Why I wrote this book
This is my first book published through my friends at Fundamental Changes. I wanted to delve deep into the huge genre known as Americana – a genre that includes Country Blues, American Folk, Country, Bluegrass and much more. These musics are hugely responsible for the development of guitar music as we know it and in this volume I’ve created over 100 short style studies focusing on key players from all the sub-genres of Americana. Country blues picking exercises sit alongside Carter Picking, Tony Rice style bluegrass licks sit alongside Travis picking exercises.
What is in the book?
This book studies many of the artists who have shaped the Americana scene and the sound of guitar in general. There are chapters on essential techniques for playing Americana from basic strumming all the way through to Carter picking, Travis picking and Bluegrass playing. Each exercise features an accompanying MP3 recording (over 120 exercises and MP3s) and at the end of it all there are four full length Americana band tracks with guitar parts for you to learn from – when you have learned the parts you can play along with the ‘minus guitar’ backing tracks. This book features both acoustic and electric guitar styles, fingerpicking, strumming and picking.
Who is this for?
This book is for anyone who is looking to expand their understanding of how this huge genre works. You’ll be studying the styles of well known names like Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen whilst learning about the pioneers who shaped the genre – figures like Lester Flatt, Tony Rice, Maybelle Carter, Elizabeth Cotten and many more. In addition you’ll learn about the styles of some of the pivotal artists within the Americana genre, everyone from Jason Isbell and The Civil Wars to Steve Earle, Gillian Welch and many more!