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Fingerstyle

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

Lesson 1

Don Ross Series Introduction

New fingerstyle instructor Don Ross introduces himself, his background, and what you should...

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Lesson 2

Playing Style

Don Ross talks about the way he plays and how he got started in his particular style....

Length: 14:09
Lesson 3

Finger Assignments

Don Ross takes some time to talk about where he places each right hand finger while playing...

Length: 9:10
Lesson 4

Travis Picking

Don Ross talks about fingerpicking patterns with a focus on Travis Picking. He explains...

Length: 22:55
Lesson 5

Travis Picking Part...

Don Ross dives into Travis Picking once more. This time, he specifically focuses on patterns...

Length: 14:10
Lesson 6

Travis Picking Part...

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

Length: 9:21
Lesson 7

Thumb and Brush

Having thoroughly explored Travis picking, Don Ross now takes some time to talk about...

Length: 12:27
Lesson 8

Altered Vs. Open Tunings:...

Don Ross takes a couple lessons to talk about altered tunings and open tunings. In this...

Length: 8:05
Lesson 9

Altered Vs. Open Tunings:...

Don Ross now discusses open tunings. Open tunings get their name because the open strings...

Length: 18:40
Lesson 10

Open G Tuning

Don Ross talks more about open G tuning and how to make it more applicable to your playing...

Length: 13:46
Lesson 11

Open D Tuning

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

Length: 17:44
Lesson 12

Open C Tuning

In this lesson, Don Ross explains open C tuning. As with the G and D tuning lessons, he...

Length: 26:48
Lesson 13

DADGAD Tuning

Don Ross looks at DADGAD tuning in this lesson. He explores different ways to play, how...

Length: 17:56
Lesson 14

Harmonic DADGAD

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

Length: 11:19
Lesson 15

DADGAD and Travis Picking

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

Length: 10:58
Lesson 16

DADGAD Chord Voicings

Don Ross takes a final look at DADGAD tuning in this lesson. This time, he explores some...

Length: 10:41
Lesson 17

CGCGAD Tuning

Don Ross takes a look at a unique and beautiful tuning, CDCGAD, or in Don's words, the...

Length: 14:35
Lesson 18

Brooke's Waltz Part...

Don Ross takes a look at the first part of his original song "Brooke's Waltz". This song...

Length: 17:44
Lesson 19

Brooke's Waltz Part...

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

Length: 12:05
Lesson 20

Brooke's Waltz Part...

Don Ross finishes up the trio of lesson on his song "Brooke's Waltz". This time around...

Length: 15:43
Lesson 21

Extending Harmony

In this lesson, Don talks about how you can use simple music theory to add colorful extensions...

Length: 18:41
Lesson 22

Upright & Locked Position...

Don Ross delves into one of his sweeter melodies - "Upright & Locked Position". In this...

Length: 18:22
Lesson 23

Upright & Locked Position...

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

Length: 8:49
Lesson 24

Upright & Locked Position...

Don Ross returns to his song "Upright & Locked Position" and teaches the C part. He then...

Length: 18:39
Lesson 25

Harmonics Part 1

Harmonics sound awesome, and no player's arsenal is complete without this versatile technique....

Length: 13:19
Lesson 26

Slap and Brush Harmonics

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

Length: 8:36
Lesson 27

The Ripple Effect

Don Ross teaches a harmonic technique he calls the "ripple effect". This technique was...

Length: 11:43
Lesson 28

The Ripple Effect Part...

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

Length: 9:04
Fingerstyle

This series is all about fostering the ability for your fingers to play independent of each other. Mastering this skill will give your playing a living, organic feel and open up previously unimaginable doors. During this process you will also learn two of Don Ross' songs, both perfect for showing off to your family.

Lesson 1

Introduction to the...

Don Ross introduces the series, and talks about exactly what you will learn. He also demonstrates...

Length: 6:25
Lesson 2

Breaking out of Typical...

In this lesson Don Ross introduces the concept of polyrhythms, or playing two different...

Length: 7:07
Lesson 3

Polyrhythmic Picking...

Don Ross introduces a 3 against 2 polyrhythm. He starts off by demonstrating how to get...

