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Want to become a better fingerstyle guitar player? The "Fingertsyle Guitar Hangout" with Adam Rafferty is for guitarists just like YOU who are looking for quick and easy ideas, inspiration and information. Enhance your musical understanding, get bite sized guitar lessons, tips and techniques, interviews with great players, and hear real life fingerstyle guitar Q & A from listeners & readers just like you. Join Adam Rafferty for the "Fingerstyle Guitar Hangout" and enrich your musical life and your guitar playing.

Fingerstyle Guitar Hangout Podcast with Adam Rafferty Adam Rafferty: Fingerstyle Guitarist, Composer and Touring Musician

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Want to become a better fingerstyle guitar player? The "Fingertsyle Guitar Hangout" with Adam Rafferty is for guitarists just like YOU who are looking for quick and easy ideas, inspiration and information. Enhance your musical understanding, get bite sized guitar lessons, tips and techniques, interviews with great players, and hear real life fingerstyle guitar Q & A from listeners & readers just like you. Join Adam Rafferty for the "Fingerstyle Guitar Hangout" and enrich your musical life and your guitar playing.

    FGH 0023: Interview with Muriel Anderson – Multi Dimensional Fingerstyle Champion

    FGH 0023: Interview with Muriel Anderson – Multi Dimensional Fingerstyle Champion

    Summary Episode 23:







    Muriel Anderson is one of the more multi-dimensional guitarists on the scene today. She plays primarily nylon string but also plays a 20-string harp guitar in her concerts, frequently accompanied by a backdrop of visuals by photo-artist Bryan Allen. Her current program includes a virtual re-enactment of the solar eclipse, with music and images from around the world.















    She is host of the renowned Muriel Anderson’s ALL STAR GUITAR NIGHT and is the first woman to have won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship and has performed/recorded with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, and Victor Wooten among others.







    She is currently working on a music and cookbook project, and is dedicating this year to working more on behalf of the charity she founded, The Music for Life Alliance, to support music education for kids.















    Show Highlights







    * 01:35 Welcome Muriel!* 02:21 Muriel talks about her new project - A cookbook with music to go with each recipe* 04:32 Early Inspirations - Doc Watson, Muriel's Family and moving to Nashville* 11:45 More Influences. Paul Winter, Pat Metheny and studying classical music* 18:00 Muriel's Charity facility the "Music for Life Alliance"* 21:50 Muriel Anderson's All Star Guitar Night* 26:02 Music - Muriel plays her composition "A Bakers Dozen"* 28:51 CD Projects - "Eclipse" and "Nightlight/Daylight"* 32:40 The Harp Guitar and travelling with it* 36:38 Muriel and Adam geek out about various types of guitars* 40:35 Online Teaching - truefire.com and picking techniques* 49:28 Murial talks about her future ideas - traveling to europe* 51:55 A Muriel Anderson Live Concert experience - Visual Concepts* 53:30 Muriel Shows the Visual Effekt on her physical CD "Nightlight/Daylight"* 54:19 Ending credits & podcast contact info* 57:09 Music - Muriel plays her composition "Nightlights"







    Muriel's LInks:







    * Website: https://murielanderson.com/* Muriel on Youtube* Muriel on Facebook* Muriel on Twitter









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1Hb-yYzaQc

    Muriel Anderson plays "A Bakers Dozen"







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    • 1 hr 1 min
    FGH 0022: Interview with Billy McLaughlin - His Historic Comeback

    FGH 0022: Interview with Billy McLaughlin - His Historic Comeback

    Summary, Episode 22:







    For twenty years, Billy McLaughlin astounded audiences around the world with his complex and rhythmic music. At the height of his international recording and touring career, Billy was diagnosed with Focal Dystonia, a mysterious and yet-to-be-cured neuromuscular disorder that rendered him unable to play his own music.







    Despite every effort to combat his condition, soon Billy’s career was over.But the long deafening silence was broken when Billy began a historic comeback.







