Class Category: Robert Montgomery

Stylistic Breaks in the 1950’s tunes w/Merle Travis

Instructor: Robert Montgomery Stylistic Breaks in the 1950’s: Bill Monroe’s Music with Merle Travis style Guitar Parts: Named after legendary country guitar virtuoso Merle Travis, Travis picking is the most popular and commonly used fingerpicking technique. The technique essentially involves alternating between different thumb-picked bass notes on the lower strings while the fingers pick out melody notes …

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Elementary Building Blocks to Guitar Playing. To Capo or Not

Instructor: Robert Montgomery Elementary Building Blocks to Guitar Playing (To Capo or Not): Tone, Tuning, Rhythm, Proper Playing Technique, Basic Chord Progressions…all building blocks as a beginning guitar player.  Some benefits of using a capo: Experiment with open tunings; Unlocks more tonal options; Can make chords easier on your hands; Play a song in different …

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It’s All in the Right Hand: Thumb Pick vs. Flat Pick

Instructor: Robert Montgomery It’s All in the Right Hand: Thumb Pick vs. Flat Pick: Which one to use?  Is one better?  Easier to use?  Robert will discuss and demonstrate both the difference and similarities of bluegrass rhythm players, and their personal choice of using the thumb pick or flat pick. Part 1 Part 2