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Teaching has always been a part of my professional musical life. This site gives me the opportunity to widen my reach as a teacher and a forum to further develop my musical ideas. My goal is to keep the site easy to navigate so the focus stays on the music. I have put together a video and audio library of repertoire and techniques geared to various levels of playing. The library is organized in two broad stylistic areas: Country Blues and Modern Fingerstyle. The "Country Blues" section consists of 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 and designed as a repertoire approach for developing new techniques. 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. 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 deals with a variety of related topics including a music theory and guitar harmony series. The Curriculum Tracks page has suggestions to help guide you through a graded approach to various levels of study - from beginners to advanced. There is also a Workshops, Performances and Kitchen Sessions area of the site is where I post a wide range of videos -from clips from my workshops to interviews to informal performances. 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 including blues masters, jazz greats, folk and country artists, Brazilian and gypsy players. I was lucky to study privately with Reverend 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 improvisation with roots in the country blues. I use the word "fingerstyle" not as a genre but as as 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). In this site, I have put together my teaching ideas through a wide ranging library of repertoire and master classes on techniques and improvisation - all to use as a toolbox to explore your own creativity.
Please visit the membership page for how to study. Thanks, and hope to see you soon. Enjoy the music! Woody
Lesson preview: "Top Hat"