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50 Right Hand Techniques You Must Know by Muriel Anderson and Truefire.com

50 Right Hand Techniques You Must Know by Muriel Anderson and Truefire.com

 

Author:             Muriel Anderson

Genre:              Acoustic / Universal

Style:                Fingerstyle / Universal

Level:                Beginner / Late Beginner / Intermediate / Late Intermediate / Advanced

Features:          Tabs (.pdf) & GP5 files

Lessons:          53 Videos (incl. introduction & conclusion) | 150 Minutes

 

 

Have you ever wanted a compendium of right hand techniques for your guitar? Have you ever faced the question which technique to practice next? If the answer is yes then do not stop reading since I have got a course for you that might easily answer all your questions.

50 Right Hand Techniques You Must Know by Muriel Anderson, published by Truefire.com, is a collection of no less than fifty techniques you can use with your right hand. No matter if you are into Blues, into Jazz, Folk, Funk, etc. here in this course you’ve got all you need to further refurnish your fingerpicking technique on the guitar.

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Many styles share common techniques, such as palm muting, harmonics, percussion and tapping. With that being said, in this course you are going to learn something universal; something that you can apply over various musical styles, stunning your audience with techniques that not only look great but also give your playing a distinctive touch!

If you are a songwriter you may consider implementing some of these techniques into your songs to make them more challenging or more fun to play. Who knows, maybe you can use these techniques as inspirations to create own techniques, own variations that you will be known for.

With all that summarizing the course per se, what can you actually expect from the course? Well, let me provide you with an answer to it: Over the course of 50 lessons, you are going to be introduced to a particular technique, with a high-quality video in which the lecturer, in this case Muriel Anderson, explains, illustrates and breaks down the technique.

You are not only going to receive visual input, but also auditory! Listening to how the technique should sound like and watch Muriel playing it almost simulates a 1on1 session with an instructor.

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Do not forget that whatever the technique might be that you are learning, you are still required to put effort into it and practice the technique. Some of the techniques in this course, such as hand position, thumb position and palm muting, are very basic, very simple and should belong to everyone’s repertoire of right hand techniques. However, if you are into Flamenco and all the Spanish guitar styles you are certainly familiar with the different types of strokes that exist; i.e. Rasgueado.

The courses are clear cut and well structured. In my opinion, they partially even increase in difficulty which is great if you want to challenge you with each lesson. However, the only drawback I see with them is that there is no additional material for the viewer to practice. So what you have got here is literally a course that introduces you and shows and explains you the various right hand techniques that exist, rather than a workshop in which you are encouraged to further practice your newly acquired skills.

On the other side, considering what this course contains, you are most likely to be busy for a very long time, no matter how long the videos are. Those techniques are, not by chance, considered the very fundamentals of right hand techniques and you are well advised to spend some time and work on them. It will be beneficial; not just for you, giving you the feeling of accomplishment, but also for your audience, who will be bound to your playing and admire the techniques and sounds that you are able to create thanks to your finely forged technique.

I feel really good about this course; there is something for all types of players as well as all levels of players. You get clear cut video instructions to practice the learnt techniques at home. I, for my part, am happy that I was able to have a look at this course and I would definitely recommend it to my students! Well done Muriel Anderson and definitely well done Truefire.com for providing such an important toolbox for each single guitarist out there!

 

Lukas Wedrychowski

MeridirhProductions – ‘cause music matters

 

This DVD was provided by Truefire.com

#Let’s Review | Essentials: Chet Atkins Style by Muriel Anderson and Truefire.com

Essentials: Chet Atkins Style by Muriel Anderson and Truefire.com

 

Author:         Muriel Anderson

Genre:           Acoustic

Style:             Fingerstyle

Level:            Late Beginner / Intermediate

Features:      Tabs (.pdf) & GP5 files

Lessons:      33 Videos (incl. introduction & conclusion) | 127 Minutes

1 – Essentials: Chet Atkins Style  (Introduction)

2 – Some Notes About Chet (Overview)

3 – Maybellish (Overview)

4 – Maybellish (Performance)

5 – Maybellish (Breakdown)

6 – Nashville Hammer (Overview)

7 – Nashville Hammer (Performance)

8 – Nashville Hammer (Breakdown)

9 – Love to Pick (Overview)

10 – Love to Pick (Peformance)

11 – Love to Pick (Breakdown)

12 – Doh’tcha Know (Overview)

13 – Doh’tcha Know (Performance)

14 – Doh’tcha Know (Breakdown)

15 – Waiting on the Weather (Overview)

16 – Waiting on the Weather (Performance)

17 – Waiting on the Weather (Breakdown)

