This time, Don Ross demonstrates Travis patterns with chords that have a root note on the fourth string.
Taught by Don Ross in Fingerstyle with Don Ross seriesLength: 9:21Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Don Ross, an award-winning, Billboard-topping fingerstyle artist, will teach you everything you need to know to get started in fingerstyle guitar.
New fingerstyle instructor Don Ross introduces himself, his background, and what you should expect in this series.Length: 3:54 Difficulty: 0.0 FREE
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 Members Only
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...Length: 9:10 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
This time, Don Ross demonstrates Travis patterns with chords that have a root note on the fourth string.Length: 9:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
Don Ross takes another look at DADGAD and how you can play harmonically in this tuning.Length: 11:19 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Don Ross continues his discussion on DADGAD tuning and brings it all together with Travis picking.Length: 10:58 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
Don Ross moves on and covers the second portion of his original song "Brooke's Waltz".Length: 12:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
Don Ross teaches the B section of his song "Upright & Locked Position".Length: 8:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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 Members Only
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 Members Only
Don Ross talks about "slap" harmonics and "brush" harmonics and how they can be used.Length: 8:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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 Members Only
Don Ross builds on lesson 28 by discussing more ways in which the "ripple effect" can be used.Length: 9:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Don has toured regularly since 1989, across Canada, the USA, a dozen European countries, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia and India. He has played with symphony orchestras in Canada and Germany, and collaborated live and on recording with Andy McKee, Canadian singer/guitarist Brooke Miller, & Toronto bassist Jordan O’Connor. He also composes scores for television, radio and film, and does production and recording engineering for a variety of other musicians. In addition to acoustic guitar, Don also plays electric guitar, slide dobro and lapsteel guitar, voice, piano, keyboards, bass guitar and drums.
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