Length: 14:40
Lesson 4

Playing 3 Against 2...

It's time to take the 3 against 2 polyrhtyhm one step further. In the previous lesson...

Length: 8:34
Lesson 5

Playing 3 Against 2...

Don Ross ups the complexity of the 3 against 2 polyrhythm he has been teaching. The fun...

Length: 6:11
Lesson 6

Playing 3 Against 2...

These polyrhythm exercises are really starting to get interesting. Don complicates the...

Length: 11:31
Lesson 7

Polyrhythmic Picking...

It's time to graduate to a new polyrythmic pattern: 4 against 3. Think of this as 3 against...

Length: 18:21
Lesson 8

4 Against 3 Part 2

It's practice time! Get your guitar out and follow along to learn how to apply the 4 against...

Length: 5:08
Lesson 9

4 Against 3 Part 3

Don once again returns to the mesmerizing world of 4 against 3 polyrhythms. This time...

Length: 7:18
Lesson 10

4 Against 3 Part 4

Head up! We are almost there! This is the last exercise in the 4 against 3 polyrhythm...

Length: 14:25
Lesson 11

Using Polyrhythms in...

In this quick yet powerful lesson, Don demonstrates how polyrhythm can be used in musical...

Length: 13:29
Lesson 12

Stop Driving, Start...

Now that you have a basic understanding of polyrhythm, it's time to move on to a song....

Length: 18:27
Lesson 13

Stop Driving, Start...

Don Ross teaches the first 8 bars of his original song "Stop Driving, Start Playing."

Length: 22:35
Lesson 14

Stop Driving, Start...

Don Ross teaches the second 8 bars of his song "Stop Driving, Start Playing."

Length: 32:18
Lesson 15

Stop Driving, Start...

Don Ross moves on and starts teaching the B section of his hit song, "Stop Driving, Start...

Length: 14:18
Lesson 16

Stop Driving, Start...

Don Ross moves on and teaches the rest of the B section of his song "Stop Driving, Start...

Length: 22:10
Lesson 17

Understanding the Relative...

In this lesson Don Ross talks about the concept of relative major and relative minor....

Length: 14:21
Lesson 18

Using the Relative Keys...

In this lesson Don Ross takes the concept of the relative minor and major keys and demonstrates...

Length: 11:29
Lesson 19

Relative Minor and Major...

Don will discuss how the relative minor and major keys can be used with alternate tunings....

Length: 10:01
Lesson 20

Reviewing the Ripple...

Don Ross reviews the ultra-cool technique commonly known as "The Ripple Effect." This...

Length: 8:47
Lesson 21

Cup of Pop Tunings:...

It's time to start learning the song "Cup of Pop," as it is an excellent way to reinforce...

Length: 10:12
Lesson 22

The Ripple Effect in...

Before we can learn the song "Cup of Pop" we need to make sure we can play "The Ripple...

Length: 3:05
Lesson 23

Ripple and Tap Technique

"The Ripple Effect" is insanely cool on it's own, but insanely cool isn't good enough...

Length: 8:14
Lesson 24

Ripple and Tap in Double-time

Don Ross takes the "Ripple and Tap" technique from the last lesson and demonstrates how...

Length: 4:31
Lesson 25

Cup of Pop A Section

Don Ross teaches the first section of his hit tune, "Cup of Pop." Limber up your hands,...

Length: 44:03
Lesson 26

Cup of Pop B Section

Don Ross launches into the B section of his illustrious and highly difficult song, "Cup...

Length: 18:58
Lesson 27

Cup of Pop C Section...

In this lesson Don Ross takes a look at one of the signature moments from "Cup of Pop,"...

Length: 9:07
Lesson 28

Cup of Pop D Section

Don Ross returns to the song "Cup of Pop" to teach the venerated D section. This comes...

Length: 7:31
Lesson 29

Cup of Pop E Section...

It's time to return to the original tuning for the song. Don discusses the E section in...

Length: 5:57
Lesson 30

Cup of Pop Ending

"All good things must end" may sound rather cliche, yet at the end of this fabulous song...

Length: 10:52