Start your fingerstyle foray under the tutelage of a world-class player. Mike Dawes teaches you to go from a fingerstyle newbie to playing some of his most advanced compositions. 40 lessons to both inspire and challenge any guitarist, exclusively from JamPlay.
This course applies to all skill levels.. from the beginner player starting to discover modern fingerstyle techniques, to the seasoned veteran looking to add more dynamic and versatility to their craft. Mike will begin by building the foundation needed to tackle his hypnotic style, then challenge you with song excerpts, exercises and more.
Lessons in this Series:
Introduction to the Course
Mike Dawes introduces you to his inspirational course. He talks about what you will learn, and what you need to know. Buckle up and get ready for the ride.
Mike Dawes Gear
From fingernails to pickups, take a close look at the gear that helps Mike create his unique, beautiful sound.
Travis Picking Technique
Time for a technique overview! Mike walks through the basics of Travis picking to set a good foundation for what’s to come.
Travis Picking Part 2
Mike demonstrates travis picking over the 12-bar blues, a perfect context to get your fingers wrapped around this technique.
Travis Picking Licks
Learn a lead accompaniment inspired by the late Jerry Reed. This travis picked lick works great over the 12-bar blues.
Travis Picking Combined
Taking the parts learned in the last two lessons, Mike demonstrates them separately, then we overlay them to hear what they sound like together.
DADGAD: Scales and Control
DADGAD offers a great stepping stone out of standard tuning. Mike introduces scales and warm-ups to familiarize yourself
DADGAD: Right Hand Control
Now that we are comfortable with scales in our left hand, Mike introduces right hand exercises that will increase strength and control.
DADGAD: Movable Shapes
When you changed into DADGAD, it probably felt like you lost your chord shapes. Mike eases you into the change by teaching shapes for this tuning.
DADGAD: Favorite Chords
Continuing with movable shapes, Mike introduces some of his favorite chord shapes that have proven useful in his own songwriting.
So far, we’ve taken a very technical and theoretical approach to DADGAD. Let’s start making music. Mike teaches a beautiful, celtic composition.
Extracting a section from “Somewhere Home”, Mike puts DADGAD tuning to good use. Beware: this song utilizes hammer-ons, trills, and modulates.
Mike starts into some more advanced techniques, starting with harmonics. These tools are sure to make your playing rise above the fray.
Harmonics with Chords
Learning to blend harmonics into chords and melodies is next level! Mike teaches an exercise that introduces harmonics into a chord environment.
Introduction to Tapping
Tapping is an useful technique to extend melodies beyond basic fingerpicking. Mike introduces the concept and introduces an exercise.
Find out how an accident led to Mike discovering a whole new approach to tapping. Lap tapping is an effective to know your fretboard even better.
Lap Tapping Part 2
As Mike continues his exploration into horizontal tapping, he breaks down the first section of his song, Still, for a practical study of this technique.
Lap Tapping Licks
Mike introduces a new, untitled lap tapping riff. We’re still hanging out in E minor, but this riff will help increase speed and precision with your tapping.
Acoustic Tapping Harmonies
Time to put your guitar back in the upright position. Mike starts to delve into some more advanced tapping techniques, including harmonization and percussion.
Advanced Acoustic Workout
In this “ridiculously, hectic” exercise, Mike takes some familiar shapes and turns them into a beautiful, challenging workout for anyone brave enough to join him.