Richard will teach the ideas, techniques and musical building blocks of two of the most influential fingerpickers in history. Between Travis Picking, banjo style rolls, counterpoint, hammer on and pull off techniques, walking bass lines, alternating harmonics, “claw” style rhythms and varied lead lines, we’ll try to cover as much ground as we can using various tunes and excepts as examples. A must for Chet and Jerry fans!
About Richard Smith:
Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches. Now a seasoned performer in his forties with thousands of performances worldwide to his credit, Richard has become renowned worldwide for his mastery of instrument and for his knock-out entertaining shows.
1999 AFG Golden Thumbpick Award
2001 National Finger¬style Guitar Champion
2008 Thumbpicker of the Year
2009 National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame Induction
Played with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Nato Lima, Boots Randolph, Tommy Emmanuel, John Jor¬genson, Marcel Dadi, Tommy Tedesco, Joe Pass, Biréli Lagrène, Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Martin Taylor, Jorge Morel, Earl Klugh, Suzy Bogguss, Victor Wooten, John Cowan and countless more.