He felt that classical music lacked the inclusiveness of folk music, and that the inevitable division between performer and audience was unbearable. And so Randall returned to the world of traveling with his guitar, writing songs in train stations and sleeping on couches, then singing and playing on street corners, cafï, and pubs. For a time he lived aboard a 20' sailboat that he bought for $800, teaching himself how to sail by single-handing through the Baltic and North Seas with his guitar sleeping in the berth beside him at night. He wrote a book about the trip, which begins with the story of almost getting squashed by a tanker before dawn one morning in the North Sea. (More)

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Basic Acoustic Guitar with Randall Williams

Randall Williams guides you through the basics of acoustic guitar.

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Meet Randall Williams in this brief introductory lesson. Learn who he is, his teaching...

Length: 2:13
Lesson 2

Basic Chords & Strums...

Randall starts off by teaching the Em chord and a basic strum to get you going.

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Lesson 3

Basic Chords & Strums...

Randall Williams continues his discussion on basic chords and strums.

Length: 7:22
Lesson 4

The Learning Process

Randall discusses his philosophy on studying the guitar before moving onto some basic...

Length: 4:29
Lesson 5

Your First Song

Randall guides you through your very first song. He teaches a rendition of a current popular...

Length: 6:25
Lesson 6

Song Two

Randall Williams shares another wonderful song in his beginner series. This song should...

Length: 3:10
Lesson 7

Song Three

Randall presents the third song in his beginner series set.

Length: 7:40
Lesson 8

Song Four

Randall Williams shares one last song in his beginner series.

Length: 2:55
Lesson 9

Right-Hand Techniques

Randall Williams talks about basic strums and right-hand techniques in this lesson.

Length: 15:20
Lesson 10

Fingerpicking

Randall continues his extensive coverage of beginner right-hand techniques with a lesson...

Length: 34:17