DVD-Essential Exercises for Fingerstyle Guitar

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An accomplished fingerstyle guitarist needs to have full control of his or her picking hand along with a complete knowledge of the guitar fingerboard. Peter Huttlinger provides you with the advice, practice routines and exercises that will enable you to play with good tone, strict timing and confidence. Pete makes this important topic fun for guitarists at all levels. He starts you off with more than a dozen picking patterns, each one using a different combination of thum… More >>

DVD-Essential Exercises for Fingerstyle Guitar

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  1. The only thing I enjoyed about this DVD was learning “Romanza”. The rest was sheer boredom. Pete has great technical skill but I disliked his delivery.

    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. This DVD lacks any kind of panache, or style. The material is old hat, and can easily be found in many online websites. The presenter seems to convey a kind of holier-than-thou attitude, and makes it seem like he’s doing you a huge favor by showing you the lessons, for a cheap price. Total lack of humility. One of the pieces that he teaches is called “Romanza”, but he fumbles with the history of the piece, while trying to convey that he does know more about the piece than the piece itself. Sincere suggestion: If you don’t know the history of a piece – silence is a better alternative to ignorance! Also, the exercises are extremely common ones, and are definitely not worth the price of the DVD. There are better books with CDs out there that are worth more than this one. The DVD quality is pretty good, though, and the split screen showing both the hands is quite nice. I really wish more teachers would realise that not everyone is right handed, and the verbage is geared more towards the right hand player, rather than the left-hander, or the southpaw. I think guitar teachers should merely refer to the picking/strumming hand, and the playing hand. Overall, very disappointing – save your money, and more importantly, your time!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. This is a round about way of review for this particular dvd. A few years ago, looking at 50, I decided to get serious with the bluegrass banjo or it was not going to happen. I had played “my style” and “played around” Scruggs style but bluegrass is a tradition earned and learned. I started out with video from Murphy Method’s series. A great way to learn even if you have a teacher nearby. Then I found Homespun label videos and paid full price of thirty dollars each, pre-amazonian days. Now all of the material is on DVD and makes for a much more efficient experience. That brings up to this review.

    After playing guitar and banjo forty plus years I did not think I would or could hold onto a flatpick. I acquired three or four dvd’s from Homespun and I amazed myself and friends. I can keep a pick going in some kind of order!One of the videos was Pete’s John Denver’s Volume One. Many folks know Pete H. was the lead guitarist for John Denver for the last four years of his life. I never was a big fan of John D. until learning some of his songs thru the teaching of Pete’s series. I appreciate now that less is more, and one note can make an entire song stand out and be recognized around the world. I grew up in the foothills of Denver and I am right back there in two measures of Rocky Mountain…

    After going thru six DVD’s of above, I tried Pete’s Fingerstyle Practise dvd. Yeah, I have heard much of this before yet not in such a methodical, clear and challenging way from a guitarist of Pete’s caliber. He does not brag about his pro’player or his formal training at Berklee School of Music background. It comes up only in context when making a self deprecating joke on learning theory or his early “know it all” days with John D. etc. I did not think I had much to learn after many years but that only teaches you can always learn new ways, especially from an exceptional teacher as Pete. Even if Pete had not had toured and learned where he did, I would seek his instruction. I have seen many other “teachers” who now want nearly a hundred dollars a month to slowly repeat what they present. As for referring to the left hand or the right hand being insensitive, try taking a few banjo lessons. The “right” hand rules even if it is your particular left hand!

    I highly recommend this study DVD as well as the more general DVD on how to practise by Pete. Well I guess less is more at this point.{Just learned to type and just like reading music notation, Practise slow, get it right. Repeat Pete!}

    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. If you want to learn fingerstyle guitar, you will find no better instructors than the ones at Homespun. Pete Huttlinger and Happy Traum are simply the best to learn from. As to Pete’s teaching:

    Pete insists upon proper practice, proper technique, and discipline. Pete is able to draw the comparison to weight lifting for an athlete. The proper form, though may not seem so impressive, and may be slow, will yield the best results over time. Short cuts may impress people at first, but will leave the athelete incomplete; and the guitar player is no different.

    Pete is one of the rare people that remain humble inspite of being in possession of such a rare gift. His teaching is to be taken slowly. Purchasing one of his DVDs is like signing up for 6 months worth of guitar lessons. It represents excellence at an incredible value.

    Pete’s John Denver songs are wonderful. He is unashamedly a fan of Denver, and many people who only knew the hit songs will be amazed at how talented Denver was as a guitarist.

    This is for an intermediate and above, but if you are an “advanced beginner” who is unafraid to practice slowly, methodically, and carefully, grab the DVD and take 12 months to learn it. It will be more valuable than you could imagine. See his other DVDs here, as well as Happy Traum’s and the Homespun catalog for the best musical instruction in the business.

    When you find something of such value as the Homespun DVDs….sell what you have to purchase and cherish them. Pete Huttlinger is an extraordinary teacher!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. In contrast to a couple of the other reviewers, I found this DVD – as well as each of the others that Pete has done (all of which I also own) to be great learning. Since this DVD is mostly ‘exercises’ (other than the final piece that he teaches you), it can and probably should be a bit boring – but that is what learning is all about. I highly recommend this DVD for early-to-mid level guitarists as invaluable information, both on exercising and also on how to practice to improve your skills.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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