About Tommy Emmanuel’s Fingerstyle Milestones
The definitive fast-track fingerstyle guitar guide
Tommy Emmanuel is indisputably one of the world’s most accomplished fingerstyle guitarists. His compelling musical performances, mesmerizing stage presence, jaw-dropping technique and beaming personality has attracted (if not outright converted) thousands of flat-picking guitarists, across all styles of music, to the art of fingerstyle guitar.
Tommy is also a gifted and passionate educator. For guitarists who are already skilled fingerstyle players, Tommy’s Master Series courses will lift you to the next level. But for those of you that already play guitar and are now anxious to swap your flat pick for a thumbpick, Fingerstyle Milestones is the accelerated learning experience that you’ve been waiting for.
The very first course of its kind from Tommy, Fingerstyle Milestones is ideal for early intermediate to advanced guitar players who are ready to develop finger and thumb independence and explore the polyphonic wonders of fingerstyle guitar.
Tommy’s engaging, hands-on ‘milestone’ teaching approach will guide you through all of the fundamental principles and techniques required to play bass, rhythm and melody parts simultaneously. You’ll play your way through the course material and Tommy will have you up and running quickly without tedious theory or boring exercises.
Tommy has organized the Fingerstyle Milestone curriculum into four sections, each section representing a major milestone in the learning process: ORIENTATION, THUMB & BOOMCHICK, ADDING THE FINGERS and LEARNING SONGS.
SECTION 1: ORIENTATION
Types of Guitars, The Thumbpick, String Tuning & Gauges, Types of Fingerstyle, Hand Size, Memorizing Songs and Learning Timeline.
SECTION 2: THUMB & BOOMCHICK
Bass Parts, Palm Mutes, Angle of the Thumbpick, Open Position Etudes and Playalongs in E and C, Barre Chord Etude and Playalong in G, Inversion Etude and Playalong in E.
SECTION 3: ADDING THE FINGERS
Accompanying with Lead, The Melody Finger/Hand Posture, Timing: Being in the Pocket, Chords on Beat Etudes and Playalongs in E, C and E7, Syncopated Chords Etudes and Playalongs in E, C and E7, Arpeggios on Beat Etudes and Playalongs in E, C and E7, Anticipating the Beat, Syncopated Arpeggios Etudes and Playalongs in E, C and E7.
SECTION 4: LEARNING SONGS
Learning Songs, The Method: Beat by Beat, Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, Using a Capo, Blues, Buffalo Girls, Pinkie Etude in D, Creole Belle Etudes, Thumb-over Etudes in A, Just Bass Thumb-Over Etudes, With Chords Thumb-Over Etudes, Yankee Doodle Dixie Etudes, Stretching Etudes.
Tommy also takes full advantage of TrueFire’s interactive learning tools to put everything you need at your fingertips: multi-angle interactive video lesson player features looping, zooming, keyboard shortcuts, standard tab, standard notation, Guitar Pro files, text narrative and other handy learning tools and controls. Viewing angles include wide, right-hand, left-hand and composite views.
Put the flat pick down and take Fingerstyle Milestones to the shed for a bit. You will emerge as a fingerstyle player quicker than you could have ever imagined.
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