A Flatpicker's Guide to Better Playing

Russ Barenberg

Tone, Timing, Improvisation & More

90-minute Video + Music & Tab on pdf file
  • Code:DLBARAG21
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

A good flatpick guitarist is much more than someone who plays all the right notes. The player who stands out in a crowd exhibits a combination of skill and musicianship that makes the music come alive and leaves the listener craving to hear more.

This lesson will help make you the best guitarist you can be. Russ Barenberg shows you how to achieve good tone, keep solid time, use accents and syncopation, improve articulation and improvise freely and creatively. By applying these universal principals, your guitar will sound better and you'll be playing at a more professional level in no time.

Russ imparts a wealth of advice, providing practice techniques and detailed instruction in basic improvisation that will benefit all players, from novices to experts. He dissects a well-known tune, O! Susanna, showing in step-by-step detail how to start with the simplest melody and end up with a full-blown improvised solo.

As you develop new instrumental skills, you'll learn a variety of great tunes, including For J.L., Old Joe Clark, Dominion Reel, Prince Charlie and Cowboy Calypso.


Bernard M 2 years, 2 months ago

This guitar lesson is worth it if only for the tracks For JL. This piece is incredibly beautiful. It is accessible, we can thanks to a looper, have fun to mix the melody and a simple line of improvisation. I feel overwhelmed when I play this song.
Good the rest of the lesson is sitting very good.

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jp 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Is the for jl played with happy traum playing the background fingerstyle?

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jp 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I have seen a tape for jl
and I want to learn how to play the tune but I would like to learn the version that Russ Barenberg played with HappyTRaum

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