Orrin Star's Flatpicking Primer. (A Comprehensive Guide). By Orrin Star. For Guitar (Flatpick). Methods. Bluegrass. Beginning. DVD. Duration 120 minutes. Published by Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (MB.FGM1007).
Subtitled "What the Tab Won't Tell You," this DVD and its accompanying 23-page transcription book are designed for the guitar player who already has some knowledge of guitar chords, rhythm, and perhaps even lead styles outside of the flatpicking realm (fingerstyle, classical, blues, rock, etc.). If you already know how to play the guitar, but are not familiar with the flatpicking style and repertoire, then this DVD is for you! In this DVD Orrin Star teaches you the fundamentals of flatpicking in great detail focusing specifically on the technique and articulation. Orrin's masterful presentation of right-hand technique will help you overcome the common hurdles that many who are new to flatpicking tend to encounter. He also emphasizes the special characteristics of the flatpicking technique and style to include how to develop the "fiddle tune" feel and groove. Orrin's presentation on left-hand technique will also help you smooth out your playing by "squeezing the juice" out of every note. Orrin teaches all technical details in the context of learning songs from the flatpicking repertoire. The songs included on this DVD and tab book are: Old Joe Clark (4 arrangements), Whiskey Before Breakfast, I Saw the Light, House of the Rising Sun, Don't Let Your Deal Go Down, Soldier's Joy, Red Haired Boy (2 arrangements), and Cherokee Shuffle. Each of these song arrangements is designed to teach you specific technical skills related to the art of flatpicking (such as crosspicking, floating, Carter Style, Blake Style, integrating strums into lead playing, accenting notes to emulate a vocalists phrasing, etc.). This DVD is not just a repertoire builder. As Orrin states in the DVD's introduction, his goal is to "teach you how to fish" not simply "catch fish for you.".