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Mastering Thumbpicking with Richard Smith

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    Chapter 3 (12:45)


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    Chapter 5 (12:24)


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Virtuoso Pieces in the Styles of Doc, Merle, Chet and Jerry! "If you like my playing, you should hear Richard Smith! The world champion!" -- Tommy Emmanuel.

On this technique-intensive Homespun video tutorial, Richard makes some of his most dazzling arrangements accessible to aspiring pickers.

After a brief training session to help you develop independent thumb and fingers, Richard launches into his "Happy Blues," an exciting array of creative variations on the standard 12-bar progression.

Richard's version of "Windy & Warm," made famous by Doc Watson and Chet Atkins, builds unique variations based on moving chord shapes and bass lines. The beautiful Travis-style thumbpicking standard, "Farewell My Bluebell," follows and, with added licks and variations, turn this classic tune into a powerful piece.

Finally, "Struttin" by Jerry Reed, in dropped D, makes for a challenging showstopper, a complex ragtime-like tune with a variety of picking techniques, stride piano-style bass lines and jazzy chords. Jerry was one of Richard's main influences and he does his master justice in teaching this dynamic tune.


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PeterCtunes
Submitted 11 months ago

Quite helpful

Quite helpful. I liked Richard's manner and approach. That said I felt at times he could have focused more on the thumb-picking and made what he was doing even clearer. Sometimes in the middle of the tune he gives various options. I think it would be better to give one way and at the end give variations. I found stopping and saying, "you could do this..., or this ..." a little frustrating. Overall it was one of the better Homespun videos I have seen.

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Dustin DeWynn
Submitted 2 years ago

Great, but video is squashed

Doesn't detract from the content, but would be more of a pleasure to watch in the correct aspect ratio.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches. Now a seasoned performer in his forties with thousands of performances worldwide to his credit, Richard has become renowned worldwide for his mastery of instrument and for his knock-out entertaining shows.

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Mastering Thumbpicking with Richard Smith is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Quite helpful Quite helpful. I liked Richard's manner and approach. That said I felt at times he could have focused more on the thumb-picking and made what he was doing even clearer. Sometimes in the middle of the tune he gives various options. I think it would be better to give one way and at the end give variations. I found stopping and saying, "you could do this..., or this ..." a little frustrating. Overall it was one of the better Homespun videos I have seen.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great, but video is squashed Doesn't detract from the content, but would be more of a pleasure to watch in the correct aspect ratio.
Date published: 2016-10-17
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