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Stand By Me – Awesome Video

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Playing For Change | Song Around The World “Stand By Me” from Concord Music Group on Vimeo.

This is one of the most amazing examples of  engineering work I think I have ever seen or heard.  It is a combination of videos and audio of many musicians around the world singing the song “Stand by Me”.  The finished product is tremendous!
The song itself is that classic standard “Stand By Me” originally released in 1955 by The Staple Singers and released again in 1961 by the Drifters.

This is from the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songs around the world” being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it traveled the globe. This video and “Don’t Worry” are available now at iTunes. Other songs such as “One Love” will be released as digital downloads soon, followed by the film soundtrack and DVD in stores on 4.28.09.

The way to learn finger style guitar, also known as finger picking, is through tuition and practice. There is no other way. For More Detail Go To:, not just tuition, but visual teaching: you can’t learn finger style from a book in the way that you can learn to play chords. Finger style requires proper teaching and lots of practice.

In finger style you use the fingers of your right hand to pluck the strings individually rather than using a plectrum (or pick). The usual rules apply here: you are assumed to be right handed. It is not only folk or classical guitarists that use finger style: some of the best rock guitarists also learned this including Eric Clapton. Jim Hendrix even learned ‘tooth-picking’, which gives a different meaning to the word ‘toothpick’!

One of the benefits of learning this style of guitar playing is that you open up a whole host of possibilities for yourself, no matter what style of guitar you play. Ask any bass guitarist: they use this style all the time! Finger style lessons teach you a core playing style that will never leave you. You will benefit from it no matter what kind of guitar you play, and will also help you to understand more about the instrument you are playing.

Although finger style appears to be a style in itself, there are many techniques involved in playing guitar this way. There are many positions and patterns involved, and there are also the two major styles, miles apart in the eyes of those less aware of how similar they are: folk and classical. There is also Spanish guitar which is a mix between strumming and finger style.

When you see a great finger style guitarist at work you have to wonder how they learned to play like that. It looks impressive and sounds fabulous when done properly, and obviously you don’t learn how to play like that just by reading about it. For More Detail go to: In fact, it takes a lot of work – hard work. It isn’t easy to teach and even less easy to learn. So how do you learn? As stated in the first paragraph, through demonstration.

The obvious means of demonstration, other than having a private tutor, is by means of a DVD on which the techniques needed to play can be demonstrated. This is a particularly useful medium in that a DVD can be replayed as often as needed and also played in slow motion: as slow as needed to see exactly what your teacher is doing. It could be argued that a DVD is possibly even more useful than a live demonstration, since you play the DVD over and over again until you have perfected the technique.

If there is one thing about finger style, it is that you have to practice time and time again until your fingers can do the job without thought. And if you think I am joking about your fingers thinking, it could be argued that they do. There is such a thing as ‘muscle memory’, when certain of your muscles can carry out certain movements without you having to consciously carry them out.

One example is brushing or combing your hair. You do that without conscious thought because your muscles know what to do. Watch a violinist or flautists: they are not thinking about their finger movements. That is muscle memory. Finger style is another: it takes practice and that practice is best carried out by following a video that shows you exactly what you should be dong.

You can purchase videos teaching this style of guitar playing, or you could join an online membership site. The advantage of a membership site is that you can not only access it as many times as you want, as you can with a DVD but it is updated regularly with new material. Not only that, but you can probably find more than one guitar teacher on these sites that you can use, and change to that you prefer.

There are few doubts that if you want to learn finger style guitar, an online membership site is your best bet, followed closely by a good DVD. It is very much a visual style of teaching that is required for this type of guitar playing, and if you get it right then your playing will be spectacular. Finger style is not restricted to classical and country, but also many heavy metal and rock guitarist are adept finger style players.

Finger style guitar is impressive, so if you want to learn finger style guitar then find the best finger style learning system that suits you. For some it will be DVD but most should opt for a membership site that offers them much more variety and many more options of styles and teachers.



Guitar Playing Tutorials

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For beginners who want to learn to play the guitar, there are many ways to learn. There are books on the market provide guides as well as lessons for a person who wants to learn to play the guitar. The internet also offers an online lesson for people that do not have time to go to actual tutorial lessons.

Going to tutorial lessons, whether actual or online, would be the best way for a person to learn more and in a shorter period of time. Tutorials are a good way to learn because they have very good trainers and online instructors who can assist with guitar playing lessons.

It is more fun since a person can simply follow instructions with the help of the instructor. It is far more difficult to learn on his own because there is no one to guide and teach the proper ways of learning the chords and strumming the guitar.

Here are some reasons why tutorial classes are recommended:

1. Tutorial lessons are interactive. A beginner will realize that learning the guitar is so much fun. There are instances where there will be group sessions. Students are able to meet other new students whether in online classes or traditional classes. Playing the guitar with some new friends can be fun and enjoyable.

2. Although there is an instructor assisting the person, it is important not to forget that the student should be the one in control of his learning. Once he realizes that he is interested in the class, he will be more focused and determined to learn.

3. Tutorial lessons will help a person to be more organized. The proper way to learn to play the guitar is by starting with the basics before tackling the more complicated chords. Master all of the subtle things that the instructor will teach before going to a higher level.

4. Tutorials will teach you to give importance to the whole aspect of the guitar and its music as well as the other benefits the instrument provides.

5. A student should develop his talents by creating his own soloing techniques on the guitar. By learning the right executions he will be taught how to incorporate them his own knowledge of the guitar.

Tutorials can help a person but he must have the capacity to pay for the lessons and each session. This is the best approach to learn more about the guitar aside from just strumming and picking the basic patterns

Ian Williamson