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3D Acoustic Guitar by Vicki Genfan and Truefire.com

3D Acoustic Guitar by Vicki Genfan and Truefire.com

 

Author:          Vicki Genfan

Genre:            Acoustic / Universal

Style:              Acoustic Fingerstyle

Level:             Late Intermediate / Advanced

Features:        Tabs (.pdf) & GP5 files

Lessons: 35 Videos (incl. introduction & conclusion) | 195 Minutes

1             3D Acoustic Guitar – Introduction

2             Atomic Reshuffle – Performance

3             Tuning – Technique

4             Thumb Slaps – Technique

5             Thumb Slaps with Hammers – Technique

6             Thumb Slap Etude – Practice Etude

7             Harmonics – Technique

8             Thumb Slaps with Harmonics – Etude

9             Left Hand Harmonics – Technique

10           Body Slaps 1 – Technique

11           Body Slaps 2 – Technique

12           Kali Dreams Intro – Demonstration

13           Right Hand Harmonic Tapping – Technique

14           Harmonic Hammer-Ons – Technique

15           Hammering Single Notes – Technique

16           Groove – Maintaining Groove

17           Hammering Chords – Technique

18           Vibrato – Technique

19           Kali’s First Steps – Practice Etude

20           Kali’s First Steps – Breakdown

21           Creating Tunings – Create Your Own Tunings

22           Exploring Tunings: C2 – Step-by-Step Discovery

23           New Grass – Performance

24           Exploring Tunings: Dsus – Step-by-Step Discovery

25           Kali Dreams – Performance

26           Exploring Tunings: C-9sus4 – Step-by-Step Breakdown

27           C-9 Improv – Performance

28           Exploring Tunings: D2 – Step-by-Step Discovery

29           Let it Rain – Performance

30           Cause of You – Performance

31           Exploring Tunings: C6/9

32           Impossinova – Performance

33           Tunings Chat – Reference

34           My Gear – Guitars, strings and tuners

35           Conclusion – Have fun

 


I’ve got something very special for you out there. The course I’m going to review today is 3D Acoustic Guitar by Vicki Genfan, produced by Truefire.com. This review will be divided into four sections:

  1. Author/Lecturer
  2. Couse outline (Techniques & Songs)
  3. Target group
  4. Conclusion

 

1          Author/Lecturer

I must admit that I haven’t heard about Vicki Genfan before exploring some of Truefire’s courses on rhythm guitar. That’s something I feel pretty bad about, now that I had the chance to read about and listen to this amazing guitar player! It is difficult to describe Vicki Genfan’s playing style or genre. She’s certainly a fingerstyle guitarist, however, she draws from various musical genres and combines it in what is difficult to summarize. You certainly hear influences of Jazz, Folk, Funk, to name a few. This cocktail of genres results in an amazing player with an incredible gift for rhythm. I definitely recommend to check her out on YouTube and to visit her website (www.vickigenfan.com). She’s particularly active in terms of rhythm courses on Truefire.com.

 

2          Course Outline

The course consists of two main parts with each being subdivided into several mini chunks. Starting out with a brief introduction in which Vicki explains what to expect from the course you are going to get an impression of her playing skills in a tune called “Atomic Reshuffle”. There you can already get a hint on what to expect in the following lessons. The moment you hear the tune you are going to realize that her style is heavily influenced by percussive sounds, as well as harmonics and alternated tunings.

After this performance, she goes on and introduces you to the first main section of the course in which you will learn more about the various techniques that are required to play the upcoming tunes. Some of these techniques may be new to you or you may have used them in a different form but be sure that all these techniques form a must-know arsenal of techniques and tools that a contemporary fingerstyle guitarist, you may also call it ‘modern fingerstyle’, needs to have.

These aforementioned techniques, i.e. percussion, harmonics, etc., shall also serve you as the very spark that ignites you, puts you on fire and keeps your motivation and inspiration growing. Some of those techniques come with special etudes, i.e. studies that help you grow your technical skills in a musical way. That way you get immediately into practicing the techniques in a way that enhances your technical skills, those you will need to prove yourself when we come to the songs that are within this course.

Moving away from the pure technical part, you come to the second section that spans several important concepts of exploring your instrument: alternate (open) tunings. Following the course, you are going to get inside into the vast possibilities of alternate tunings, the new sounds that you can reach on your guitar and even a new way of economizing your picking. You will be pushed to explore new tunings, tunings that are part of your playing and that define your style.

Once you’ve finished the course you are going to find a reference chart of the open tunings that you’ve discussed during the course, giving you visual aid that will help you get started with the tunings in case you have a hard time memorizing them, say, if you are new to alternate tunings in general.

 

3          Target group

As for the techniques and tunings that form the main body of this course, you can’t expect this course to be anywhere within the range and reach of a beginner. The concepts that are introduced here go far beyond basic chords, basic rhythms and basic techniques that are related to the beginner’s stage. I would recommend this course to rather advanced players. However, if you are beyond the beginner stage, delving into intermediate material and feel you need to study a particular area, say rhythm, in depth you may lay your hands on this course but be aware that the course will be demanding. As I’ve mentioned several times by now, the content is incredibly complex, despite Vicki Genfan’s easy, accessible and highly didactic method of explaining the content of this course so that everyone can understand it. But understanding things in music and being able or even ready to play it are, in my humble opinion, two different things. So be reminded that you can grow huge with this course but may need strong willpower if you are not yet familiar with the basics of playing. On the other hand, if you are a seasoned player, you may very well draw a lot out of this course, further expand your style and learn new voicings that give you a whole new world to explore.