18 – Jo Bangles (Overview)

19 – Jo Bangles (Performance)

20 – Jo Bangles (Breakdown)

21 – Rolling Hills (Overview)

22 – Rolling Hills (Performance)

23 – Rolling Hills (Breakdown

24 – Chet’s Train (Overview)

25 – Chet’s Train (Performance)

26 – Chet’s Train (Breakdown)

27 – Mr. Chester (Overview)

28 – Mr. Chester (Performance)

29 – Mr. Chester (Breakdown)

30 – A Fine Pickle (Overview)

31 – A Fine Pickle (Performance)

32 – A Fine Pickle (Breakdown)

33 – Essentials: Chet Atkins Style (Conclusion)

 

 

Essentials: Chet Atkins Style is part of the essentials series on Truefire.com. It’s considered to be a sum up on what may be considered crucial on a particular topic. In typical Truefire fashion you’re going to literally play yourself through the material, applying what you’ve just learnt to ten pieces that are designed to showcase essential techniques that can be seen as trademarks of Chet Atkins. Chet Atkins is one of the most influential players and one that had an impact on most fingerstyle players nowadays. Some of his key signatures, such as the electric guitar or the thumb pick were, among others, true to the sound he was recognized for and associated with.

In this course, you are going to get to know this amazing artist with the help of Muriel Anderson, who has some of the finest fingerstyle courses on Truefire. I always enjoy her clear explanations as well as proper technique. She clearly understands to break down complex material so that it becomes more approachable and accessible for players of varying levels.

Since this course is dedicated to players who have just passed the beginner stage and head towards the intermediate level you can expect a lot of detailed work in it. This course is aimed at players who have just nailed the basics of music theory and basic fingerstyle techniques to now delve deeper into the style of Chet Atkins.

The tunes in this course increase in difficulty the more you progress. You start out with Maybellish in which you underline your play with a very basic bass-chord accompaniment. The next on the list, Nashville Hammer, already goes a step further and introduces an alternating bass which helps you to grow your thumb independence, an essential skill among fingerstyle players.

Nashville Hammer

1.: Muriel Anderson in action on Nashville Hammer

However, there are also more difficult ones in there to put your skills to a test. One of those is Anderson’s own tune, Mr. Chester, in which you implement some of the techniques that you’ve been already introduced to by now following the curriculum of the course. Beside those you also get to know, “a chord form, that you see Chet using all the time. This little three finger chord.” (Muriel Anderson)

3 Finger Chord Form

1.: Three Finger Chord Shape Typical for Chet Atkin’s Play

I very much enjoyed this course, not only because I’ve been listening to Chet Atkins recordings as well as interviews about this fascinating and inspiring personality. Muriel Anderson certainly did him justice by covering essentials of his playing style, one that affected so many players who now play the wonderful style of fingerstyle guitar!

The course covers more than two hours of video footage as well as all ten tunes in tab and .pdf format, as always in high quality, as known from Truefire.com. That way you get enough possibilities to not only learn the pieces but also to further analyse it in order to enhance and widen your musical knowledge. I always loved the courses on Truefire since they allow you to literally play throughout the whole course, enjoying what you learn in a musical way.

If you are into fingerstyle it is almost guaranteed that you’ll draw a lot out of this course but Chet Atkins was more than just a fingerstyle player… he was inspirational and charismatic and that’s what he showed with his music. I really hope you may find this course useful the way I did and that you may also find your own sound.

Lukas Wedrychowski

Meridirh Productions – ‘cause music matters

#Let’s Review | 30 Beginner Fingerstyle Blues Licks You Must by David Hamburger and Truefire.com

30 Beginner Fingerstyle Blues Licks You Must by David Hamburger and Truefire.com

 

Author:          David Hamburger

Genre:            Blues

Style:              Fingerstyle Blues

Level:             Beginner / Late Beginner

Features:        Tabs (.pdf) & GP5 files

Lessons:         32 Videos (incl. introduction & conclusion) | 134 Minutes

Lick 1 – Going Down

Lick 2 – Are You With Me?

