MEMBERSHIP: There are two ways to sign up for lessons: as a level 1 or level 2 student.
Level 1 membership gives you full access to all areas of the site including the complete video and audio repertoire library, technique classes, workshop & performance videos, curriculum suggestions, and the discussion forum.
The second option is to sign up as a "private student", or level 2 membership. As a private student, in addition to full access to the site you will have your own private page for individually tailored lessons. Here we will have an ongoing correspondence along with two video & audio exchanges each month. The focus is on your interests at a pace that works for you. All of our correspondence will be archived for your reference and only you have access to this area. To get started, you can send me a short video or audio clip as an introduction and we’ll begin the lessons. Uploading videos is very easy (you don’t have to know much about computers!).
DOWNLOADS: This is a separate part of the site for students who would prefer to purchase and download individual lessons and lesson "sets" .
Whether you decide to study on your own or privately with me I hope this site provides you with inspiration to further your music. - Woody
Here are the two tiers of memberships as described in the
Level 1 membership gives you access to the entire site including;
Level 2 membership gives you access to all of the above plus;
Single lessons and lesson "sets" are available without signing up as a member.
My aim is to keep the site simple to use and the focus on the music and learning. I have organized the repertoire libraries into two main stylistic areas: COUNTRY BLUES and MODERN FINGERSTYLE. The Country Blues section consists of original blues repertoire based on the playing styles of the masters of Country Blues. The material ranges from the basics of fingerpicking to more complex arrangements. The "Modern Fingerstyle" section is wide open in terms of styles and sounds - from traditional approaches to contemporary sounds. Both the Video and audio libraries are loosely structured and allows the freedom to move into more than one style. They are designed as a repertoire approach to learning new techniques and developing your playing. The videos are filmed with multiple camera angles and include a slowed down split-screen section as well as accompanying PDFs of the music and tablature. There is also a "Techniques & Approaches" video library that deal with a variety of related topics, as well as a ”Curriculum Tracks” page that will help guide you through a graded approach to various levels of study - from beginners to advanced. The "Workshops, Performances and Kitchen Sessions"area of the site is where I post a wide range of videos ranging from clips from my workshops to interviews and performances dealing with a wide array of topics and discussions. The discussion forum is the place we can connect with a world wide community of like-minded musicians.
About my music and teaching
My music is an amalgamation of many influences and styles from the early Country blues traditions to modern jazz. I learned from and played with many incredible musicians – from the early blues masters to jazz greats, folk and country artists to Brazilian and gypsy players. I was lucky to study privately with Rev. Gary Davis and Lennie Tristano, two incredible musicians and teachers. Their inspiration is always a part of my music as well as my own teaching. I don't think in categories when describing my music, but I suppose the closest description might be modern fingerstyle with roots in the country blues. Fingerstyle is not a musical style. It is simply an umbrella term that can include the sounds of folk, blues, ragtime, jazz, country, Brazilian, Celtic (to name a few), and the playing styles of artists ranging from Doc Watson, Blind Blake, Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson, Skip James, Charlie Christian, Chet Aktins and Wes Montgomery (to name a few). My teaching represents a wide ranging repertoire of tunes and master classes on techniques and improvisation, all to use as a toolbox to explore your own creativity.
I enjoy teaching. It has always been a part of my musical life. I have published many books and instructional DVDs, been a visiting artist at Universities, and taught at workshops throughout the world. This website gives me the opportunity to further my ideas as a teacher and share what I have learned over the years. I look forward to growing the site together and exploring the possibilities. If you have any questions please email me. Enjoy the music! - Woody