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Solo Flatpicking: “The Blackest Crow,” Part 1

This lesson is part of the course Advanced Flatpicking Guitar with Scott Nygaard.
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The Blackest Crow  
 
The Blackest Crow  
 
Solo Flatpicking: “The Blackest Crow,” Part 1
Solo Flatpicking: “The Blackest Crow,” Part 1
 
In this lesson, Scott demonstrates his approach to playing solo pieces on the guitar, using the traditional song “The Blackest Crow,” which Scott recorded on his Rosco CD with Swedish guitarist Roger Tallroth. Scott’s solo style, like that of most flatpickers who play solo pieces with only a flatpick, including David Grier, Tony Rice, and others, is fairly individual: there’s no specific way to do this. In arranging melodies to be played unaccompanied, Scott concentrates on phrasing the melody and takes advantage of the natural sustain and resonance of the guitar. He walks you through his arrangement of the A parts of “The Blackest Crow” in this video.

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