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These wonderful lessons by one of today's most admired fingerstyle players are filled with invaluable insights into playing in Celtic style, from strongly syncopated rhythm strokes to the ringing, harp-like sounds of "cross-string" picking. You'll master the notes and chords in DADGAD, as well as standard, dropped D, open G and low C tunings. Al explains how to play the modal scales that feature strongly in this kind of music, which allow you to improvise within the genre, and he provides important exercises for gaining maximum fluidity in all of your guitar playing. You'll learn to play exquisite arrangements using droning bass notes, slides, bends, trills and other guitar tricks to imitate the haunting sounds of harps and pipes.Reviews:
"Anyone interested in trying DADGAD tuning and/or Celtic style guitar playing, this two video series is a must! ... Mr. Petteway's personal technique is impressive as he makes each piece look easy and fun to play. His playing style is fluent and graceful and his compositions both emotional and inspiring to listen to. Lots of new ideas can be generated from this video for broadening your own creativity and composing skills. I was searching for a direction in my personal playing style, and thanks to Al Petteway, I think I found it!" -- Guitar News Weekly
"Al Petteway is quickly building a catalogue of some of the most beautiful instrumental guitar work ever recorded." -- Dirty Linen MagazineStudent Review:
"I've bought a lot of your products over the years as I play numerous instruments. The 2 DVD set by Al is probably the best one I've got. More than any other artist/instructor I've viewed, Al is a born teacher and his style is right on when it comes to getting the important part (not the fingering) of the lessons over to the viewer.... If you could get him back for an encore I know for sure I'd buy 'em!" -- Jim Janssen
"... thanks for helping me get my musical passion back. I recently bought your DVDs on Homespun Tapes - I was looking for some inspiration after a 5 year absence from playing guitar.... I just wanted to say that I really love your DVDs - some lovely tunes but more importantly for me, your enthusiasm for music in general just flows off the disc. It was a great experience for me, as watching you talk and play kick started me back into that zone where I can get excited about my own music again.... So I guess I'm just trying to say - thanks for the inspiration." -- David Mason, Scotland