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Complete Flatpicking Book

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Level: Beginner through Advanced

This comprehensive study of contemporary flatpicking guitar technique presents numerous solos for the beginning through advanced flatpicking guitarist along with tips on creating your own flatpicking arrangements. The book addresses the tablature system, tuning, right and left-hand technique, use of the capo and the microphone, transposing using the Nashville numbering system, bluegrass back-up, arranging flatpicking solos and instrumentals. If you're into country or bluegrass music, or if you just want to develop outstanding flatpicking technique, this book is for you. Written in standard notation and tablature. The stereo play-along CD features Steve Kaufman's rousing performance of each flatpicking solo! Also includes a DVD containing some of the solos and techniques presented in the book.

You'll learn:
Hammer ons, Pull offs
Amazing Grace
Tom Dooley
Bury Me Beneath The Willow
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Way Down Town
Flatt runs
Bluegrass Boogie
Devil's Dream
Sailor's Hornpipe
Liberty
Old Joe Clark
Bully Of The Town
Done Gone
High Dad In The Morning
Black Mountain Rag
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
Brown's Ferry Blues
Salt Creek
Billy In The Low Ground
Temperance Reel
The 8th Of January
Cattle In The Cane
Red Haired Boy
Dill Pickle Rag
Flop Eared Mule
St. Anne's Reel
and more.

Reviews: Steve Kaufman has a very large catalog of books in print across several publishers, and since some of these books are fairly expensive it is a bit daunting to find what fits your needs. Good thing is that his books are excellent, though they do serve different purposes and audiences. I think this book is a particularly good one for anyone from beginner to advanced intermediate looking to pick up classic bluegrass flatpicking technique. Steve starts out with some basic "toolbox" topics such as accompaniment etc. and moves into the nuts and bolts of creating arrangements and solos using numerous examples that are highly musical and fun to play, based on classic tunes from the bluegrass repetoire. Two things make this book really stand out, however - one is the DVD that is included. Being able to watch Steve execute even basic stuff really adds value to the package. The other is the section of the book on "Flatpickers who Influenced the Flatpickers", where Steve includes versions of classic tunes as executed by Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and others. These are terrific as stylistic examples and provide some really fun additions to repetoire - jack up the tempos and they are pretty challenging for even an advanced intermediate player. Overall, this is a "best value" book from a prolific author, highly recommended. Anonomous in Toronto Canada

 

I have a lot of students who like this book once they are through the first month or so of basic playing. You'll learn chords, single line flatpicking solos, accompaniments, Carter style, Flatt runs and a whole lot more. What more could you want for general guitar playing. Well if you do want more in the bluegrass flatpicking style, Steve Kaufman has an huge array of materials to help you. If you're looking to learn Flatpicking style and you like bluegrass then Steve is a good guy to go with as you teach yourself through his books and DVDs. It will take you years to get through them all.
Chris Downing - Chippenham, Wilts England

 

Complete Flatpicking Book

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