12 Bar Fingerpicking Etude (Guitar Lesson)


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Marcelo Berestovoy

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!

Taught by Marcelo Berestovoy in Fingerstyle Guitar seriesLength: 6:51Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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Brig07Brig07 replied on September 18th, 2016

Thanks for such a great lesson! I truly enjoy following your instructions and you make each lesson just so engaging.

michiganbluesmichiganblues replied on September 6th, 2015

Marcello, you make your courses interesting and easy to learn. Great job.

thomas5105thomas5105 replied on May 27th, 2015

Hi Marcelo. I love yours lessons

chachochacho replied on October 26th, 2014

ditto that, could the responsible jam play people sort out this mess with the supplemental as it's unfair on us and Marcelo when we are trying to follow step by step his excellent lessons.

jwtjrjwtjr replied on October 5th, 2014

Hi Marcelo, love the lessons .However, please update the tab to match the lesson for lesson 3. I'm trying like crazy to figure it out but so far I can't. Homespun tapes lessons have a habit of tab that clearly does not match. I know you are better than that.

Marcelo1Marcelo1 replied on October 9th, 2014

Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately I'm not in charge of the supplemental content so all I can do (and already did!) is report this problem, forward your comment and hope it gets fixed soon.

stiff fat fingersstiff fat fingers replied on September 19th, 2014

Hi Marcelo , really enjoying the lesson , ,but in lesson 3 the D string thumb notes are missing from the supplemental tab.. could you update please.

SodaPopSodaPop replied on September 13th, 2014

nice take on something I did in hawkeye's lesson. i like it!

alfrednoelalfrednoel replied on September 8th, 2014

Thanks Marcelo.......I like your easy step by step approach to fingerstyle. The exercise samples sound great. I could be wrong, but it would seem that the supplemental does not coicide with what you are demonstrating. I found it difficult to practice with the supplemental.

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.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Marcelo welcomes you to his Fingerstyle Guitar series.

Length: 5:13 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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

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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