Fingerstyle One Step at a Time (Guitar Lesson)

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Marcelo Berestovoy

Fingerstyle One Step at a Time

In this lesson, Marcelo teaches us the foundation of his whole fingerstyle series. Learn each step to the classic Travis-style picking pattern, and before you know it, you will be sounding like a pro!

Taught by Marcelo Berestovoy in Fingerstyle Guitar seriesLength: 17:21Difficulty: 1.5 of 5

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DavidLittyDavidLitty replied

Thank you Marcelo. I've tried to teach myself from books to no avail. Your teaching style, step by step, is great. I find myself not only learning but playing freestyle in the last week. I look forward to the rest of this course.

benhyphenrowebenhyphenrowe replied

Marcelo is may favourite Jam play teacher, he's great

AZLAN47AZLAN47 replied

I'm really enjoying this course...thanks, Marcello.

Gary DrainvilleGary Drainville replied

No comments since July? Thanks Marcelo, enjoying your teaching style! Thanks

LSCalgaryLSCalgary replied

Hi Marcelo! I have been waiting to get to your courses. I had to work on the basics first but now I am so excited to get started!! :)

mobidevjcmobidevjc replied

I’m very pleased with this course. Thanks Marcelo.

BlakeSollerBlakeSoller replied

This is exactly what I have been looking for in a guitar teacher. Slow methodical instruction but continues progressing to more interesting material.

GirlGreenGirlGreen replied

I cannot believe how much I've learned by just watching the first part of this video. My life is that bit more complete. I'm totally psyched to complete this series!!!

efrenishefrenish replied

I'm motivated to learn this style of guitar. So beautiful

mitchrtmitchrt replied

Can we get tabs for the patterns?

deb.cawleydeb.cawley replied

You will find the tab and notations under the Supplemental button under the video lesson.

iscottniscottn replied

Hey Mitch -- I don't know if you ever got your question answered .... but since I had the same question, I just called and spoke to Deb and found out that you can find the tabs for this, and any lesson by hitting the 'Supplemental' button. Hope this helps!

ErnestoMErnestoM replied

Marcelo is the best teacher on JamPlay. The way he breaks down and reconstructs technique is very easy to follow. Excellent teacher.

maxim750maxim750 replied

followed flamenco now this brilliant teacher but please more flamenco form marcelo

mistaleafmistaleaf replied

This Guy is the business... I have learn more off him in two days than I have in months anywhere else.. Thankyou Marcelo.. great lessons.

dro294dro294 replied

Marcelo I enjoyed the lesson very much. Started once before but got lost; now I am back hoping to get some traction to keep on going. I am in education too and like your relaxed style plus the side bars about tension.

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

Sometimes it takes more than one try. I'm glad you came back to it!

ErnestoMErnestoM replied

Marcelo is an excellent teacher. Very easy to understand. Clearly knows his stuff-he makes is look easy.

bassomatic22bassomatic22 replied

I really like Marcelo's personality and methodic method of teaching. His style is warm and makes you feel less pressured and is relaxing to watch. He's very likeable and I appreciate his down-to-earth style of communication. An EXCELLENT teacher, I would highly recommend his classes.

flo07flo07 replied

Merci Marcelo c'est vraiment très beau. J'ai enfin compris, maintenant je dois gagner en vitesse!

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

Vous êtes les bienvenus. Pour la vitesse je suggère ceci: Pratiquez le motif pendant 3 minutes chaque jour pendant 10 jours. Si vous avez des questions viennent à l'un de mes sessions en direct Regardez le calendrier de votre fuseau horaire

SteveABSteveAB replied

This is really good. Took me 2 days to be able to get the pattern going with my right hand. But well worth the effort. Really enjoying this series.

binaarybinaary replied

Really confused on finding 1A 1B Etc.

iscottniscottn replied

Hey Binary: If you're still around (I see the post is older) ....... Mitch and I had the same question, here was my response to Mitch ... Hey Mitch -- I don't know if you ever got your question answered .... but since I had the same question, I just called and spoke to Deb and found out that you can find the tabs for this, and any lesson by hitting the 'Supplemental' button. Hope this helps!

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

When we did the shoot I had my examples numbered that way but Jamplay decided to use using their own transcription of my lesson (Which has a lot more info than my original notes). Just ignore that and follow the video and supplemental material

CasaDeBlissCasaDeBliss replied

I'm still looking for 1A, 1B, etc. But otherwise I'm enjoying this series.

famattjrfamattjr replied

Me too, hard to follow what 1B really was

famattjrfamattjr replied

Hard to understand why they can't just add tab for these 1st few excercises

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

When we did the shoot I had my examples numbered that way but Jamplay decided to use using their own transcription of my lesson (Which has a lot more info than my original notes). Just ignore that and follow the video and supplemental material

araujoaoaraujoao replied

Love the series. Amazing how you introduced complex concepts so easily. Thanks a lot

mwallamwalla replied

Easily my favorite series and teacher thus far. Thank you!

johnlindseyjohnlindsey replied

Marcelo, thank you so much for doing this series.

