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Beyond Basics: Fingerstyle Guitar, Book & CD (Beyond Basics (Paperback)) Paperback – June 1, 1998
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One of America's premier fingerstyle guitarists introduces the exciting world of fingerpicking. After a quick review of open-position chords and proper right-hand position, Mark teaches picking with the thumb and three fingers. He covers the famous 'Travis' alternating thumb pattern as well as some great chord moves. Tab booklet included. (70 min.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I've only been working with this book a short while, and have finished learning the "Canyon Canon" which sounds really good but which I found pretty easy to play with daily practice. If you are learning acoustic guitar, you will want to start off with simple pieces so that you build your confidence. The beauty of this book is that as you progress, you will probably drop most of the easy tunes you start with, but these pieces by Mark Hanson will more than likely stay in your repertoire.
I am making fairly quick progress and enjoying it. I find that I can convert the finger style to strumming by using the same chord structures to make it easier to learn the lesson songs.
I look forward to completing this book and moving on the the Travis Finger Picking book which goes into more detail.
I've had about a year of guitar lessons, but none on fingerpicking - so I credit this book for getting me going. It's a nice progression from some very exercises to help with your finger placement and coordination into more complex patterns that are usable in songs.
If you're a strummer and want to learn how to fingerpick, this is a great book. Give it a month of solid practice time and you'll have some usable patterns that make you happy.