Samick Motherlode

December 2014

Lessons: Acoustic

Style Guide: Acoustic Blues Guitar

February 7, 2012
Today we’ll look at three types of bass lines that help define the sound of three sub-styles of fingerstyle blues: monotone bass, alternating bass, and boogie-woogie bass.
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Fretboard Workshop: A Bitter Pill to Swallow

January 10, 2012
I had been in the hospital for nearly four months with a heart condition. Two of those months I just laid flat in bed. So when I got back home and started to play again, I tried to pick up where I had left off. Wrong!
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2011 in Review

November 15, 2011
As projected, the 2011 market became even more aligned with players, rather than collectors, and certainly not investors.
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Acoustic Adventures: The Fingerpicking Engine

October 18, 2011
If you find yourself among the players who still lack a system for fingerpicking that prevents you from producing these sounds, perhaps your “fingerpicking engine” needs a tune-up.
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Country Guitar Endings: Classic Lines to Bring the Song to a Convincing Close

January 17, 2011
Country tunes can be brought to a close in a number of ways: vamping on the song’s last chord, tossing in an interesting harmonic twist, interjecting one of several classic bluegrass clichés, or unleashing a barn-burning, country-fried double-stop lick.
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Piedmont Blues: Capture a Ragtime Sound With This Fingerstyle Piece in Drop D Tuning

December 21, 2010
Capture a Ragtime Sound With This Fingerstyle Piece in Drop D Tuning
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Melody Matters

July 1, 2010
Using chords and common tones to craft engaging melodies
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Percussive Effects: Propel Your Parts by Mimicking Drum-Kit Sounds

September 18, 2009
Think like a drummer for percussive effects that will wow your audience
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Spicing up DADGAD: DADGAE

September 9, 2009
Switching up DADGAD with some DADGAE shapes
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