Happy Traum, Norman demonstrates musical ideas, playing techniques and ten traditional and original songs and instrumentals taken from his vast repertoire. Instrumentals: Coming Down From Rising Fawn, Caperton Ferry, Uncle Joe (Miss McLeod’s Reel), Old Virginia Reel, Coleman’s March, New Century Hornpipe and Jimmy in the Swamp. Songs: Church Street Blues, Give Me Back My Fifteen Cents and Hobo’s Last Ride.
“Just a quick note of praise – I’m watching your Norman Blake DVDs again for the umpteenth time, and want to thank you for making these available! They are a real boon to guitarists, and are an important asset to the history of American music. Thanks!” – Jim Pelz
“Guitarists of all levels can benefit by studying Blake’s ability to capture the essence of a song without letting the technical aspects of playing overwhelm the melody; or, as Norman humbly puts it, “how to do the most with the least.” – Bluegrass Now
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