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Lesson 20 – Pink Anderson’s Every Day in the Week Blues

Every Day in the Week Blues is a classic Pink Anderson song which can be found on Pink Anderson: Vol. 1 Carolina Bluesman and the album this version comes from, the great Gospel Blues & Street Songs album which features the songs of both Pink Anderson and Reverend Gary Davis. This is an energetic song […]

Lesson 19 – Jingle Bell Blues

It’s not even Halloween yet, so you must be wondering, ‘Where have you been with the lessons?’ and, ‘Why the hell a Fingerstyle Christmas song?’ Jingle Bell Blues.

Lesson #18 – Cold Beer, Fingerstyle Fundamentals Wrap-up

At this point you should have a pretty good idea of how to develop your fingerpicking skills, applying and identifying chord shapes and finger patterns, and thumb independence.

Lesson #17 – Freight Train Exercise

This is another simple yet strong, beautiful melody. This time we’re playing in the key of C. The song was originally penned by Elizabeth Cotton when she was twelve years old around the year 1900, and has gone on to be recorded countless times by various artists.

Lesson 16 – Nine Pound Hacksaw

this is a new arrangement of the classic ‘Nine Pound Hammer’ based on Merle Travis’s version and played in the key of E.

Lesson 15 – The Caravan Exercise

The song Caravan was written by Juan Tizol and recorded by Duke Ellington in 1937. Since then has been performed by thousands of artists in styles ranging from jazz to bluegrass, surf to rap, and everything in between.

Lesson 11 – Finger Patterns (Part Two)

Make sure you’re comfortable playing the previous patterns before continuing. Good, now it’s starting to get interesting. This next pattern is a variation on the first; you’ll notice there are a couple extra notes. We’ll continue to call the patterns E & A for now. Follow the procedure you used in part one to learn these.

Lesson 10 – Finger Patterns (Part One)

This first pattern is demonstrated on the E major and A major chords, but as you’ll see it can be used over any chord combinations.

Lesson 9 – Demystifying Tablature

When you first look at a piece of tablature, especially for fingerstyle, at first glance it looks like an impossible number of random notes that you somehow have to figure out a way to memorize.

Lesson 8 – The Main Elements of Picking

Fingerpicking is not easy, it takes time and work to establish a solid technique. With that said, it’s also not as mystifying as it might first appear