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The Flat-Picker's Guitar Guide: An Advanced Instruction Record

The Flat-Picker's Guitar Guide: An Advanced Instruction Record

Guitar player and instructor Jerry Silverman offers an intriguing instructional album with The Flat-Picker’s Guitar Guide, one of four instructional albums he produced for Folkways Records in the 1960s. He provides spoken word instruction and musical examples of various guitar strumming techniques. Among the songs performed is the artist’s arrangement of the traditional folk song “Cindy,” the Carter Family classic “Wildwood Flower,” and the traditional folk standards “In the Pines” and “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow.” Liner notes from this 1966 recording augment the spoken word instruction with illustrated tips regarding how to hold the guitar pick and different playing techniques such as hammering-on, the church lick, and the bluegrass run.

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