Mark603Mark603 replied

You refer to examples 1A, 1B, 1D, etc........I don't see those under the supplemental information? Thanks

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied

When we did the shoot I had my examples numbered that way but Jamplay decided to use using their own transcription of my lesson (Which has a lot more info than my original notes). Just ignore that and follow the video and supplemental material

fizzyfizzy replied

Very nice breakdown, thanks!

bublicklbublickl replied

Sounds nice. How do you count this? 1 2& 3& 4 or 1 2& 3& 4& with the note at the end?

jwtjrjwtjr replied

Great teaching I hope there is more of the same in the works

garrett7120garrett7120 replied

my muscles have altimerzs

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AaronMillerAaronMiller replied

LOVING this series!

Fingerstyle Guitar

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Marcelo Berestovoy returns to JamPlay with his Fingerstyle Guitar series. Learn the style of the greats like Merle Travis and Chet Atkins with Marcelo's one step at a time method.

Series IntroductionLesson 1

Series Introduction

Marcelo welcomes you to his Fingerstyle Guitar series.

Length: 5:13 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Fingerstyle One Step at a TimeLesson 2

Fingerstyle One Step at a Time

In this lesson, Marcelo teaches us the foundation of his whole fingerstyle series. Learn each step to the classic Travis-style picking pattern, and before you know it, you will be sounding like a pro!

Length: 17:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
12 Bar Fingerpicking EtudeLesson 3

12 Bar Fingerpicking Etude

Taking each of the fingerstyle steps, Marcelo now puts them into a 12 bar etude to get the most out of your practice time!

Length: 6:51 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Fingerpicking Different Chord ShapesLesson 4

Fingerpicking Different Chord Shapes

So far, Marcelo has had you concentrate on fingerpicking over the same shapes of chords. Now, he's going to show you how to take what you know, and apply it over many different chord shapes.

Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Fingerpicking with MelodyLesson 5

Fingerpicking with Melody

Now that you've got a good grasp of the fingerpicking pattern over chords, it's time to add a melody line on top of the progression!

Length: 13:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Sheik of Araby - Fingerpicking LessonLesson 6

The Sheik of Araby - Fingerpicking Lesson

Marcelo has played this stellar original arrangement of the standard tune, "The Sheik of Araby" for years. Now, here he is to teach you his version, incorporating the fingerstyle techniques you've already...

Length: 18:12 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Reverse ArpeggiosLesson 7

Reverse Arpeggios

Fingerpicking arpeggios in a forward manner is a natural motion for most of us. In this lesson, Marcelo takes on the less comfortable motion of playing arpeggios in the reverse motion.

Length: 14:28 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Horizontal Intervals EtudeLesson 8

Horizontal Intervals Etude

This is a great exercise that will train you to use only certain fingers on your fingerpicking hand.

Length: 7:40 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Song Lesson - SolaceLesson 9

Song Lesson - Solace

Marcelo now teaches us his original fingerstyle arrangement of the classic Scott Joplin song, "Solace".

Length: 22:24 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Right Hand TechniqueLesson 10

Right Hand Technique

What is the difference between free strokes and rest strokes? Marcelo teaches a great lesson here on the difference between the two and focuses on how to get the most out of the rest stroke technique!

Length: 12:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Marcelo Berestovoy

About Marcelo Berestovoy View Full Biography This Latino artist, composer and guitarist, has inspired a new musical trend that he has called “Southern World Music”. This innovative mix of sounds is a blend of the tango from Argentina, flamenco from the south of Spain, and several musical styles from Southern California. Marcelo has done live presentations and recorded with artists like Ricky Martin, Selena, Leon Gieco, Daniela Romo, Sergio Arau and Bebu Silvetti to name a few. In television, he accompanied stars such as Jorge Moreno, Grammy Award winner in 2002 in the “Best New Artist” category. He also composed the song “Gitano Corazon”, recorded by Natalia Oreiro in her album “Tu Veneno”. This album was nominated in the Latino Grammy Award 2001 in the category of “Best Female Pop Album”. He is co-author of the song “One Heart” with Steven Segal, Larry King and Tommy Coster. His musical talent has been shown in movies including “Dirt”, “The Mexican”, “Un Pedazo de Tierra” and “Paulie”. He has participated in television shows, concerts and kick-off parties for movies like “Mission Impossible II” and “The Disapearance of Garcia Lorca”.

Marcelo was born and raised in Argentina. He says he felt a passion for the music since he was about 11 years old when he started to take guitar lessons. His father had a lot of influence in his love for music. Together they used to play the songs that Marcelo wrote. His father always took him to listen to jazz. At this time, listening to jazz gave Marcelo another perspective since he was a rock fanatic. His motivation was first the Beatles and then Charly and Spinetta “the skinny”. Marcelo recalls that by the age of 18, he was playing in different places throughout Buenos Aires, Argentina. He would play four to five nights a week with different groups or to accompany solo singers.

His decision to come to Los Angeles was motivated by his interest in jazz. In 1985, he came to study to GIT and he never returned to Argentina. Marcelo currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his lovely wife and son. He performs live at several local places. In addition to playing the guitar and composing, Marcelo teaches in the “Musicians Institute”, one of the most prestigious in the music world.

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