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Improving Technique DVD - Tim May & Dan Miller
n this 90-minute DVD video Tim May and Dan Miller teach the details of right and left hand technique and mechanics that will help any pick style acoustic guitar player improve their speed, tone, note accuracy, fluidity, volume, and power.
Creating Solos & Embellishing the Melody DVD - Tim May & Dan Miller
In this 102 minute (1 hour and 42 minutes) instructional DVD video Tim May and Dan Miller teach you how to find the chord progression and melody to any vocal song or instrumental tune by ear and then they show you how to embellish that melody in order to create your own interesting and tasteful guitar solo.
An Approach to Improvisation DVD - Tim May & Dan Miller
In this instructional DVD Tim May and Dan Miller, authors of the popular eight-volume "Flatpicking Essentials" course, teach you an approach to improvising guitar solos. You will first learn what scale notes will best fit over diatonic (of the key) chord progressions, and how to employ those scale tones using techniques such as scale runs, folded scales, harmonized scales, and crosspicking. Next you will learn how to target chord tones in your solo as the tune changes from one chord to another, thus moving with the structure of the tune and getting closer to the melody. Then you will learn how to use techniques like phrasing, note articulation, and dynamics to make your improvised solos better fit the song while sounding interesting and engaging, while remaining tasteful.
Flatpicking Essentials - Volume 1: Rhythm, Bass Runs, and Fill Licks Book / Audio CD by Dan Miller
Flatpicking Essentials, Volume 1: Rhythm, Bass Runs, and Fill Licks - Spiral Bound Book and CD
Written and Compiled by Flatpicking Guitar Magazine Editor Dan Miller
This 96-page spiral bound instructional book, with audio CD, teaches you how to play interesting and exciting rhythm guitar accompaniment by showing you how to fill the rhythm guitarist roles of: Keeping Good Time, Outlining the Chord, Leading the Listener's Ear to the Chord Change, and adding Texture, Excitement, Drive, and Interest. The goal of this book and accompanying CD is to make you a better rhythm player, and to also prepare you to begin playing lead guitar in Volume 2 (Learning How to Solo: Carter Style Leads and Beyond).
Flatpicking Essentials - Volume 2: Learning How to Solo - Carter Style and Beyond Book / audio CD by Dan Miller
Learning How to Solo - Carter Style and Beyond This Edition is the Spiral Bound Hardcopy Book with 2 CDs
You CAN learn how to take a guitar solo on ANY vocal tune!! In the 108-pages of Volume 2 of the Flatpicking Essentials series you will be given very detailed instruction designed to teach you how to:
1) Select a Vocal Song
2) Learn the Chord Progression by Ear
3) Learn the Basic Melody by Ear
4) Find the Carter Style Arrangement
5) Learn How to Simplify the Melody
6) Embellish the Carter Style Arrangement using techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, alternate chord strums, tremolo, double stops, crosspicking, neighboring notes, scale runs, drones, and fill licks.
Flatpicking Essentials - Volume 3: Flatpicking Fiddle Tunes Book / 2 CDs by Dan Miller
Flatpicking Fiddle Tunes
Flatpicking and fiddle tunes go hand-in-hand. However, in this day and age too many beginning and intermediate level players rely too heavily on tablature when learning fiddle tunes. This becomes a problem in the long run because the player eventually reaches a plateau in their progress because they don't know how to learn new tunes that are not written out in tablature, they do not know how to create their own variations of tunes that they already know, and it becomes very hard to learn how to improvise. Flatpicking Essentials, Volume 3 helps to solve all of those problems. In this volume of the Flatpicking Essentials series you are going to learn valuable information about the structure of fiddle tunes and then you are going to use that information to learn how to play fiddle tunes by ear, and create your own variations.
The Flatpicker's Guide to Irish Music by Dan Miller and Tim May
Tim May and Dan Miller's book and audio CD "The Flatpicker's Guide to Irish Music" (116 pages) introduces the flatpicking guitar player to ten common Irish tunes and the theory and technique of Irish rhythm. The first part of the book discusses the theory and technique of Irish guitar rhythm, to include right hand technique, chord substitutions, and bass movement within chords. In a typical Irish session, the lead instruments will all play the melody simultaneously and the rhythm guitar player will improvise the chord changes behind the melody. In the second part of the book each of the ten tunes presented include a study the melody of the tune, variations on the melody, standard chords for the tune, and chord substitution variations. The tunes presented cover 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, and 9/8 time signatures and a variety of typical embellishments that are common to Irish music. The concept of modes is also addressed as the tunes that are presented include tunes played in the Ionian, Aeolian, and Dorian modes. Additional rhythm ideas that include harmonized scale rhythm, Drop D rhythm, and DADGAD chords are also presented.
Flatpicking Essentials - Volume 4: Understanding the Fingerboard and Moving Up-the-Neck Book / Audio CD by Dan Miller
Understanding the Fingerboard and Moving Up-the-Neck
Flatpicking Essentials, Volume 4: Understanding the Fingerboard and Moving Up-The-Neck, as the name implies, teaches you how to become familiar with using the entire fingerboard of the guitar and it gives you many practical exercises and song examples that will help you become very comfortable playing up-the-neck. With this book and CD you will learn how to explore the whole guitar neck using a very thorough study of three important fingerboard familiarization "road maps," including: chord shapes (chord "centers"), scale patterns (both horizontal and vertical), arpeggios, and song examples. You will also learn how to comfortably move up-the-neck and back down using slides, open strings, scale runs, harmonized scales, floating licks, and more. Over 150 pages in length, this book provides a very thorough study of each topic. If you've ever sat and watched a professional player's fingers dance up and down the fingerboard with great ease and you thought "I wish I could do that!" This book and 2 CD set are for you!
Flatpicking Essentials - Volume 5: Improvisation & Style Studies Book / Audio CDs by Dan Miller and Tim May
Flatpicking Essentials, Volume 5: Improvisation and Style Studies
152 page book, 2 Audio CDs (over 120 minutes of audio)
Improvisation is one of those things that flatpickers always ask about at workshops and seminars. It is one of those mysterious and elusive concepts that is hard for many people to grasp. In this Volume of the Flatpicking Essentials series authors Dan Miller and Tim May take away the mystery by presenting a step-by-step gradual learning method that will have you improvising immediately and then build your skill slowly and steadily. By the end of this book you will have the confidence and the skill to step out and start improvising at your next jam session.
Flatpicking Essentials Volume 6: Improvisation (Part II) & Advanced Technique Book / 2 CDs by Dan Miller and Tim May
Flatpicking Essentials, Volume 6, Improvisation (Part 2) and Advanced Technique
by Dan Miller and Tim May, provides you with 152 pages (and 2 audio CDs) worth of valuable information that is designed to help you take your flatpicking to the next level.
Improvisation, Part II
Flatpicking Essentials, Volume 6 is divided into two main sections. The first section is Part II of our study of improvisation. Volume 5 introduced readers to a step-by-step free-form improv study method that we continue here in Volume 6. The improvisation section of Volume 5 introduced improvisation over various I, IV, V chord progressions using chord tones and scale notes. Volume 6 continues with the same course of study; however, chord progressions get more complicated.
An added feature of this Volume of the course is the inclusion of an appendix that will serve as an easy reference for all of the chord progressions that you were given in Volumes 5 and 6. We are also providing slow, medium, and fast back up tracks for all of these progressions.
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