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Introduction to Thumbstyle Guitar

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Thumbstyle guitar is a term that describes the guitar playing style that grew up around 1920 in western Kentucky. It is identified with the music of its most well known creators, Mose Rager, Kennedy Jones and Merle Travis. It became the basis for later styles of country guitar, including those of Chet Atkins, Doc Watson and Jerry Reed. In this lesson Pat Kirtley teaches the basics of this style, and shows you how to play five repertoire-building tunes which will illustrate various aspects of the style. The tunes range from the basic and essential, I Am a Pilgrim, to a contemporary thumbstyle arrangement of the 1970 country hit, Ready for the Times to Get Better. Pat also shows you: the basic right-hand concepts of thumbpicking; how to use the thumbpick; right-hand palm muting using the left-hand thumb for holding chords; differences in the styles of Mose Rager, Merle Tracis and Chet Atkins; how to play up the neck chords in the style of Mose Rager; Chord form variations used by thumbstyle players. Includes a 24-page tab/music booklet.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Pat Kirtley
  • Directors: Pat Kirtley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Grossman Guitar Workshop
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00062IZWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,373 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Pat is a master for Irish/Celtic guitars and his thumbstyle playings are very unique. In this DVD, he teaches songs that are well-known to fans of Chet Atkins, Doc Watson or Merle Travis. The way he teaches is not bad, but he doesn't teach you the songs step-by-step in great detail. I wish he would emphasizes a method or a way to learn to fingerpick with any type of song. If you don't know anything about guitars, you have no idea what's going on. I guess what I'm trying to say is, he'll teach you to play songs his ways, and not really get you to learn to play those songs or thumbstyle in length. If you can learn from what you watch, then you'll learn something from this DVD. Otherwise, it's a waste of time and money.
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Ordered twice and each time the detailed 44 tab page tab/music booklet (as listed on the back cover of the DVD box) was MISSING!! The vendor obviously has an issue with the inventory of this item and is either unaware or simply doesn't care - buyer beware!!
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