Lick 3 – Hammerhead

Lick 4 – The Pickup

Lick 5 – The Long and Short of It

Lick 6 – Flat Five

Lick 7 – Triple Lightnin’

Lick 8 – After the Fact

Lick 9 – Pull Yourself Together

Lick 10 – Train Vamp

Lick 11 – Brush Up Your Hopkins

Lick 12 – The Long Hello

Lick 13 – Half Stepping

Lick 14 – Whole Lotta Bob

Lick 15 – Barrelhouse

Lick 16 – The Third is the Word

Lick 17 – The Ninth Circuit

Lick 18 – Big Anticipation

Lick 19 – Delta D

Lick 20 – Little Root

Lick 21 – Chromatic Walkup

Lick 22 – Purple Phrase

Lick 23 – Extra Five

Lick 24 – Old School

Lick 25 – Ornamental

Lick 26 – Train Licks and Triplets

Lick 27 – Walkin’

Lick 28 – Dirty Rivers

Lick 29 – One Size Fits All

Lick 30 – Unknown Richard

 

David Hamburger is one of the predominant figures on Truefire.com who is associated with Fingerstyle Blues. No wonder, with him being an award-winning author for Acoustic Guitar Methods “Beginning Blues Guitar” as well as “The Acoustic Guitar Method” and an experienced teacher and player! I first came across David’s courses on Truefire when I was wondering on how to best pick up Fingerstyle Blues. I’ve always been a fan of playing all together, being in control of everything that happens in a musical context and Fingerstyle just suited me the most. The first course from David that I had encountered had been “Fingerstyle Blues Factory” one that I can highly recommend as well and that will be part of a future review for sure. What hooked me about David was his highly didactic teaching style, not only explaining the quintessence of what he is supposed to teach in a particular course but also embellishing it with his vast knowledge of music in general, the general historical side of it as well as his own experience but in particular about the Blues. To me, David Hamburger seems to be a man that has lived the Blues his entire life! If you’ve also got infected by it, then read on.

30 Beginner Fingerstyle Blues Licks you MUST know” is part of a series focusing on essentials of a particular style, packed within licks with the aim to both, increase your musical vocabulary on the instrument and sparking your inspiration by giving you something along the way that you can work on and use in your everyday practice.

30 selected licks that suit the beginning fingerstyle or beginning Blues player in such, as they incorporate various basics that are essential to playing this very style. The great thing about this course is, that it accompanies smoothly David’s other courses on Truefire.com that are dedicated to beginning fingerstyle Blues players. You can see it as an etude course that gives you even more material to practice the concepts that are taught in the other courses (Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 1 and Fingerstyle Blues Handbook 2).

Going through all those 30 licks would consume too much space and would probably take the excitement out of it so I am going to stick to some personal preferences that I found particularly interesting for beginners that would both enhance the motivation to keep digging into Fingerstyle Blues by providing easy-to-accomplish building blocks that are immediately usable in your own music.

Starting with basic techniques, you can’t but to start from simple to more complex. In Fingerstyle, the thumb independence is crucial and that’s why the first lick Going Down includes a steady bass line while descending an Em pentatonic scale. That way you are able to keep a constant motion of your thumb going over a contrasting movement of the melody lines in form of the pentatonic scale, one that is often used as the very first scale that beginners learn in order to learn the basics of soloing. Of course, the pentatonic scale offers more than is included in this lick but it’s a very good starter to teach you how to build up muscle memory and grow from there on.

In Hammerhead you learn a lick that focuses on the typical bluesy hammer-on. That’s actually an interesting one because you’ll have to focus on the correct feeling and groove while performing the hammer-on to make it sound bluesy. Once performed right you’re packed with a lick that is as characteristic as a Blues lick can possibly be.

The great thing about this course and David Hamburger is that you are not only learning the techniques, but as I’ve already mentioned beforehand, learning about the important stuff that goes along with it and that surrounds the technical knowledge that you’re about to get taught. If we put lick #7 – Triple Lightnin’ –  into perspective this does mean learning a typical triplet pattern that, paired with a minor pentatonic scale, let’s you be immediately associated with blues. However, it isn’t just about the lick, here you also get introduced to the style of Lightnin’ Hopkins, something whom you, should you not have already listened to him, should definitely check out!

As a beginner, it can sometimes be quite difficult to produce and get the tone that you really want in order to sound like a Blues player. However, in Train Vamp you’re about to get a lick that will serve you as a good study at the same time in order to master the quarter-tone or quarter-step bend that actually “is a band that raises a note only half as far as a half-step or one-fret-band” (David Hamburger). This does mean that it’s in between two frets and something that, without any other aids, isn’t manageable without a bend. The tricky thing here lies within the quality of the tone. You want to play it as smoothly as possible, not marking any transitioning within the bend. This may take some time but once accomplished, is going to give you something to work with for the rest of your career.

To sum this review up I really have to give credits to David for his, one again, great course that is clear-cut, well-defined and explained but also packed with all the information and little hints that boosts the motivation of an aspiring guitar player. I really enjoyed going through those 30 licks and it took me quite some time to decide which licks to choose for this review that suit the audience of this course as well as more experienced players who want to delve deeper into the blues, be it electrical or fingerstyle.

