Advanced Acoustic Guitar Fingerpicking
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Advanced Acoustic Guitar Fingerpicking

Take your acoustic fingerpicking skills to another level
4.2 (47 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
942 students enrolled
Created by Patrick O'Malley
Last updated 12/2018
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 27 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Advanced acoustic guitar fingerpicking and fingerstyle
Requirements
  • Have a guitar, know all the main chords, be able to change chords easily, have some fingerpicking experience
Description

Advanced Guitar Fingerpicking

Hi - my name is Patrick and welcome to my course - guitar fingerpicking in 30 days. I have being fingerpicking guitar for 20 years and I have taught dozens of students to go from never having picked up a guitar before to being really accomplished players. 


I notice that when many of my students learn fingerpicking and become competent, they become very musical in a short space of time. The acoustic guitar and modern acoustic fingerpicking style take the most incredible instrument and facilitate musicians to get incredible sounds from a small piece of wood with strings on it. Students do things that blow me away.


Some of the building blocks to becoming a modern acoustic fingerstyle musician with your own voice and your own sound are identified here and hopefully will help you to push through the common boundaries of having set chords, set patterns, set riffs and years of formed habits. It's time to really become inspired again. I'm absolutely confident that this will be your experience.


There are several main sections in this course


  1. Advanced Rhythm and Polyrhythms

  2. A deep dive into a classic Windy & Warm popularised by Chet Atkins and the techniques that drive the song

  3. A deep dive into a classic Deep River Blues by Doc Watson and the techniques that drive the song

  4. Advanced Techniques

    1. Harmonizing scales

    2. Adding percussive elements

    3. Using alternate tunings

    4. Blending everything we have learned


I'm sure there will be plenty to challenge you in this course.



At the end of my course, students will be able to...

  • play fingerpicking style using 3/2 polyrhythms

  • harmonize scales and incorporate wide interval playing into your fingerstyle playing

  • use a variety of bass patterns within a single song


  • add percussive elements to your repertoire

  • learn awesome sounding version of classics like Deep River Blues, Windy & Warm and Lean On Me


  • understand the thought process for making your acoustic sound like the orchestra it is


What materials will come with this course?

Each lesson has a HD video with three camera angles (full, left hand and right hand) so that you can zone in and see what each hand is doing. Each lesson also comes with a downloadable PDF and the relevant music tablature for each lesson. 


Who should take this course?

This course is ideal for guitarists who are at an intermediate level in the sense that they know the basic chords, they can change chords without too much trouble and they are able to use their fingers and thumbs to pick the guitar a little bit. You don’t need to know anything about music theory as I will explain the theory that we use.

  • If you feel like you are not really too comfortable playing chords - try my Zero to Guitar Fingerpicker in 30 days course.

  • If you feel like you are a bit beyond that, try my Intermediate Fingerpicking course.

  • If you have picked your guitar before using fingerstyle methods, but it's all just a bit old and a bit boring then you're in the right place!


Who should not?

If you're not comfortable to play the basic chords on guitar and change effortlessly between them, I'd suggest the beginner or intermediate course above.



What will students need before starting the course?

Students will need to have a guitar. 


If you want to give this course a try, remember that Udemy backs your purchase with a 30 day full refund option on all courses on Udemy - including this one. So you can always give it a go with absolutely no risk and get picking within the first few lessons or get your money back. This course is the best way to get musical within the first days, like I promised you above.

Enroll now to feel the joy of fingerpicking on your guitar!

Best of luck and I'll see you in the classroom..

Patrick

Who this course is for:
  • Guitar players who are at an intermediate level but want to improve their fingerpicking because they admire guitarists like Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, Tommy Emmanuel, Don Ross, Antoine Dufour, Preston Reed etc.
Course content
Expand all 21 lectures 01:37:00
+ Polyrhythms
6 lectures 23:51

This video describes how the course works, what the sections are and which sections you should do in which order.

We talk about how to make sure each lesson is fully absorbed.

And what to do if you get stuck in any given section.

Preview 02:14

In this video, I show you the guitar piece you will be able to play by the end of this lesson.