 

4          Conclusion

If you are on the lookout for a course that helps you get beyond the beginner stage, developing basics on the guitar, this course may not be for you. On the other hand, however, if you are someone who wants to practice his rhythmic play, by adding percussive elements to your playing, emulating a bass player, or if you are someone who is just on the search for a whole new open world to explore, given the alternate tunings you will find in this course or the various techniques that will make your playing more interesting, then this is what you’ve been looking for.

Personally, now that I’ve finished the course, I think differently about the title of this course. In the beginning, I was wondering what “3D guitar” may be. Now, having learnt so much from Vicki, I know that the beautiful instrument I dedicate so much time to, has many different aspects to it that were always there, I simply had to alter my perspective in order to find new, unexplored blank spots on the map. I wish you all the best in exploring your instrument and creating new sounds; sounds that fit your style and that are yours to use.

 

 

Lukas Wedrychowski

MeridirhProductions – ‘cause music matters

 

This course was provided by Truefire.com

Fingerstyle Revisionist: Adagio Songbook by Adrian Legg & Truefire.com

Fingerstyle Revisionist: Adagio Songbook by Adrian Legg & Truefire.com

Author:              Adrian Legg

Style:                 Acoustic Fingerstyle

Level:                Late Beginner / Intermediate

Length:             3 hr, 41 mins

Features:          Tabs/Notation as .pdf & .gp5 files

Course Link:    Fingerstyle Revisionist: Adagio Songbook

Pieces:

  1. Queenie’s Waltz
  2. Emneth
  3. Mrs. Crowe’s Blue Waltz
  4. Karen
  5. A Waltz for Leah
  6. The Irish Girl

 

This week’s review is all about the “Fingerstyle Revisionist: Adagio Songbook” by Adrian Legg and Truefire.com. Mr. Legg wasn’t known to me before the course but ever since I layed my hands on this course I started to learn more about this fascinating musician. Adrian Legg was voted “the best aocustic fingerstyle player” four years in a row between 1993 and 1996! He has shared the stage with many proclaimed artists such as Joe Satriani and Steve Vai! That actually speaks for itself and you can bet that whom you’re facing here in front of you screen in Fingerstyle Revisionist: Adagio Songbook is someone who knows his skills. My personal impression of Mr. Legg, after going through the course and listening to some live performances that are recorded on YouTube, is, that of a musician who really connects with music, with the tune and the idea behind it. This cristalizes clearly when you go through the songs.

Usually I’m going through the course, song by song, telling what you can expect from it and what techniques are included that may help you grow as a musician. However, this review will be slightly different. Technically speaking there have always been two approaches to songs:  learning new songs and studying new songs

Learning songs means you learn to play the tune, learn the form of the song/piece and slowly but surely learn to play it at the original speed and without any mistakes. However, this does exclude going deeper and studying things connected with a song that, in my humble opinion, is a very important to clearly catch the idea and the very essence of a song.

Studying songs on the other hand means doing all that but also engaging into the history of a song, learning the circumstances that formed the song to know what you are talking/playing about. You may not have a huge selection of songs in this course, however, the amount you can gain from them is huge! Once you decide to really engage into the songs and to study them in depth, you are going to make progress on a musical level.

The reason why I think it is kind of difficult to approach this review song by song is that the genre is difficult to categorize. If you check out the video at the end of this review showing the introduction to the course you will get a preview of all songs. However, in this review I will mainly focus on my impressions that I had while working my way through the sections. Let’s get started with the most obvious I had to learn when doing my homework on Adrian Legg. Let me quote Richard Chapman:

Impossible to categorize as a player. Adrian Legg incorporates virtually every genre in a virtuosic instrumental style with effects. He brought electric approaches to acoustic playing, creating a modern cross-over amalgamation int he tradition of electric folk playing that goes back to the 1960s.” (Richard Chapman, “Guitar”. 2005)

Once you decide to study a song instead of merely learning it you can gain so much out of almost any song. If you take a look at it, break it down, bit by bit, you are able to fit whole weeks of studying. You get chords, you get pattern, you get techniques such as slides, bends as well as alternate tunings.

Many of the songs in this course consist of alternate tuning to make it more accessible to play the tunes. If I were to carefully put an overall theme to the songs I would most likely say that the tunes are ballads. Although there are many songs that include “Waltz” in their names, they are not Waltzes in its original form. Most of the time the original idea, as stated by Mr. Legg during the course, started as a Waltz but later on turned into a variation. As stated above, it is extremely difficult to draw a frame around this tremendous player whom I would without a doubt call a virtuoso.

Each song consists of several parts, including an introduction, a performance at original speed as well as a breakdown into various parts explaining each building block in detail, so you are well prepared to work down the song as you progress with the course. Each piece comes with a .pdf file as well as a .gp5 file for you to either print out or play and learn on screen. There is one thing I definitely have to highlight. The pdf files are packed with valueable information about the song, how to play it and therefore fits those players very well that prefer to study songs instead of learning them.

The course overall is meant for late beginners and intermediate players. It believe that’s quite fitting since the tunes in this course aren’t particularly difficult to learn. There are many things you can draw from them that can be achieved with a basic knowledge of the guitar.

This is the second course that Adrian Legg has made so far for Truefire.com. You should definitely check out his other course as well called “Fingerstyle Revisionist: Origins“.

 

Summary

If you are a (late) beginner or intermediate player or if you are looking for a course with accessible tunes that will bring your audience onto the floor and dance while you entertain them with these melodic tunes you’ve come to the right place. In this course you will learn a lot about what makes Adrian Legg such an outstanding musician and person!

 

Lukas Wedrychowski

MeridirhProductions.com | ‘cause music matters

 

This course was kindly provided by www.TrueFire.com

You can find the course following this link: Fingerstyle Revisionist: Adagio Songbook