    He was doing the unthinkable – relearning his songs one note at a time with his opposite hand…

















    https://vimeo.com/677291408









    (Timestamps are for audio version of the podcast.)







    * 01:30 Welcome Billy!* 02:37 Billy tells how he became a guitarplayer* 06:32 The First Guitar and the drummer is your best friend* 13:18 "Invisible Skills" - the beauty of the unflashy side of guitarplaying* 15:35 Billy's time in college and finding a good fitting teacher* 22:22 Focal dystonia - How it started to compromise Billys playing* 28:40 Starting to relearn the instrument with the other hand* 30:20 Music – Bill plays his composition “Back from the Brink”* 33:05 Billy talks about right and lefthand playing - and not praciticing too much* 39:01 Livesetup, Action, Effects and Equipment* 46:36 How amplifiers for acoustic guitar can rescue your expirience on stage* 54:37 Billy talks about his new project "The Church of the Lost Souls"* 57:00 Billy's advice for every guitarplayer!* 1:01:04 Ending credits & podcast contact info* 1:04:05 Bill plays his composition “Helms Place”







    Billy's Links:







    * Billy's Website: https://www.billymclaughlin.com/* Youtube* Facebook* Twitter* Instagram* Apple Music* Spotify









    https://youtu.be/yKbcPmmEmr4

    Billy McLaughlin plays "Helm's Place"









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al035bHF51Q

    Billy plays "Hold on To Forever"















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    • 1 hr 9 min
    FGH-0021: Interview with English Fingerstyle Guitarist Richard Smith

    FGH-0021: Interview with English Fingerstyle Guitarist Richard Smith

    Summary, Episode 21:







    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.



















    https://vimeo.com/501236690









    Richard is a seasoned performer with thousands of performances worldwide to his credit - he's performed in five continents - North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia solo and alongside Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Dave Peacock, Martin Taylor, Brent Mason, Gary Brooker, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Joe Brown, Ralph McTell and many others.









    (Timestamps are for audio version of the podcast.)







    * 01:34 Welcome Richard!* 02:33 Richard talks about Networking and Booking* 07:43 Air Travelling with guitars - cases and backup guitars* 18:35 Youtube and the entertainer video* 20:24 CDs, t-shirts and packing lightly* 22:53 troublesome touring stories - "going commando" and the beatles* 26:53 Early influences of richard - Bert Weedon's Play in a Day book* 30:12 Learning songs correctly, listening more deeply and try to make your playing sound like the record * 37:50 Richard Smiths Version of Scott Joplins "The Entertainer"* 42:30 Having a musical homebase, your fist influence and how it affects everything you do - and the flexability of Antoine Boyer* 49:42 "The One Thing" The Importance of keeping focused on the thing that sets you apart from others, but also try out new things to srtech as a player* 59:07 The code of Spotify and how to get into playlists* 1:03:39 Music "The Streets of Laredo"* 1:06:36 The number one thing you would tell all young musicians to do differently - being honest with yourself and Big Jim Sullivan's advice* 1:16:57 The time, the tone and the groove - and the metronome* 1:24:15 How technique influences the phrasing and the pocket* 1:31:28 Ending credits & podcast contact info







    Richard's Links:







    * Richard's Website: https://richardsmithmusic.com/* Richard on Facebook* Richard on Youtube









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Peh5zIoxaME

    Richard Smith plays "The Entertainer"









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41BB_56z5RM

    Richard Smith plays "Struttin" by Jerry Reed







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    • 1 hr 34 min
    FGH-0020: Interview with Don Alder - Fingerstyle Champion, Composer and Vocalist

    FGH-0020: Interview with Don Alder - Fingerstyle Champion, Composer and Vocalist

    Summary, Episode 20:







    Don Alder plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver's "best kept little secret". Don is a world-class fingerstyle guitarist with a "wow factor" that has let to multiple endorsement deals with major manufacturers and a collaboration with Greenfield guitars to produce a signature acoustic guitar- the "Don Alder G4" model.









