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Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals, Vol. 2: Creating Your Own Arrangements
Martin Simpson was born in England where he began performing as a young man. He had the opportunity to hear and learn from such musicians as Nick Jones and Christy Moore. He eventually moved to the States and has successfully recorded many tunes since his arrival. On this video, the second of a three-tape set, Martin shares his skills with students who are able to play at the intermediate to advanced level. He uses arrangements in alternate tunings to help teach viewers how to learn to arrange songs on their own. Martin plays the song "Jock O'Hazeldine," a Celtic tune in dropped-D, to illustrate how players should first isolate the basic melody before filling out the arrangement to add special flair to the tune. Other techniques are taught with additional songs. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi

Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals, Vol. 1: Arrangements in Alternative Tunings
Martin Simpson has toured with everyone from June Tabor to Steve Miller. He continues to grow as an artist, allowing rock, jazz, R&B, and eastern music to influence his acoustic guitar stlye. In this video geared to intermediate-level students, Martin discusses how students should try and make the most of every melody. The artful usage of vibrato is reviewed, as well as the banjo frailing techniques that have often been a part of his style. Simpson teaches students how to play "dropped-D" and "altered-G" tunings while performing several songs. Songs include "Pretty Saro," "Santa Cruz," and "Long Steel Rail." ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi

Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals, Vol. 3: Developing Style and Repertoire
Martin Simpson is a successful acoustic guitarist who has played with a number of other outstanding performers in his native England and the United States. On this third video in a three-tape series, Simpson provides instruction for students at the intermediate to advanced level. He begins his teaching by playing "My Generous Lover." He then moves on to "Betsy the Serving Maid," first teaching the basic melody before demonstrating how students can add other elements such as bass notes, harmonies, chordal structure, and percussive beats. Additional songs are played in an effort to display important techniques that viewers can use to develop their own playing style. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi

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