How the lessons work
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 work for you . All of our correspondence will be archived for your reference and only you have access to this area. If you would rather not sign up as a member you can purchase individual lesson downloads.
Level 1 membership gives you access to the entire site including;
Level 2 membership gives you access to all of the above plus;
Soon, we will offering individual lessons for downloading.
The music and the site
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My aim is to keep the site simple to use and keep the focus on the music and learning. I have organized the libraries into two main stylistic areas: COUNTRY BLUES and MODERN FINGERSTYLE. The Country Blues section in the library 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 repertoire and ideas. Both the Video and audio libraries are loosely structured and allows the freedom to move into more than one style and designed as a repertoire approach to learn the concepts of the various musical styles. 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 clip of my workshops to interviews and performances dealing with a wide array of topics ann discussions. With the addition of the discussion forum we can connect with each other as well as 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. Whether you decide to study on your own or privately with me I hope this site provides you with inspiration to further your music. If you have any questions please email me. Thanks, Woody