In typical Truefire fashion, this course comes with the notation being tabbed out and Guitar Pro files. The total rundown of this course is a bit more than two hours but what you get drag out of it is most likely going to last for way longer than just these hours. I hope this course is going to inspire you as much as it did inspire me and that you are going to have fun with these 30 beginner fingerstyle blues licks you really MUST know.

 

 

Lukas Wedrychowski

Meridirh Productions – ‘cause music matters

#Let’s Review | Soleares Flamenco Guidebook by John Fillmore and Truefire.com

Soleares Flamenco Guidebook by John Fillmore and Truefire.com

Author:          John Fillmore

Genre:            Flamenco

Style:              Acoustic Fingerstyle/Flamenco

Level:             Intermediate / Late Intermediate

Features:        Tabs (.pdf) & GP5 files

Lessons: 29 Videos (incl. introduction & conclusion) | 72 Minutes

  1. Soleares
  2. Half Compás
  3. Solo Flamenco Guitar
  4. Technique and Posture
  5. Pulgar
  6. Alzapua
  7. Rasgueado
  8. Picado
  9. Apregio
  10. Tremolo
  11. Golpes
  12. Ligados
  13. Flamenco Solo Piece (Elements)
  14. Intro Soleá
  15. Falseta 1
  16. Compás
  17. Falseta 2
  18. Falseta 3
  19. Quejillo
  20. Escobillas
  21. Combination Falseta
  22. Tremolo Falseta
  23. Llamada
  24. Popular Falseta
  25. Falseta Alzapua
  26. Cierre
  27. Complete Soleares

Flamenco has always been a style that attracted people from all around the globe. If you are among those who have always wanted to get started in Flamenco guitar, learning about the style as such as well as developing your basics techniques that will be your bread and butter skills while developing a sense for this style, then I’m inviting to go ahead and read this review on Truefire.com‘s Soleares Flamenco Guidebook.

Your instructor, John Fillmore, began to play the style of Flamenco in the tender age of 12, performing with a Flamenco dance group at the age of 14. During his career, Mr. Fillmore moved to Cordoba (Spain) to study at the Centro Flamenco and later to Rotterdam, becoming the first graduate teacher and performer of the Flamenco guitar.

So, what does this course look like? This course’s structure is technically following the approach “learning by doing”. This means that you are, in typical Truefire-fashion, playing your way through the course because you’re given an aim to work towards to. The goal of this course is to teach you the basic techniques of Flamenco guitar, the infamous techniques known as pulgar, alzapua, rasgueado, tremolo, to name just a few, but at the same time work towards a completed piece. Many methods, be it basic instrument methods or style methods, teach you the techniques but miss on utilizing them so that you can apply what you’ve just learnt. With this course’s structure and way of teaching you are going to implement what you have just learnt on a true Flamenco piece. You’re given instruction to practice a complete Soleares, a piece which’s style is said to be the mother of all Flamenco forms. That way you can take a piece – that by the way sounds amazing – and practice something you can perform in front of others but also your technique. I really like this approach that is a trademark of Truefire.com courses.

Once you’ve nailed the basic techniques which, even for long-time fingerstyle guitarists, may still be challenging due to the interesting voicing that you need to achieve, controlling the compás (rhythm) as well as the different thumb techniques required to induce the flair of Soleares that will pin your audience to your playing, you are ready to learn the individual parts of the piece. You start out with an introduction to the basic elements, moving on to the soleá, the falsetas, escobillas, llamada as well as cierra and remate to finally close out your piece. Each of those elements is part of traditional flamenco music in which you will learn how those pieces are divided and what essential part the guitar is playing in it.

Then you are finally able to play what might very well be your first Flamenco piece, incorporating the techniques that you’ve gathered throughout the course and which you can perfect while practicing the Soleares.

The course comes with 19 .pdf-charts, including the notation in mixed tab and classical form. You get those .pdf files for both the small etudes that introduce the various techniques as well as the full notation for the complete piece that you’ve learnt. For those of you who prefer to work with GuitarPro, you also receive .gp5 files that you can open on your computer, print it out or alter in a way you want that accompanies your playing/practicing.

The quality of the video and audio footage is top-notch as known from Truefire.com. I’m really looking forward seeing more Flamenco courses coming up on Truefire.com as I know from the comment section that this is one of the most requested styles. This doesn’t come as a surprise since this course is widely regarded as something mythical, something that touches the very soul of the people that are listening to it and make them connect.

Well done Mr. Fillmore. I highly recommend your Soleares Flamenco Guidebook by Truefire.com.

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