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DVD-Figuring Out the Fingerboard-A Flatpicker's Guide To Improvising
DVD-Figuring Out the Fingerboard-A Flatpicker's Guide To Improvising
Actor: Steve Kaufman
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2005     1hr 30min

If you?ve ever wondered how the hot flatpickers improvise solos using the entire length of the guitar fingerboard, and wished you could take your own distinctive breaks in jam sessions or performances, then this DVD is for...  more »

     
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Actor: Steve Kaufman
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Independently Distributed
Studio: Homespun Tapes
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Dr Victor S Alpher | Austin, Texas, U.S.A. | 02/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am primarily a fiddler by trade...and I should be, but was not, that familiar with Steve Kaufman. This DVD blew me away!!! I have a repertoire of over 500 fiddle tunes, and he believes this was the "key" to learning to play all over the fingerboard. Well, here he shows the METHOD to such madness, and it makes sense!!! He says that at "intermediate-advanced" guitar camps and seminars he'll find such players who typically know less than 10 fiddle tunes. He explains why learning fiddle tunes, NOT scales, is the key to playing like Steve, Doc Watson, and other great melody players (Blake, Rice, C. White come to mind)...

This will be the best $29.95 you spend, it is worth months if not years of lessons. I now can see my guitar picking (flatpicking) really picking up steam. Steve is encouraging, not in an overly folksy or put-on way, and his OM-42 (Collings) matches the sound of my OM-1 (probably Adirondack) like sequential serial-numbered guitars--so it is just fun to play along with Steve.

Buy it!!! If you aspire to playing above the 7th fret, this DVD is a must see and hear!!!"
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Joe Oliver Ray | Hoover, AL USA | 09/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A friend recommended Steve Kaufman's instructional guitar DVD's to me about a year ago. I started with the three DVD set "Learning to Flatpick", a must-have for any flatpicking student. I added "The Art of Guitar Crosspicking" and "Picking Up Speed."

Steve provides slowed-down versions of tunes, as well as easy-to-read tablature."Figuring Out the Fingerboard" continues the excellent series. Steve's easy-going manner, and desire to help the struggling and accomplished students alike are evident in his teaching methodology. His picking technique is clean and simple. I've learned more in the past year than I have in the past ten, thanks to Steve's DVD's. My picking confidence and tune repertoire have definitely been ramped up.

Pick up this one, and start playing "up the neck" in no time flat."
Should be called "For Beginners"
Ruben R. Galindo | Sun City, California | 10/22/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The description to this DVD should identify it as "For Beginners" I've been playing most of my life and I was looking for something more than this DVD offers.
If you are a beginner, this will teach you a bunch."
Reached a new level of guitar playing
J. Suter | Santa Cruz, CA | 07/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There is lots to know about the guitar and this DVD helped tremedously. It's nice to be able to re-play scenes that I have trouble with. This is a great tool to learn more about how to play bluegrass and improvise with other players."