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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 0026: Interview with Peppino D’Agostino – Transcendant Guitarist and Composer

    FGH 0026: Interview with Peppino D’Agostino – Transcendant Guitarist and Composer

    Summary Episode 26:







    A native of Italy, D’Agostino has made his considerable international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America 37 years ago. In 2017 Guitar Player listed him as one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar.







    The CD, “Every Step of The Way,” was awarded by Acoustic Guitar’s People’s Choice Awards with a Bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time. His signature Seagull acoustic guitar has been voted among the ten best signature guitars by Guitar Player magazine.







    To date, Peppino has recorded 19 CD’s, performed in over thirty-seven countries at international festivals and concert halls. He has shared the stage with such greats as Leo Kottke, Sergio Assad, Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Martin Taylor, Roland Dyens, David Tanenbaum, and many more.

















    https://vimeo.com/790739398









    (Timestamps are for audio version of the podcast.)









    * 00:25 Introducing Peppino D'Agostino







    * 1:49 Greetings!







    * 2:35 Peppino's early influences







    * 3:53 How he listened to Santana, John McLoughlin, John Renbourn, Leo Kottke & more...







    * 4:51 Peppino's unconventional musical education - learning without formal lessons







    * 5:42 How orchestras and bands drive his musical inspiration







    * 12:18 Peppino talks about his classical guitar approach to steel string guitar







    * 18:43 An adventure into recording a jazz rock / acoustic fusion album







    * 20:22 Learn about Adam & Peppino's "Sicily Guitar Retreat" September 11-15, 2023 (more info available at musicworldretreats.com)







    * 27:14 Peppino's 5 unexpected favorite albums of all time...







    * 31:28 What is Peppinoi practicing currently







    * 34:45 Peppino's final advice for guitarists









    Peppino's Links









    * Peppino's Website







    * Peppino's Guitar Workshops and Music World Retreats







    * Youtube







    * Facebook







    * Instagram







    * Twitter











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    FGH-0025: Interview with Jon Gomm - Singer Songwriter and Fingerstyle Innovator

    FGH-0025: Interview with Jon Gomm - Singer Songwriter and Fingerstyle Innovator

    Summary Episode 25:







    Jon Gomm is a singer songwriter considered to be one of the world’s true virtuoso guitarists possessing a unique style most elite musicians consider revolutionary.







    Jon was born and continues to live in the North of England. His songs are driven by his use of one acoustic guitar to create drum sounds, basslines and twisting melodies all at the same time with no external effects. The emphasis remains on his soulful vocals and songwriting with his original material influenced by everything from Robert Johnson to Radiohead.







    His live shows combine deeply personal performances allied with a natural wit, with a once seen, never forgotten two-handed guitar style, both physical and complex, producing sounds people can barely believe are coming from a humble acoustic guitar.

















    https://vimeo.com/678255603









    (Timestamps are for audio version of the podcast.)









    * 00:25 Introducing Jon Gomm







    * 04:07 Jon recalls the gig with Adam







    * 05:18 Graceland by Paul Simon - one of Jon's earliest music inspirations







    * 07:00 The Jeff Beck Influence







    * 07:25 John describes his early frustration with electric







    * 19:09 Jon talks about playing covers







    * 20:51 Jon talks about the current pop music paradigm & asks should one compose?







    * 25:34 Musical Segment: Jon plays his own composition "Passionflower"







    * 32:20 Jon talks about his approach with unconventional tunings, techniques and percussion







    * 33:34 His excitement with novel techniques - slide, flamenco percussion







    * 34:13 Jon talks about the "Bukka White" style







    * 34:57 Jon talks about playing electric guitar in bands at 13







    * 35:29 Jon discovers Laurence Juber and Michael







    * 41:31 Jon talks about gigging as a working country, metal and jazz player







    * 43:34 How Jon is currently connecting with music emotionally







    * 46:24 His new album which he describes as "quite emotionally intense"







    * 52:59 Jon talks about doing music arrangements







    * 1:02:46 Jon’s best advice for every guitar player!







    * 1:08:24 Jon's "last words" for the interview







    * 1:08:45 Ending credits & podcast contact info









    Jon's Links









    * Jon's Website







    * Jon's Youtube







    * Jon's Facebook







    * Jon's Instagram







    * Jon's Twitter











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    • 1 hr 11 min
    FGH 0024: Interview with Thomas Fellow – First-Rate Guitarist from Germany

    FGH 0024: Interview with Thomas Fellow – First-Rate Guitarist from Germany

    Summary Episode 24:







    Thomas Fellow is a musician with an almost inexhaustible supply of innovative energy. He is a first-rate acoustic guitarist, a stunning virtuoso, and is considered one of the best musical collaborators in the guitar world.







    His name is associated with the development of the pioneering education program called the "Acoustic Guitar (concert music, world music, jazz, and pop)" at the “University of Music Dresden” (Germany). He's the artistic director of the "European Guitar Award" and he is also known for authoring the comprehensive book entitled the "FELLOW GUITAR BOOK" - which focuses on the role of the guitar as an accompanying instrument.

















    https://vimeo.com/790840166









    35 years after his first full-length concert (at the age of 17) he has performed over 3000 concerts in more than 30 countries.







    Thomas' Links:









    * Thomas' Website https://www.thomasfellow.de/







    * Youtube







    * Facebook











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    • 1 hr 20 min
    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"









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    Richard Smith plays "Struttin" by Jerry Reed







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    • 1 hr 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Antdung ,

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!!!!

vbakh ,

👍👍👍👍👍

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

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