"As a guitar player, I am always looking for new resources to help me get better at my craft. I have gone through book after book that held some good tips for improving my playing. Some better than others. I have been playing the guitar for 40 years now and still consider myself a rhythm hack. I must confess that I do not spend the time like I should but that is another article. A... read more
Some people like Blues, I prefer Jazz and Fusion; some people like the 70s, I prefer the 80s; some people like the feeling, I prefer technical and/or nervous bands. What's important when you play an instrument is being open minded and that every kind of music, when we talk about music, deserves to be learnt and played almost once, because it has something to teach. A alguien le gusta... read more
Tonight someone told I should promote my music. In San Francisco, the land of Bay Area Thrash Metal, someone told me to promote my Thrash Metal songs. At first, I was very pleased to hear that; second, it was very nice that another person that studies music suggested me. Thank you Zack, I really appreciated it!!! Just give me the time to finish to record those three songs and you'll have a... read more
I'd like to thank Fabio Casali and Lorenzo Tipa for all those things they taught me, and for introducing me into Jazz, Fusion and Funk. I've always played Heavy/Thrash Metal and Hard Rock but everything I learnt in their lessons definitely opened my mind. Thank you guys, you Rock!!! Vorrei ringraziare Fabio Casali e Lorenzo tipa per tutto quello che mi hanno insegnato, e per avermi... read more
I have completed my Guitar Manual. The manual will also be turned into a video series. The manual is not meant as an exhaustive study on guitar or theory, but a 30 page manual on "what has worked for Ric" in years of recording studio work and performing as a sideman and artist. My hope is that the concept of "your hands will work about as good as what your head knows" will lead more guitarist... read more
A sample of finger style guitar.
I use a unique, loose picking technique, and mix in my own style to the song.
Here we are doing the duel lead walk up into the lead section of the song! It's really a nifty lick to do with your students as it builds confidence and lets them show off!
A video showing myself and a student doing the duel lead part to the beginning of "Rambling Man"
This is a 4:30 medley of tracks recorded by Guitar Tutor Ric F. from his own releases and for other artists.
A 6:00+ medley of music composed and/or arranged-orchestrated and produced by Ric. There is a wide variety of styles represented on this medley.
The late John Cephas, a National Heritage Fellow, was my fingerstyle/Piedmont blues guitar mentor for 6 years. I am playing the guitar. It is an instrumental played by me. I have taught/performed and still teach all types of music on the guitar....
When the harmony dictates that the chord should be C, then the most important notes of resolution and repose are C, E and G. These are the notes of the C Major chord. C D E F G A B C So we think about ways to come to rest. We can simply stay at rest, by just playing chord tones (arpeggios) C E G C G E E C G E G C G C E G E C We can connect the chord tones: C... read more
Beginning intro to guitar technique.
Find out how to embellish or play a melody while strumming guitar chords in 3/4 time
Find out how and why an E minor chord uses only 2 fingers in the open position.
Please view this video giving the student instruction on how to finger the E minor chord and the use of this chord in two different and simple songs.
A showcase recital at Claremont Graduate University in Lyman Hall of the Thatcher Music Building. It was in preparation for a concert with a classical guitar society which meets once a month and presents concerts. The piece is Fandanguillo by Fernando...
I can teach you guitar!
Elton John COVER (arr Jason Mraz)... "I think it's gonna be a long, long time till touchdown..."