Flatpicking Essentials Vol. 1: Rhythm, Bass Runs and Licks

Flatpicking Essentials Vol. 1: Rhythm, Bass Runs and Licks

Dan Miller
Flatpicking Essentials Vol. 1: Rhythm, Bass Runs and Licks

written and compiled by Flatpicking Guitar Magazine Editor Dan Miller

Book/CD package. Become a better rhythm player with the founder and editor of flatpickin' guitar's hippest magazine! Plus an appendix with sections on reading tablature, working with a metronome, and major scales, chords and arpeggios. Drive the band with a firm foundation! Spiralbound; 96 pp.

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What you will learn in the first Volume of the Flatpicking Essentials Series (Rhythm, Bass Runs, and Fill Licks):

  • 1) The Role of the Rhythm Player: Keeping Time, Outlining the Chord, Leading the Listener's Ear to the Chord Change, adding Texture and Interest
  • 2) Bass Line construction based on major scales, the chromatic scale, and arpeggios
  • 3) Bass Line construction using a variety of timing variations (half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, dotted-quarter notes)
  • 4) Bass Line construction using walk-ups, walk-downs, and leading tones
  • 5) The Rest Stroke
  • 6) Alternate Pick Direction and Eighth Note Runs and Fill Licks
  • 7) Over 20 G-Run Variations
  • 8) Syncopation
  • 9) Over 10 Alternate Strumming Patterns
  • 10) How to Work with a Metronome
  • Dozens of Examples!

    Volume One Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The History of the Flatpicking Gutiar Style
  • Learning to Flatpick: A Historical Approach
  • Section One: Techniques, Examples, and Exercises
  • The Role of the Rhythm Guitar Player
  • Simple G Chord Rhythm
  • G, C, D Rhythm with Repeating Bass Notes
  • Alternating Bass Line
  • Walk-ups, Walk-downs, and Leading Tones
  • Chromatic Walk-Ups and Walk-Downs
  • Bass Runs Old-Time Style
  • Half Note Bass Runs
  • The Rest Stroke
  • Alternate Pick Direction and Eighth Notes
  • Eighth Note Runs and Fill Licks
  • Borrowing From Bass Players
  • G-Runs, Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs, and Slides
  • Creating Movement on One Chord
  • Syncopation
  • The Bluegrass G Chord and Alternate Strums
  • "Lonesome Road Blues" Example

    Section Two: Examples from the FGM Archives

  • "Rolling in My Sweet Baby's Arms" in the Style of Charlie Monroe
  • "Blue Eyes" in the Style of Roy Harvey
  • Rhythm in the Style of Edd Mayfield 1
  • Key of G Rhythm in the Style of Jimmy Martin
  • "Nine Pound Hammer" in the Style of Brad Davis (Key of G)
  • "Nine Pound Hammer" in the Style of Brad Davis (Key of C)
  • Key of C Rhythm in the Style of Earl Scruggs
  • "Tennessee Wagoner" in the Style of Charles Sawtelle
  • Key of C Rhythm in the Style of Tom Paley
  • "Soldier's Joy" Rhythm in the Style of Riley Puckett
  • "Have A Feast Here Tonight" in the Style of Doc Watson
  • "Molly Put the Kettle On" in the Style of Riley Puckett
  • Rhythm in the Style of Edd Mayfield 2 (Key of G)
  • Rhythm in the Style of Edd Mayfield 3 (Key of A)
  • Rhythm in the Style of Peter Rowan (Key of A)
  • Rhythm in the Style of Charles Sawtelle (Key of E)
  • "Ragtime Annie" in the Style of David Grier
  • The Road Ahead

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