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This video lesson series is expertly taught by Neil Hogan teaching you some of the best guitar songs of Intermediate Fingerpicking. Includes tab, chart, and guitar pro files.

Neil has been teaching fingerstyle instrumentals since day one as a teacher (over 40 years ago). Our Intermediate Fingerpicking Package features a selection of some of his favorite and most popular songs among his students.

1) Freight Train

Freight Train - Elizabeth Cotten wrote Freight Train when she was 12 years old. It is now a fingerpicking standard and a great place to start learning the alternating bass technique.

2) Shades Of Funk

Shades Of Funk - Shades of Funk is one of the 1st fingerpicking pieces Neil learned and one of those he has been teaching to students for over 30 years. It is a great tune to start working on the technique of combining a melody with alternating bass notes.

3) Windy & Warm

Windy & Warm - John D. Loudermilk wrote this classic, with a bit of help from Chet Atkins who really popularized the tune. It has four sections with steady bass notes and very catchy melodies.

4) Alice's Restaurant

Alice's Restaurant - Arlo Guthrie brings us an example of a ragtime fingerpicking progression acting as the background for a long story. This style of talking blues is frequently credited to Arlo's dad, Woody Guthrie. The lesson goes over a slightly simplified arrangement as well as one that addresses more complex ornamentation and variation.

5) Fishing Blues (Taj Mahal)

Fishing Blues (Taj Mahal) - Part of our Country Blues Series, we take a look at Fishing Blues, as done by Taj Mahal in his early days, the late 1960s. The song originated with Henry 'Ragtime Texas' Thomas in the 1920s but became a staple for some of the folk-rock-psychedelic-blues groups of the 60s like the Lovin' Spoonful and the Jefferson Airplane. It is played in Dropped D Tuning with a steady alternating bass, similar to songs by Mississippi John Hurt.

6) Fishing Blues (Instrumental)

Fishing Blues (Instrumental) - This instrumental arrangement of Fishing Blues combines the melody with a moving, or walking bass part, creating two independent voices. The resulting sound is almost that of a duet, but of course being played by one guitarist. The goal with this type of piece is that each voice should be as clear as if you were playing it solo. This requires and develops a high level of finger independence.

7) Here Comes The Sun

Here Comes The Sun - This lesson is Neil's instrumental fingerpicking arrangement of Here Comes The Sun. The original was played with a pick and is the subject of another lesson. This version picks out the melody using a Travis-style alternating bass pattern.

8) Oh! Susannah

Oh! Susannah - Oh! Susannah was written in the mid-19th century by Stephen Foster. This instrumental arrangement was inspired by James Taylor's version on his album Sweet Baby James. It just takes the melody and adds an alternating bass pattern with a few decorations.

9) Take A Look At That Baby

Take A Look At That Baby - John Fahey was the founder of his self-described style, christened American-Primitive Guitar. His sound and influence on the next generations are unmistakable. Take A Look At That Baby is one of his earliest pieces, recorded for his second album, /Death Chants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes./ It is a simple, ragtime progression in the key of C and not too difficult until you work on speeding it up. It uses the basic alternating bass technique but also really needs the left hand thumb wrap (fretting the 6^th string with your left thumb) to be done most accurately.

10) Money's All Gone

Money's All Gone - Money's All Gone is a fiddle tune arranged for fingerstyle guitar. This arrangement is based on one done by David Laibman, who also arranged many complex ragtime pieces in the early 1970s. There are two sections, which use mostly open bass notes, meaning that many notes must be muted after playing to prevent harmonic collisions. There are also a few other percussive techniques employed.

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