    Don currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His unique style of playing incorporates fingerpicking with simultaneous percussion on the soundboard to create a wall of sound. He is often referred to as sounding like a four piece band. Don's music is his own unique weave of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration - some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing. In quiet pieces or pushing right to the edge, Don's phenomenal fingerstyle playing and rich voice captivate.



















    https://vimeo.com/438267665









    "Alder can make a single instrument sound like a 4 piece band. The Guy's like the acoustic Hendrix". Picque News Magazine”









    "Don is Canada’s secret fingerstyle weapon - it’s only a matter of time until everyone discovers this world class player. I am honored to have Don endorsing my guitars."

    World Class Luthier, Michael Greenfield







    (Timestamps are for audio version of the podcast.)







    * 2:44 Welcome Don Alder!* 4:20 Don’s earliest musical inspirations* 8:34 Don gets an electric guitar in his hands for the first time* 14:02 Don starts playing in bands* 15:52 Don and the bass player’s onstage gun prank goes wrong* 19:42 Don explains how he started playing solo acoustic guitar* 22:39 Music - Don plays his composition “Fingers Fingers Fingers”* 27:30 Don becomes a studio player* 37:01 Don’s musical, color, touch, and his personal approach to the guitar - how to learn how to play like yourself* 46:07 At a live performance people are looking for a journey, they want to walk home with an experience* 52:04 Don’s advice he would like to give to more guitar players - more heart, play music not just songs and technique* 53:35 A fellow guitarist seeking advice writes a song for Don Alder* 57:31 Don’s message to all musicians* 58:58 Don’s last message to everyone!* 1:00:03 Ending credits and podcast contact info* 1:03:01 Music - Don plays his composition “Haunting Me”







    Don's Links:







    * https://www.donalder.com/* Don on Facebook* Don on Youtube* Don on Twitter









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1nEHCNlUYo











    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0G1SSi0Ljvg











    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPvF_zwD0ac









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    • 1 hr 8 min
    FGH-0019: Interview with Don Ross – National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion & Composer

    FGH-0019: Interview with Don Ross – National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion & Composer

    Summary, Episode 19:







    In 1988, Don became the first Canadian to win the U.S. National Fingerpick Guitar Championship. He won again in 1996, still the only two-time winner of the competition.







    Don has toured regularly since 1989, across Canada, the USA, a dozen European countries, Japan, Taiwan, China, Australia, Russia and India.

















    https://vimeo.com/373542503









    He has played live and on recording with U.S. guitarist Andy McKee, Canadian singer/guitarist Brooke Miller, Canadian guitarist Calum Graham, & Toronto bassist Jordan O’Connor. Don composes scores for television, radio and film, and does production and recording engineering for a variety of other musicians.







    He's released numerous CDs and DVDs for the Candy Rat Record label, including his new album, A Million Brazilian Civilians, on CD and see-through orange vinyl.







    (Timestamps are for audio version of the podcast.)







    * 2:49 Welcome Don!* 3:52 Don's earliest musical influences.* 6:50 Don as a composer first, guitarist second.* 8:40 Discovering Leo Kottke's approach...music with humor.* 9:20 Exposure to modern composers Steve Reich, Xenakis, John Adams.* 10:40 Don talks about composing for film & TV.* 15:44 We discuss alternate tunings and why Don Does uses them.* 22:33 Why composes away from the guitar.* 24:04 Music - Don plays his composition - "A Million Brazilian Civilians."* 27:33 Don's relationship to classical guitar.* 31:04 I ask Don about his live sound setup.* 32:50 Keep it simple...we talk pickups, pedals and other guitar nitty gritty.* 34:53 Don tells his "pedalboard on the highway" mishap story.* 39:46 What are Don's hobbies outside music?* 41:25 His best advice for musicians.* 44:47 The guitar tablature "trap."* 50:22 Ending credits & podcast contact info.* 53:14 Music - Don plays his composition - "Seven Seven Four."







