Fingerstyle with Don Ross

Don Ross, an award-winning, Billboard-topping fingerstyle artist, will teach you everything you need to know to get started in fingerstyle guitar.

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In this series, Don Ross delivers his extensive knowledge on many aspects of fingerstyle guitar. Not forgetting beginners, he starts off his series with a manageable pace, covering the basics in-depth.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Don Ross Series Introduction

New fingerstyle instructor Don Ross introduces himself, his background, and what you should expect in this series.

Length: 3:54 Difficulty: 0.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Playing Style

Don Ross talks about the way he plays and how he got started in his particular style. He also brushes on right hand technique and thumb pick style.

Length: 14:09 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Finger Assignments

Don Ross takes some time to talk about where he places each right hand finger while playing fingerstyle. This is a great lesson for those who wish to fix old habits, or are just starting out in this wonderful style.

Length: 9:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

Travis Picking

Don Ross talks about fingerpicking patterns with a focus on Travis Picking. He explains the pattern thoroughly and at a step-by-step pace so that it can be picked up by fingerstyle players of any level.

Length: 22:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Travis Picking Part 2

Don Ross dives into Travis Picking once more. This time, he specifically focuses on patterns for chords that have a root note on the fifth string.

Length: 14:10 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Travis Picking Part 3

This time, Don Ross demonstrates Travis patterns with chords that have a root note on the fourth string.

Length: 9:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Thumb and Brush

Having thoroughly explored Travis picking, Don Ross now takes some time to talk about the "thumb and brush" technique.

Length: 12:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Altered Vs. Open Tunings: Altered

Don Ross takes a couple lessons to talk about altered tunings and open tunings. In this lesson, he takes a closer look at altered tunings.

Length: 8:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Altered Vs. Open Tunings: Open

Don Ross now discusses open tunings. Open tunings get their name because the open strings are tuned to a specific chord.

Length: 18:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 10

Open G Tuning

Don Ross talks more about open G tuning and how to make it more applicable to your playing by applying the Travis pattern you have already learned.

Length: 13:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 11

Open D Tuning

Don Ross talks about open D tuning, how it's similar to open C tuning, and how you can incorporate it into your playing.

Length: 17:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 12

Open C Tuning

In this lesson, Don Ross explains open C tuning. As with the G and D tuning lessons, he explains how open C compares to other open tunings, how to tune, and what it can add to your playing.

Length: 26:48 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 13

DADGAD Tuning

Don Ross looks at DADGAD tuning in this lesson. He explores different ways to play, how to tune, and discusses why it has become so popular.

Length: 17:56 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 14

Harmonic DADGAD

Don Ross takes another look at DADGAD and how you can play harmonically in this tuning.

Length: 11:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

DADGAD and Travis Picking

Don Ross continues his discussion on DADGAD tuning and brings it all together with Travis picking.

Length: 10:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

DADGAD Chord Voicings

Don Ross takes a final look at DADGAD tuning in this lesson. This time, he explores some great chord voicings that are sure to spice up your playing.

Length: 10:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 17

CGCGAD Tuning

Don Ross takes a look at a unique and beautiful tuning, CDCGAD, or in Don's words, the "Fred" tuning, and explores what can be done with it.

Length: 14:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 18

Brooke's Waltz Part 1

Don Ross takes a look at the first part of his original song "Brooke's Waltz". This song is in the CGCGAD tuning you learned about in the previous lesson.

Length: 17:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 19

Brooke's Waltz Part 2

Don Ross moves on and covers the second portion of his original song "Brooke's Waltz".

Length: 12:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Brooke's Waltz Part 3

Don Ross finishes up the trio of lesson on his song "Brooke's Waltz". This time around he talks about the song structure, as well as the funky behind-the-nut vibrato he ends the song with.

Length: 15:43 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 21

Extending Harmony

In this lesson, Don talks about how you can use simple music theory to add colorful extensions to your chords and also create new open tunings. This is a very useful lesson for all guitarists.

Length: 18:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

Upright & Locked Position Part 1

Don Ross delves into one of his sweeter melodies - "Upright & Locked Position". In this lesson, he offers a short review on the tuning he uses and teaches the first portion of the tune.

Length: 18:22 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 24

Upright & Locked Position Part 2

Don Ross teaches the B section of his song "Upright & Locked Position".

Length: 8:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 25

Upright & Locked Position Part 3

Don Ross returns to his song "Upright & Locked Position" and teaches the C part. He then talks about combining the three major sections of this song, as well as how to end it.

Length: 18:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 26

Harmonics Part 1

Harmonics sound awesome, and no player's arsenal is complete without this versatile technique. Don introduces harmonics and talks about playing both natural and artificial variations.

Length: 13:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

Slap and Brush Harmonics

Don Ross talks about "slap" harmonics and "brush" harmonics and how they can be used.

Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 28

The Ripple Effect

Don Ross teaches a harmonic technique he calls the "ripple effect". This technique was originally made popular by guitar legend Lenny Breau.

Length: 11:43 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 29

The Ripple Effect Part 2

Don Ross builds on lesson 28 by discussing more ways in which the "ripple effect" can be used.

Length: 9:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
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