For Intermediate and More Advanced Fingerpickers
Included in 50 Greatest Guitar Books, this hardcopy book and online recording thoroughly describe the intermediate-to-advanced picking techniques associated with some of today’s greatest fingerstyle professionals. Highly recommended!
There are 14 solo instrumentals: 12 originals and arrangements from Mark Hanson, including four new pieces from 2018. All exercises and tunes are played at half- and full- speed on the recording.
Watch Mark play three of the new instrumentals – Cast Away, Mythos and Easy Virtue – on YouTube. You’ll be able to add hot techniques and pieces to your repertoire with this title.
This product is a printed book available by mail order, and includes a link to online recordings.
Listen to an audio preview of “Golden Valley,” from the instructional CD:
Table of Contents
What You Need to Know
The Music and CD
How To Practice
“Red, White & Blue Rag”
Beyond Pattern Playing
Freeing the Fingers
Rearranging Finger Notes
Variations on Rearranging
Deleting Finger Notes
Adding Finger Notes
Freeing The Thumb
“Cast Away” NEW
“Easy Virtue” NEW
Alternating Bass In Other Meters
Additional Thumb Techniques
Thumb Plays Melody
Overlap Of Right-Hand Thumb And Fingers
“Hesitation Blues” NEW
“Dedicated to Mississippi John Hurt”
“Good Time Blues”
Combining Left- and Right-Hand Damping
Gaining Speed: Left-Hand Articulation
Appendix A: Tablature
Appendix B: Glossary; Guitar Information
Appendix C: Contemporary Travis Picking Pieces EXPANDED
Bob Hodges –
This course is an awesome progression from the Contemporary Travis Picking course. Challenging but very doable arrangements along with excellent instruction that has been very fine tuned to guide you towards becoming a solid intermediate fingerstyle player. This course has opened a lot of doors for me with what I learned from it.
Paul Minifie –
I bought this book in 1992 via a small ad out of the back of the Guitar Player magazine. Since this was a time pre-internet I actually had to phone Mark up to enquire about how to buy this book. Embarrassingly I somewhat miscalculated the proper time zone difference ( I live in New Zealand ) so I caught him at 10.30pm at night. After a conversation I decide I would put the appropriate cash in an envelope and sent it off to Mark without a concern that it might not ever arrive. I got my book maybe a month later. It is easily one of the best investments I made on my personal journey to master guitar. If your looking for a book to take you to a next level with your own guitaring buy this book. You won’t regret it.