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Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method: Complete Edition

The Alex de Grassi Fingerstyle Guitar Method is a complete course in learning to play contemporary steel-string guitar, taught by a master of the instrument. Alex de Grassi carefully guides players through 29 in-depth lessons with definitive advice on fingerstyle technique, tone, phrasing, and arranging, and over 200 musical examples, exercises, and songs. This comprehensive method is available in two different formats:

  • Book and audio package. 192 pages with notation, tab, and free audio downloads for all music examples, played by Alex de Grassi.
  • PDF and video package. A four-part download featuring the complete written instruction from the book, and 6 hours of accompanying video instruction. The written instruction (PDF) is 206 pages and is delivered in the first of the four download files (664.3 MB including video). File size for each of the remaining three files is as follows: 638.5 MB, 589.6 MB, and 794 MB.

Please ensure that there is adequate space on your computer's hard drive before downloading the PDF and video package. 

CONTENTS

INSTRUMENT BASICS
  • Fingerstyle Guitar Design
  • Holding the Guitar
  • Tuning
BASIC TECHNIQUE
  • The Picking Hand
  • The Fretting Hand
FIRST PHRASES
  • Note Duration
  • Legato Techniques
  • Open Strings vs. Fretted Notes
CHORDS AND ARPEGGIOS
  • Strummed, Block, and Rolled Chords
  • Chord Voicings
  • Arpeggios
RHYTHMS, PATTERNS, AND ACCENTS
  • The Alternating Bass
  • Enhancing the Alternating Bass
  • More Patterns
TEXTURE
  • Articulations
  • Vibrato
  • Pizzicato, Muting, and Harmonics
  • Timbre and Dynamics
MOVING UP THE FINGERBOARD
  • Cross-String Techniques
  • Barre Chords and Cross-String Arpeggios
ALTERNATE TUNINGS
  • Voicings, Resonance, Modes, and Harmony
  • Texture and Weight
ABOUT TIME
  • Cross-Rhythms
  • Arpeggiated Figures, Syncopations, and Accents
  • Phrasing
EXTENDED TECHNIQUES
  • Percussion
  • Slapping and Tapping
THE 3-D SOUND
  • Depth of Field
  • Orchestration