Award-winning instrumentalist Rob Ickes has created a comprehensive course to help you master all aspects of the resonator guitar, from bar technique to fingerpicking rolls. He covers everything you'll need to hold your own in a bluegrass band, from fine-tuning the strings to achieving good tone, timing and volume control.
Bar technique is the key to good slide playing, and Rob shows hammer-ons and pull-offs, string muting, "tilting" technique for cleaner sounds and the special hand positions necessary to play forward and reverse bar slants. Banjo-like forward and reverse rolls provide important workouts for developing a smooth right hand, enabling you to play a basic melody along with added notes to fill out the arrangement.
With Jim Hurst on guitar and vocals, you'll learn how to play back-up rhythm and fills behind a vocalist, create effective solos and a myriad of other important topics. He teaches or demonstrates several great tunes, including Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Dixie Hoedown, Ol' Dangerfield, Sailin' To Hawaii, Monrobro, Reuben, How great Thou Art and Flat Lonesome.
Whether you want to play bluegrass or explore country, blues, Hawaiian or other styles, these DVDs will get you on the right track- fast.