Fingerstyle Guitar With Don Ross

Fingerstyle (AKA Fundamentals) with Don Ross

I’ve been trying out the JamPlay video course, Fingerstyle With Don Ross, and I have to say, it’s really good.  For a few reasons:

  • Don is a really likable guy.
  • He’s very clear in his teaching and easy to follow.
  • The exercises build in a sensible and achievable way.
  • The technical side of the course (audio/video quality, etc.) is all high quality.

The Real Reason

I’ve played finger style acoustic guitar for a while, but what strikes me in this course is how much room there is for improvement in fundamental techniques.

For example: 

Ross does a nice job in the opening lessons of building up to an intermediate level fingerpicking pattern.  Thumb and three fingers working a Travis picking pattern over G – Em – C – Am.  Shouldn’t be too much of a challenge, right?  Au contraire, mon frere!

When Ross plays, it sounds flawless, evenly timed, and with great tone.  When I tried to follow along?  Well… let’s it was less than flawless.  Keeping consistent time across the chord changes proved to be harder than I expected.

So I’ll be finishing up the course over the next couple weeks.  Evidently I need to work on my fundamentals.  And as Michael Jordan once said,

“Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”
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Screenshot from Video Course.

More info on Don Ross here:  www.gobyfish.com