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:
- Couse outline (Techniques & Songs)
- Target group
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.
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.
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This course was provided by Truefire.com