Steve Kaufman has done it again! He has recorded a new series of lessons for bluegrass flatpickers, this time covering a dazzling set of challenging and beautiful swing tunes. These are standards that Steve feels are essential repertoire for every aspiring swing guitarist.
As he has done in the past, Steve has constructed these lessons according to his unique method: A beginner's version in which he teaches the basic melody; an intermediate arrangement that will give your playing a solid grounding; and finally a full-blown solo that any swing guitarist would be proud to perform.
As Steve says in his introduction, "This instructional package will help do several things. It will teach you better right hand picking control, help you tighten your timing and add songs to your repertoire. It will also show you how a flatpicker tackles songs with chord changes that are as standard to a swing player as a three chord progression is to a bluegrass flatpicker."
As an extra training tool, special backup tracks feature Steve's band swinging the rhythm in the right speaker while the lead is heard playing in the left. This will make for productive and exciting practice sessions. Once you have learned the tune at any of the three levels, these backup tracks will get you ready for jamming with other players.
Here are the great tunes you'll soon be playing: After You've Gone, Back Home Again in Indiana, Blue Moon, Danny Boy, Georgia on My Mind, Honeysuckle Rose, I Got Rhythm, Kansas City Kitty, Lady Be Good, Lime House Blues, Little Rock Getaway, Minor Swing, Miss Molly, Panhandle Rag, It's Only a Paper Moon, Remington's Ride, Over the Rainbow, Sugar Foot Rag, Summertime, The Sunny Side of the Street.
A Review from a purchaser: "This instructional packet is mind blowing. Book, 6 cd's, and tab. The songs are absolutely amazing. This is probably the best instructional material I own. Steve Kaufman is an extraordinary player and teacher. In my experience, there is not a better teacher out there. The songs are swing tunes arranged for flatpick guitar. There are 3 versions of each song, ranging from easy to advanced. You will learn new songs and improve your technique/playing. This honestly deserves 10 stars."
I attended your workshop in Avon, NC in January.
I purchased "Bluegrass Guitar Solos Vol 3" while I was there. Initially I thought the price was a bit steep. However, when I compare it to the price of lessons ($40/week) and the fact that it takes me about a week to really learn one of the intermediate arrangements, it's a real bargain!
I gave up my lessons soon after the workshop, and have been using your material exclusively.
While I doubt I'll ever be a performer, the sense of accomplishment that I feel when I am able to play a new arrangement is immeasurable.
Thank you for producing all this great learning material.