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The Fingerpicking Guitar Of Kelly Joe Phelps
The Fingerpicking Guitar Of Kelly Joe Phelps
Actor: Kelly Joe Phelps
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2002     1hr 35min

Kelly Joe explores the fingerpicking technique that has made him one of the most sought-after performers on today's acoustic music scene. He has chosen six of his most popular pieces to demonstrate how he builds fingerpick...  more »


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Actor: Kelly Joe Phelps
Director: Happy Traum
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Special Interests, Educational, Musicals, Independently Distributed
Studio: Homespun Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 10/01/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 35min
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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A definite must!
Elizabeth Darcy | Canada | 02/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're a hands-on type of person who just wants to be shown "how they did it", straight from the source, then this is the DVD for you. It's like having a talented guitarist in your living room, giving you private lessons.

Kelly Joe Phelps performs a song for you, then he stops and pauses and breaks it down, explaining what he did in each phrase. The camera zooms in on the fingerboard, and what his fingers are doing on the strings.

In all of this you learn lots of different techniques, and various tunings. He starts off with a couple of songs in standard tuning, then moves on to some open tunings.

I'd hesitate to say this is for the beginner. I'm a beginner on the guitar, but not to music as a whole, so I understand what is going on musically. So the instructions and demonstrations are very accomodating. With practice, I am certain it won't be terribly long until I can emulate some of his techniques.

This will interest:
Kelly Joe Phelps fans
beginner to intermediate guitar players
Some background in music knowledge will help.

Enjoy it!"
Tasteful and entertaining. Good bang for the buck.
Elizabeth Darcy | 01/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Kelly J Phelps is a wonderful picker and in this video he demonstates his technique and skill. I would say this is for intermediate to advanced players. He demonstrates a couple of different tunings that help expand your resources, especially if you can only play in standard tuning. This vid is loaded with much material. It should keep most guitarists busy for a while. I have the slide video by him, I enjoyed it so much I bought this one. Definitely a cut above most guitar instructionals I've seen."
Worth it just to watch KJP play
C. A. Roy | Deville, LA USA | 08/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Even though the DVD may not be as long as I would like, it is still awesome to watch Kelly Joe Phelps play the guitar. He makes it look so easy and gives great instructions on his finger-picking style."
Absolutly worth it!
Bo Ryan | California, USA | 04/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It really takes some time to learn the fingerpicking style that Kelly uses, though it certainly is worth the time to practice! Unlike many other musicians, it's a wonder to watch Kelly play! He plays with such warmth and emotion, I find myself putting my guitar down and just listening. He does a good job of breaking down the style and showing how he works the alternate tunings.
I highly recomend this video if you like his music, even if you don't play much guitar. I'm going to pick up his slide guitar video next!"