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Mastering Thumbpicking with Richard Smith

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7 Videos | Length: 2hr 6min 12sec
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  • Chapter 1 7:27

    Chapter 1

    Richard Plays gives the first thumbpicking demonstration and welcomes us to the series.

  • Chapter 2 5:09

    Chapter 2

    Richard dives into "Happy Blues" and goes through the different techniques you'll need to learn for this song.

  • Chapter 3 12:45

    Chapter 3

    In this video, Richard slows down "Happy Blues" and shows us the different parts and how he performs them.

  • Chapter 4 17:22

    Chapter 4

    Moving Forward, Richard shows us "Warm and Windy" and goes through some of the essential picking techniques he uses for the different sections.

  • Chapter 5 12:24

    Chapter 5

    In this video, Richard plays us "Farewell my Blue Bell" before diving into some instructions on how to play it.

  • Chapter 6 23:04

    Chapter 6

    Continuing on "Farewell my Bluebell", Richard goes step by step through the different sections and techniques.

  • Chapter 7 48:01

    Chapter 7

    Richard shows us "Struttin'" by Jerry Reed, one of his own favorites, and goes over some of Jerry's rich history before showing you the different parts. Richard then shares some final advice about guitars, fingernail care and a few tips for the road. Before he ends, Richard gives one last demonstration.

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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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