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Tom Collins | Comments Off on Beyond the Brush: Cripple Creek (Part 1)

Beyond the Brush: Cripple Creek (Part 1)

Beyond the Brush: Cripple Creek (Part 1)

Description: Beginning claw hammer arrangements are often dominated by the brush stroke. In this lesson, Tom helps you get away from the norm by transforming Cripple Creek to be more lean allowing you to move beyond the brush stroke.

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Tom Collins | Comments Off on Beyond the Brush: Cripple Creek (Part 2)

Beyond the Brush: Cripple Creek (Part 2)

Beyond the Brush: Cripple Creek (Part 2)

Description: In this lesson, Tom describes the drop thumb pattern as it is associated with Cripple Creek. Tom also moves into the use of an alternate string pull-off to help change the arrangement. Finally, Tom pulls it all together and applies the 3 different techniques discussed during the Beyond the Brush series – double thumbing, […]

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Vic Rawlings | Comments Off on Musicianship – Less is More

Musicianship – Less is More

Musicianship – Less is More

Description: Learn how to move less as Vic shows you how to use less force in your fingers so you can play with more grace. He provides different demonstrations, including the “Buzz” example, so you can lighten up on the strings and improve your playing.

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Vic Rawlings | Comments Off on Musicianship – Hands, Picks, and Strings

Musicianship – Hands, Picks, and Strings

Musicianship – Hands, Picks, and Strings

Description: In this lesson, Vic demonstrates how to properly hold your pick focusing on the relaxed hand and a basic grip. He also describes different picks and strings to use to help improve your musicianship. As Vic mentions, this seems to be a beginner lesson, but many advanced musicians have benefitted from revisiting the essentials […]

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Vic Rawlings | Comments Off on Musicianship – Strumming

Musicianship – Strumming

Musicianship – Strumming

Description: There is actually a hand at the end of the arm! That’s right, to get your rhythm, you need to open things up and strum using your wrist, not just your arm. Vic demonstrates an open rhythm by getting the flow out of your right hand. He then moves into changing chords and the […]

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Vic Rawlings | Comments Off on Musicianship – Control Exercises

Musicianship – Control Exercises

Musicianship – Control Exercises

Description: Don’t be fooled, this exercise may seem a bit simple, but watch close and follow Vic’s suggestions by only having playing presence in any one place at any one time. So, slow it down, loosen up, and get much more control in your fingers! Description: Following up on the 1,2,3,4,3,2,1, the next lesson demonstrates […]

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Vic Rawlings | Comments Off on Musicianship – Body & Facial Expressions

Musicianship – Body & Facial Expressions

Musicianship – Body & Facial Expressions

Description: Can you play without making facial and body expressions? It’s not easy to break bad habits. Listen to the story of an accomplished cellist and make your music come out of your instrument and not your face.

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Vic Rawlings | Comments Off on Musicianship – Notes & Scales

Musicianship – Notes & Scales

Musicianship – Notes & Scales

Description: All of the previous lessons and exercises lead you up to getting your hands in position to play notes. In this lesson, Vic ties it all together as he talks about playing notes and scales following the best practices he’s shown us throughout the series of lessons.

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Rami El-Aasser | Comments Off on Darbukah: Basic Hits

Darbukah: Basic Hits

Darbukah: Basic Hits

Description: In this lesson, Rami gives an overview of the Darbukah including where it originated, what they are made of, and the different names used for the drum. Rami then moves on to Basic Hits where he describes positioning and proper sounds before showing the details of the Dum, the Tek, and the Ka. This […]

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Rami El-Aasser | Comments Off on Darbukah: Rhythm variations for the Maksum

Darbukah: Rhythm variations for the Maksum

Darbukah: Rhythm variations for the Maksum

Description: Description: Rami provides an overview of the Maksum, breaking down different rhythmic versions including a skeleton, strolling, double ka, and mixed versions. He includes the Dum, Tek, and Ka hits while describing the Maksum including the main hits versus the filler hits.

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