This DVD is a boon to all players who want to explore country flatpicking and the smooth, uncluttered Norman Blake guitar style. In his clear and concise way, Norman covers the basics of his technique so that even near-beginners will gain the important skills necessary to play in this style. You’ll learn alternating strokes, rolls, crosspicking, single string/rhythm chord combinations and other aspects of his right-hand style, plus slides, pull-offs, hammer-ons, chord positions and melody notes. Nancy’s back-up technique is highlighted, and Norman gives tips on use of the capo, open strings and special tunings.
Songs and instrumentals include: Whiskey Before Breakfast, Gray Coat Soldiers, Prettiest Little Girl In The Country, The Wreck Of The Old ’97, Ginseng Sullivan, Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine.
“Even in the velvet draped background of a video recording studio, the listener feels like they’ve been invited to a special one-on-one lesson on Blake’s own back porch. Better role models for traditional music are hard to come by, and I highly recommend this to intermediate-level players.” — Sing Out! Magazine