Best DVD for learning blues fingerpicking

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  1. es3456

    es3456 Member

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    Can you please recommend a DVD for learning traditional blues fingerpicking.
    I need to get my thumb working independently. Thanks
     
  2. Zero G

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    I don't know of any DVD's, but if you learn Dust In The Wind by Kansas, that'll get your Travis fingerpicking up to speed, and then it'll be easy to come up with variations for blues, folk, or whatever...It's not all that complicated. You just have to get your thumb and fingers used to the motions by repeating them over and over again to develop your finger memory.
     
  3. Elektrik_SIxx

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    www.homespuntapes.com and guitarvideos.com

    On both sites check the level 1-2 offerings from Happy Traum and Stefan Grossman respectively.

    These are the best you can find.
     
  4. alvin

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    I believe you!
    It was long time ago when I started playing and that is one of the music that helped me play comfortably with other finger picking music. :)
     
  5. BarkingTree

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    Theres to great books with CD backing tracks...slow fast..examples and
    all tab..that are just great for this I just picked them up through Amazon,
    highly recommended for
    Travis style-The Art of Contemporary Travis picking Mark Hanson

    Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar / Arnie Berle and Mark Galbo.

    These will have you broken in
    and head spinning in no time.

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  6. Elektrik_SIxx

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    +1 on Mark Hansen as well as Dust In The Wind.
    But the OP asked for BLUES fingerpicking specifically to get his thumb independance going. In that respect Grossman and Traum are the premier instructors (as well as some of their staffmembers).
     
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    Try these David Hamburger lessons on Truefire, here's a link to Part-1 covering steady bass and there's a Part 2 on there also that covers alternating bass. He walks you right through it from the ground up.

    http://truefire.com/fsbhandbook/handbook.html

    Click the "See This Now" link to check out the samples, there's plenty there to get you going...

    Mark
     
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  9. es3456

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    Thanks for all the great tips !
     
  10. mungocherry33

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    +1 as to Grossman et, al., Traum et. al. at Homespun including Jorma:

    http://www.elderly.com/videos/items/300-DVD115SET.htm

    Having said that, I have some Grossman, Traum, and Duck Baker VHS tapes that I'll sell for cheap, and you can always copy to DVD, thereby saving some $. PM me if your interested. Also one by Kenny Sultan called simply "Acoustic Blues Guitar" I have enough material to get as deep as you wish to go. 10-12 tapes at least.

    The Kenny Sultan tape may be available at Elderly as a DVD, and I think that it is a decent one to start with.

    Greg
     

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