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Old 01-16-2019, 05:49 PM
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Default Best intermediate fingerstyle learning

Hello everyone.

I am mostly self-taught. Iíve been playing for around 30 years. I play acoustic only. Some basic finger style and rhythm guitar for church.

Iíve been so inspired by YouTube finger style covers that I really want to become better at finger style. I have some basic finger style "hits" books and Iím pretty good at learning simple tabs.

Are there any good resources that anyone can recommend? Either online courses, DVD courses, or books. I have found that most of the books Iíve bought are either very simple and easy or way too hard. If there is a method book or a method website for finger style I would also be really interested in that.

I have found that, if the book says easy finger style, I can usually sight read it pretty easily. But if it is a book of authentic tabs, it is usually too hard.
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Old 01-16-2019, 06:53 PM
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https://www.guitarnick.com/the_fines...yle_songs.html
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:02 PM
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Just to be clear, you want to play solo fingerstyle, i.e., no vocals and each piece you play contains all needed or desired melodic, harmonic and rhythmic elements?
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:07 PM
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Do you have independence with your thumb yet? Meaning can you maintain a bass line whether that be Travis picking or something else with your thumb and carry a melody with the other fingers?
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:09 PM
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Thanks for the guitar nick files!

Yes, I want everything on the guitar. No vocals.
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Old 01-16-2019, 07:12 PM
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I can travis pick Dust in the Wind style. My level of picking right now is easy finger style. This one was easy for me to learn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnC_mWpxzJ8

I don't think I've done much alternate bass.
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:07 PM
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I just found him the other day and can recommend him too
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Old 01-16-2019, 08:29 PM
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highly recommend pegheadNation. if you look on the opening page there is usually a free 30 day offering on any of the courses. they offer up some world class players who are also excellent teachers-something that's not always the case.
the cost is very reasonable imo also.
youtube is fun and you can find some things quickly, but with a course, you get a graduated program that takes you step by step and leads to a positive direction, rather than wandering around and maybe not heading in the best direction-hope that makes sense.
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Old 01-16-2019, 11:45 PM
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Stevie Coyle is the best instructor on peghead nation imho
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Old 01-16-2019, 11:54 PM
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Toby Walker has a nice website with lessons.
https://www.tobywalkerslessons.com

The grand poobah of fingerstyle instruction is the venerable Stefan Grossman. Sit at the masters feet and learn the ways of a fingerstyle Jedi. He is an amazing player and gifted instructor.
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Thatís where all the masters live. When youíve got some skills under your belt, Take potions with John Miller. His teaching is a bit dry, but heís another freakin genius when it comes to country blues and ragtime. 100 points to Ravenclaw!
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There's lots of solo fingerstyle courses on Truefire. The only problem is, you'll be spoilt for choice (especially on top of all the above!).
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Another thought for you - https://www.homespun.com/ I've found some great lessons there in the past.
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Thanks, all! A lot of great suggestions!
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Toby Walker has a nice website with lessons.
https://www.tobywalkerslessons.com
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Old 01-17-2019, 08:24 AM
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As previously mentioned Guitar Nick is a good sight. Two others are Dan C. Holloway's site https://www.dancholloway.com/ and Kelly Valleau's site https://www.kellyvalleau.com/

Dan's site is good since it breaks down songs by complexity -- so you don't necessarily bite off too much at once. He's also got quite a list of songs, all of which have tab and video lessons, although the video lessons are done at a fairly high level and really are meant as a support for the tabs -- unless you are a relatively advanced player.

Kelly's site focuses on his fingerstyle takes on generally newer music. Some can be quite complex. I recently finished "cleaning up" his version of Bon Jovi's "Dead or Alive" and it took me several months from beginning to end.
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