This helps you to decide if learning this piece is interesting to you.

And helps you know the reward if you stick with these lessons!

Preview 01:18

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of a polyrhythm

  • See how the triplet and regular patterns overlap in a 3/2 polyrhythm

  • Play a 3/2 polyrhythm by tapping on a surface

The 3/2 polyrhythm
03:24

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Play a '3' pattern (triplet) using your fingers

  2. Play a '2' pattern using your thumb

  3. Play a 3/2 polyrhythm using a fingerpicking pattern

Preview 04:19
Play the 3/2 polyrhythm with arpeggios
05:35

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Play polyrhythmic patterns in C, Am, F and G

  • Learn a piece that uses polyrhythms in a musical way

  • Embellish your polyrhythmic patterns

Polyrhythms, metronomes and a musical example
07:01
+ Windy & Warm
5 lectures 21:47

In this video, I show you the guitar piece you will be able to play by the end of this lesson.

This helps you to decide if learning this piece is interesting to you.

And helps you know the reward if you stick with these lessons!

Preview 01:11

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Play the first half of the verse of Windy & Warm

  • Bend strings while playing a 5464 bass pattern

  • Pull-off strings while playing this bass pattern

Windy & Warm verse
10:02

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Play the first half of Windy & Warm with just fretted notes (no bending)

  • Phrase fingerpicking melodies in various ways

Windy & Warm - version without bending
03:37

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Play the full verse of Windy & Warm

  • Learn the bluesy slide section

  • Introduce the Am E Am ending

Windy & Warm - full verse structure
01:57

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Play both verse and chorus of Windy & Warm

  • Slide up the neck using movable chord shapes

  • Play a reverse arpeggio over Dm

  • Play a descending riff using fingers and thumbpick (or fingers and thumb)

Windy & Warm - chorus & alternate ending
05:00
+ Deep River Blues
5 lectures 26:31

In this video, I show you the guitar piece you will be able to play by the end of this lesson.

This helps you to decide if learning this piece is interesting to you.

And helps you know the reward if you stick with these lessons!

Preview 01:05

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Read chord charts and identify which left hand fingers are optimal for playing complex chords

  • Learn E7, Edim7 and Em7(b11) chords

  • Learn all the chords necessary to play Deep River Blues

Learning the chords
05:30

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to

  • play the bass line for deep river blues

  • play 6-4 bass line pattern

  • play 6-4-5-4 bass line pattern

  • play  5-4-6-4 bass line pattern

  • alternate between those 3 patterns above during one performance

Learning the bass line
03:47

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Play the first half of the Deep River Blues fingerpicking piece


Adding melodies: playing the full verse
06:07

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Play the full version of Deep River Blues

  • Add a turnaround as an alternate ending to the song

Adding melodies: playing the full song
10:02
+ Percussive Acoustic Fingerpicking
5 lectures 24:51

In this video, I show you the guitar piece you will be able to play by the end of this lesson.

This helps you to decide if learning this piece is interesting to you.

And helps you know the reward if you stick with these lessons!

Preview 01:50

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Tune our guitar to the CGDGBE

  • Play wide intervals

  • Harmonize the C major scale

  • Apply this harmonization to acoustic fingerpicking

  • Learn the Lean On Me tune in this new tuning

Introducing the CGDGDE tuning & using intervals
07:44

In this lesson, we will learn

  • How to create some percussive hits with the right hand

  • Good technique for performing these hits or clicks

  • A beginning exercise in the CGDGBE tuning to master this technique

Play percussive clicks between notes
04:48

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Play percussive clicks at the same time as melody notes

  • Play the second half of Lean On Me in this style

  • Play the second half of Lean On Me with double stops

Play percussive clicks at the same time as playing notes
05:49

By the end of this lesson, you will know how to:

  • Play a 3/2 Polyrhythm using our CGDGBE tuning

  • Play the first section of Lean On Me using a 3/2 Polyrhythm

  • Blend this section with a version using percussive clicks

Lean on Me with 3/2 polyrhythm & percussive clicks
04:40