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DVD - Learning To Flatpick
DVD - Learning To Flatpick
Actor: Steve Kaufman
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2003     4hr 0min

This long-time video favorite is now available in a DVD three-pack! Steve Kaufman's comprehensive course in bluegrass flatpicking starts at the beginning level and takes students to advanced techniques that will enable the...  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: Hal Leonard
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/01/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 4hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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A Great Way to Develop as a Beginner
C. R. Downing | Chippenham, Wilts England | 01/07/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are getting stuck for things to play as a beginner - you know; too many old traditional (no copyright) songs and too many exercises - well Steve Kaufman's set is a great way to develop your picking and left hand speed. You'll start very slowly and should be able to start doing these DVD songs after starting to play the guitar for about 10 weeks - assuming you are doing about 30 minutes practice a day. These DVDs will get you using your right hand picking much better, more accurately and faster. You'll learn how to do alternate stroke picking very well. Your right hand will get to play simple and then better chords for accompanyment tracks, then single note melody lines and faster single note fingerwork.

If you're learning on a steel string acoustic, these DVDs will show you other ways to play the instrument and get you away from simple stumming along to songs and desperately trying to make your guitar sound like the electic guitar you really wanted to play. Bluegrass Flatpicking is a great way to get the best from your acoustic steel strung guitar and you'll learn some solo pieces you'll be proud to show off to anyone. And there's a huge library of flatpicking material out there if you really get into it and want to learn more.

These DVDs are a great way to start and there's a Mel Bay Flatpicking book by Steve that would go well with the DVDs. Mel Bay Complete Flatpicking Guitar Book"
High Quality Instruction From A Great Picker
S. Collins | London, KY | 07/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was a guitar "strummer" for several years, and decided to learn more about picking the lead parts. This DVD set is right on the money. The production quality is great. Steve has a very pleasant personality, and I feel like I am setting in a room with a real instructor. His playing ability is top notch. He takes you through each of the tunes at varying speeds so most anyone can keep up and also feel challenged. At the end of each DVD he plays one of the tunes freestyle where he really opens up and shows why he has won national flatpicking championships. I would give this review 6 stars if possible. I would recommend that you have a little experience under your belt for this one, but he does offer some basic advice along the way. I have learned a ton of good stuff, and have already ordered more of Steve's products. Excellent!!"