Beginner'S Fingerpicking Guitar: Folk, Blues And Country (Stefan Grossman'S Guitar Workshop Audio) (Anglais) Broché – 1 janvier 2000
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The first lesson covers basic pattern picking for backing vocals. Sokolow provides a simple picking pattern with a sample song in the key of D, then gradually introduces bass runs, songs in other keys, and variations on the picking pattern. Mastering the material in this section would provide the player with the ability to adequately accompany simple folk songs.
The second lesson covers the blues. This section is definitely just an introduction with a sample of different styles rather than a comprehensive coverage of blues playing. Sokolow introduces the concept of playing an alternating bass with the thumb while picking out the melody with the fingers. He also provides examples of a monotonic bass and various blues licks.
The third lesson covers country-style fingerpicking. This section is entirely built around alternate-bass Travis-style picking and uses much of the same technique as the blues section. Sokolow shows how to accompany vocals and then construct a lead break on several songs.
The lessons are progressive, starting from a simple pattern and then gradually building in complexity. The skills learned in one section support the exercises in later sections. Sokolow also takes some time to talk about ideas for how the player can use the playing techniques he teaches to arrange new material.
Not so good:
The material on the CDs was remastered from old tapes, and apparently the pitch was not kept exactly the same. (Either that or Sokolow's guitar was not tuned to standard pitch when the recordings were made.) If you want to play along with the CD, you'll need to tune your guitar slightly sharp of standard concert pitch.
In the blues section, a couple of songs are not fully notated in the accompanying book. Sokolow is trying to push the idea of being improvisational when playing the blues rather than sticking to an exact arrangement. That makes sense, but the complete beginner trying to learn how to maintain a bass line with the thumb and a melody on the fingers may not be quite ready for improvising. Fortunately, most of the material is notated pretty completely.
Sokolow teaches what notes to play, but he doesn't provide much instruction on right hand technique (fingering, attack , dynamics, etc). This may be good for the student who wants the freedom to come up with his/her own approach, but is less useful for the complete beginner who wants more guidance.
Overall, a good intro book.