Mel Bay Fingerpicking Guitar in the Dropped D Tuning - Grossman - Guitar - Book/Audio Online

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Arranger: Stefan Grossman
Format: Book with Audio Online
Instrumentation: Guitar
Level: Intermediate

I became aware of the Dropped D tuning in 1960. It literally exploded my playing. Just by lowering the sixth string down a tone - from E to D, my guitar sounded so much fuller. The tuning seemed to open up the fingerboard whether playing in the Keys of D, G or A. An alternating bass sounded huge and dynamic.

Over the last 60 years I, as well as guitar playing friends, have explored playing in Dropped D. From folk and gospel to blues and early jazz to Celtic melodies and O'Carolan compositions to original instrumental compositions.

This collection covers a lot of musical terrain. There's plenty of musical notes, styles, techniques in these pages. Travel slowly and try to absorb the arrangements one by one. The constant throughout is the Dropped D tuning. Includes access to online audio.

Song List:
  • Folk & Gospel
    • Death Come Creeping
    • Green, Green Rocky Road
    • Will The Circle Be Unbroken
    • Little Sadie
    • What A Friend We Have in Jesus
    • Amazing Grace
  • Country Blues
    • Careless Love
    • Big Road Blues
    • Canned Heat Blues
    • St. Louis Blues
    • Blues in D
    • Slow Blues in A
    • Sportin' Life Blues
  • Celtic Melodies & American Fiddle Tunes
    • Pretty Girl Milking A Cow
    • The Blarney Pilgrim
    • Midnight On The Water
    • The South Wind
    • Last of Callahan
    • Rights of Man
    • Drunken Wagoner
  • The Music of Turlough O'Carolan
    • Sheebeg An Sheemore
    • Planxty Irwin
    • Blind Mary
    • Carolan's Concerto
  • The Guitar of Joseph Spence
    • Brownskin Girl
    • Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer
  • Classic Ragtime
    • The Entertainer
    • Maple Leaf Rag
    • Magnetic Rag
    • Red Carpet Rag
  • Novelty Instrumentals from the Ragtime Era
    • Hard Hearted Hannah
    • The Cat and The Dog
  • Classical Compositions
    • Pavane for the Sleeping Beauty
    • Minuet in D Minor
    • Golliwogs Cakewalk
  • Jazz
    • The Original Jelly Roll Blues
    • St. Thomas
    • Tintiyana
  • Original Compositions
    • When the Springtime Comes Again
    • Yazoo Basin Boogie
    • Ms. Josephine Ayres
    • Tightrope
    • Catwalk
    • Requiem for Patrick Kilroy
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