Steve Kaufman’s comprehensive three-DVD course in bluegrass flatpicking takes you from “Picking 101” through advanced techniques that will enable you to hold your own in any band or jam session.
On DVD #1, “From the Beginning,” you’ll learn a variety of essential flatpicking skills: proper pick grip, down-up strokes, rhythmic strumming and song accompaniment. Only a few minutes into the first lesson you’ll be starting to pick easy versions of well-known fiddle tunes.
By DVD #2, “ Building Bluegrass Technique,” you’ll have built a “runs vocabulary” and learned to cross pick, move up the neck, play bass runs and construct hot bluegrass solos.
DVD #3, “Developing Speed and Style,” covers the finer points of style, using slides, arpeggios, bends, accents, intros and endings, and that most challenging of subjects, building up speed.
A patient and encouraging instructor, Steve pushes you forward while allowing you to advance at your own pace. He helps you develop a solid repertoire of classic tunes, including “Liberty,” “Salt Creek,” “Blackberry Blossom,” “Ragtime Annie,” “Clarinet Polka,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Cripple Creek,” “Hand Me Down My Walking Cane,” “Wildwood Flower,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Eighth of January” and “Bully of the Town.”