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Alex de Grassi - Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar

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    Accents

    In this first video, Alex de Grassi welcomes you to the course and discusses how accents bring out key melodic and rhythmic notes in the music. He shows you some examples of accents.

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    Cross String Picking

    Alex explores cross string picking, and shows how they it is used to play melodies, scales, and rhythmic patterns.

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    Dynamics

    In this video, Alex shows how controlling the volume can make the music three dimensional.

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    Glissandos & Slides

    Alex shows how to change the rhythmic character and feel using Glissandos & Slides.

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    Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs

    Alex demonstrates the two techniques, Hammer-Ons & Pull-Offs.

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    Polyrhythms & Cross Rhythms

    In this video, Alex demonstrates the use of cross rhythms and polyrythms, and how they are used.

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    String Stopping: Picking Hand

    Alex shows how to control the duration of notes using your picking hand.

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    String Stopping: Fret Hand

    In this video, Alex shows how to control the duration of notes using your fret hand.

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    Timbre: Contrasting Tone With Color

    Alex discusses using bright and dark colrs to contrast the tone.

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    Tone Production: Fingers

    Alex shows how to use the picking hand, specifically the fingers, to produce tone.

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    Tone Production: Thumb

    In this video, Alex shows how to use the thumb to pick and produce tone.

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    Vibrato & Pitch Modulation

    In this final video, Alex discusses the vibrato and pitch modulation techniques.

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In this Hal Leonard video tutorial series, Grammy nominee Alex de Grassi, who is often cited as one of the world's top fingerstyle, steel-string guitarists, brings a unique voice to the art of acoustic guitar with his evocative compositions and arrangements, a highly orchestrated sound, and sheer virtuosity.

This video tutorial series features a dozen lessons on acoustic guitar tone and technique, taught by a true fingerstyle master. Topics covered include: accents, cross string picking, dynamics, glissandos and slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs, polyrhythms and cross rhythms, string stopping, timbre, tone production, vibrato and pitch modulation, and more!

If you play acoustic guitar this video series is a must watch.


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Alex de Grassi was born in Japan, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He switched from trumpet to guitar at the age of 13 and immersed himself in American and British folk and blues traditions, eventually studying jazz and classical guitar. Since then he has become widely acclaimed as a leading innovator and virtuoso of acoustic guitar, fusing a variety of guitar traditions into a highly orchestrated sound. The Wall Street Journal has called his playing “flawless” and Billboard hails his “intricate finger-picking technique with an uncanny gift for melodic invention."  
 
Alex’s thirty years of international touring include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Montreux Jazz Festival and numerous guitar festivals.  Alex has been commissioned by Acoustic Guitar Magazine to compose a concerto for steel-string guitar and string orchestra, and twice by the New York Guitar Festival to score for their Silent Films/Live Guitars series.
 
The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method is rapidly emerging as the authoritative method for fingerstyle guitar instruction.

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    Alex de Grassi - Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar

    In this Hal Leonard video tutorial series, Grammy nominee Alex de Grassi, who is often cited as one of the world's top fingerstyle, steel-string guitarists, brings a unique voice to the art of acoustic guitar with his evocative compositions and arrangements, a highly orchestrated sound, and sheer virtuosity.

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