We’ll learn how to master the basics of Travis Picking and create a groove where out thumb is independent and non reliant on our fingers for co-ordination, then we’ll learn to play outside the regular CAGED chord shapes and allow ourselves to play more complex melodies, harmonies and bass lines, while using the CAGED chords as reference landmarks. These are the tools we need in order to play piano style rags and more.
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.