While this page is mainly dedicated to guitar players who are currently working with the Flatpicking the Blues
book/CD/DVD package. The first few questions listed below are those
being asked by individuals who have found us on the web, but have not
seen the Flatpicking the Blues instructional package.
1) What is Flatpicking?
This is the main question that guitar players who have found us on the
web have been asking. If you are not familiar with this term, you can
find the answer to this question by clicking <here>.
2) What is in the Flatpicking the Blues course?
While there is a brief description of this course on our mercantile
site (www.flatpickingmercantile.com), you can find a more detailed
description by clicking <here>.
3) How do I connect the blues scales as I move up the neck?
On page 31 of the book we provided you with some "box" pattern blues
scales at various positions on the neck. In order to move smoothly from
one position to the next, it is a good idea to practice patterns which
connect those boxes and learn how and when to shift your hand position
so that your movement from one area of the neck to another is fluid and
smooth. In order to help you practice this movement, we have provided
some scale patterns here on the web that will help you with these
connections. If you will navigate to the Blues Scales section of this web site and work with Blues Scales #1 through #6. This will help.
4) I'm having trouble coming up with my own arrangement of songs, do you have any suggestions? This is a good question. In Flatpicking the Blues
we asked you to come up with our own arrangement of "Nine Pound Hammer"
(the homework on page 73). We asked you to use Brad Davis' arrangements
as a model, but we did not take you through steps that would help you
with that process. If you are unfamiliar with working out your own
arrangements to songs, this may have been a frustrating homework problem
for you. Click <here>
and you will find a lesson that takes you through a few steps which
begin at the simple melody and then proceed along a logical path to
arranging a blues simple blues solo to "Nine Pound Hammer."