    Don's Links:







    * https://donrossonline.com/* Don on Facebook* Don on Youtube* Don on Twitter* Don's band project is called "Don Ross - Louder Than Usual"









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwRe8h1TIYM

    Don Ross plays his original composition "Seven Seven Four"









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPvV2gzZJ5c

    Don Ross plays his original composition "A Million Brazilian Civilians"









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTIcdedfEjc

    "Don Ross - Louder Than Usual" plays "Groovy Sunflowers"







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    • 57 min
    FGH-0018: Interview with Jazz and Country Master Guitarist Jim Nichols

    FGH-0018: Interview with Jazz and Country Master Guitarist Jim Nichols

    Summary, Episode 18:

    Jim Nichols has an unusual approach to the guitar - he uses a thumb pick and fingers to play everything from Chet Atkins style to modern jazz.



    He served as master instructor for the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshops, Stanford Jazz Workshops and held clinics on both jazz and Atkins style for the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society national convention in Nashville.



    In addition to an acoustic duo CD with Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, and a duo CD with fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith, Jim and his wife Morning, have 5 CDs to their credit.



    Jim's solo CD, "Jazz and Country" was chosen by Guitar Player Magazine as a "pick of the year" for '96 and in 2001, he was featured in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine.





    Show Notes:

    In this episode, Jim and I talk about how he started playing guitar, his inspirations, and his approach to blending Chet Atkins fingerstyle and jazz guitar.



    (Time stamps are for audio version of the podcast.)



    * 2:08 Welcome Jim!

    * 3:47 Jim talks about record companies & touring.

    * 4:40 How Jim began playing music & uke.

    * 6:08 Jim gets his first guitar.

    * 6:54 Jim discovers Duane Eddys version of "Trambone" by Chet Atkins.

    * 7:45 Flatpicks never again! Jim discovers the thumb pick and learns Chet stuff.

    * 14:17 Jim discusses how Wes & Buddy Montgomery were not music readers.

    * 19:41 How Jim got the jazz influence - his parents.

    * 23:08 The benefits of learning from Chet's recordings.

    * 23:36 Another influence - Howard Roberts.

    * 25:48 Jim's approach to technique & using the thumbpick.

    * 26:41 Jim talks about his guitar collection.

    * 29:03 Music track from the "Jazz & Country" Album - "Freightliner Blues"

    * 32:23 Gear chat - his versatile guitars that can cover several styles.

    * 35:41 Traveling with guitars; Jim's take & tips for flying.

    * 38:17 All about Jim's duo record with Tommy Emmanuel - "Chet Lag" (a.k.a. "Happy Hour")

    * 43:35 Jim's Kirk Sand Guitar - a birthday present from his wife, vocalist Morning Nichols.

    * 45:22 "Jazz & Country" his solo CD as a reaction to being a sideman and a dedication to Chet Atkins.

    * 52:53 Current projects, gigs, guitar camps.

    * 57:53 Jim's best advice to musicians - listen attentively.

    * 1:04:45 Jim reminds us about CAAS in Nashville in July (Chet Atkins Appreciation Society)





    Jims's Links:



    * Visit Jim and Morning Nichols's web site at https://www.jimandmorningnichols.com

    * Jim & Morning on Facebook



    Jim Nichols plays "Freightliner Blues"



    Jim Nichols plays "Like Someone In Love"



    Jim Nichols plays "They Can't Take That Away From Me"





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    • 1 hr 9 min

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Awesome Show!!! Can’t wait to take lessons

Great interviews packed with Inspirational insight into all things regarding the Passion and Beauty of the Guitar! I’ve listened to all the episodes. Keep them coming Adam, I want to hear weekly episodes!!!!

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The best podcast about fingerstyle guitar! Great job, Adam!

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