This Book + DVD package showcases the songs and techniques of two of the most fundamental and exciting styles of traditional fingerstyle guitar playing! Woody Mann illustrates how the music of one of America's greatest guitarists, the legendary Reverend Gary Davis, offers a complete lesson in the beauty and subtleties of ragtime and gospel guitar playing. Reverend Davis was one of the most gifted and original musicians of his generation and his influence has continued to grow as each new generation of guitarists discovers the excitement of his music.
Using six of the Reverend's ragtime and gospel originals note-for-note, Mann details and explains picking techniques, chord positions, and fine points of phrasing. Learn syncopated picking ideas, new approaches to chords and melodies, and how to apply Davis's method for creating endless variations and improvisations within a song. Additionally, fingerpicking techniques taught can be applied to a variety of musical styles and genres. Near beginners to advanced players will benefit from this approach.