Fingerstyle & Slide Guitar in Open Tunings
by John Fahey
John Fahey was a pioneer in composing and arranging guitar solos in open tunings. In this lesson series for the intermediate guitarist, John teaches ... Show synopsis John Fahey was a pioneer in composing and arranging guitar solos in open tunings. In this lesson series for the intermediate guitarist, John teaches a wide variety of techniques, musical textures and styles. The book includes the notation and tablature for the lessons plus 3 compact discs featuring phrase-by-phrase instruction. LESSON ONE: Open G tuning: "On the Sunny Side of the Ocean," "Spanish Two Step" and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear." "St.Louis Blues" played in a dropped D tuning. LESSON TWO: In this lesson John explores the possibilities of playing in an open C tuning. "The Union Pacific" has a distinct blues quality, "Requiem For John Hurt" has an "Eastern" feel. Simplicity often creates beauty and John does this with his version of "Auld Lang Syne." LESSON THREE: This lesson concentrates on John's slide guitar playing. "Steamboat Gwine Round The Bend" played in open G demonstrating many of John's unique technical ideas. The Christmas carol "Silent Night" is presented in the slide style. John's popular arrangement of "Poor Boy A Long Way From Home" played in open D tuning finishes the series.