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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

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

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    Chapter 2

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

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    Chapter 3

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

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    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.

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    Chapter 5

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

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    Chapter 6

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

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    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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Mastering Thumbpicking with Richard Smith is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 4 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great stuff. This was a lovely series. Richard is a delightful presenter, his love for the instrument comes across here and he plays it well. Great stuff.
Date published: 2021-01-05
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great help It have been a learning experience
Date published: 2020-11-02
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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