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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Submitted 9 months ago
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.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer
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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