Innovative Finger-style Guitar Workshops
At David’s guitar workshops he shares a lifetime of tips, techniques and thoughts that can help enhance and advance your guitar playing, composition and performance skills, while having the most fun whatever your level.
Understanding and mastery of these concepts are lifelong, continual and fluid processes. In this workshop you will learn how to develop, evaluate and tweak your own processes. You will learn how to overcome technical issues and free the artist within you.
Students will learn techniques that fine-tune not only their playing, but also their listening skills and the kinesthetic connection those skills have to the instrument.
David uses simple musical exercises and examples to help you develop a melodic/harmonic vocabulary, relaxed dexterity and groove.
Some Ideas and Concepts that may be covered:
Finding Joy in the Journey (have fun wherever you are)
Arranging songs for guitar
Practice, Performance & Playing
The rule of 21 times perfect
Warming up & stretching
Dynamic Range concepts
Composing & arranging on the guitar
Planting musical ideas in fertile ground
Taking advantage of the guitar’s eccentricities
Sound Reinforcement solutions
Left hand touch (Non squeezing exercises)
Right hand finger/volume independence
David’s banjo roll single note techniques
Spanish and Latin American style Rasgueado strumming
David’s collection of Spider left hand exercises
Tonal memories & Nursery Rhymes
CAGED system and related scale construction
Number system for chord progressions
Finger style hybrid playing
Creating harmonies and bass lines
Fretboard Geography (tone vs. playability)
Transposing melodic Ideas
Working harmonic tensions and releases