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DVD-Jorma Kaukonen's Fingerpicking Guitar Method
Actor: Jorma Kaukonen
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2003     2hr 10min

This is the ultimate course in Jorma Kaukonen?s unique and influential blues and country guitar fingerpicking style, filled with invaluable wisdom, advice and techniques for learning pickers at all levels. Jorma gears this...  more »


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Actor: Jorma Kaukonen
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Independently Distributed
Studio: Homespun Tapes
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/01/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 2hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Jorma is my teacher!
Steve M. | United States | 07/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is absolutely the coolest DVD AND the best guitar instruction approach that I have tried, and I have tried a number of them. Jorma [and one of his buddies] play the song, then Jorma goes through step by step and show you how to play the tune. Thanks to DVD technology, you can easily backtrack at tough parts or stop and return later after your fingers recover. Thanks to Jorma, a rich tradition in guitar blues survives today with a significant following. I would not recommend this for beginners, but any 40-somethings or 50-somethings will be glad to know how to play these songs. [The guy who wrote the review below is total sour grapes with a vendetta.]"
Good for moderately experienced pickers
Jeffrey Daso | Reno, NV United States | 07/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For those wishing to improve on their picking style and learn the unique riffs of a master--this is for you.
Ignore the whiney quibblings of reviewer Bob Tolstoy below--I checked his review history and he put the same thing on any item that was related to Jorma Kaukonen. Sounds like someone has a personal vendetta."
Worth 100 lessons!
E. Karasik | Washington, DC United States | 01/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I hesitated to spend the money on this DVD but I've had lots of fun with it, and it has certainly paid for itself many times over. As someone who is an "advanced beginner" without much natural talent, I had reached a plateau after many guitar lessons. I find this DVD far preferable to taking lessons because of the simple fact that segments of interest can be endlessly studied. The songs are over my head, but with many repetitions I am beginning to get them. Equally importantly, I am learning some of the more subtle points such as how to use vibrato, arpeggio, and dynamic range (varying volume) to make the music sound more nuanced and meaningful. Jorma breaks down the songs into digestible little segments and demonstrates them with an incredibly clean style, all the while throwing in lots of nuggets about technique. A plus for me is being able to learn his beautiful song "Genesis" which I have loved for years. Jorma -- if you happen to read this -- MANY THANKS!!"
One of the best from Homespun
Everett C. Bennett | Jackson, TN United States | 02/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I found this dvd and tab to be excellent. Jorma is very clear in his teaching and his playing fits the tab very well. Only my limited talent is holding me back from mastering the material presented. As for the individual who rated it one star, well, the pickers he mentioned are definitely masters, but that's no reason to pan Jorma's dvd. Go figure. I highly recommend this dvd to fingerpickers, especially people just getting into it."