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Al Petteway Teaches:
Fingerstyle Blues Guitar in DADGAD Tuning
Sunday, April 29, 2018, 4:00 pm.
"House Concerts" at School of Musical Traditions, 1097 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Workshop : $40, Workshop + Show $60
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DADGAD tuning is more versatile than most guitarists believe. Though the tuning is best known as a favorite of Celtic guitarists, Al Petteway has managed to find elegant and simple ways to use it for virtually every style of music. Having come from a Blues, Rock and Folk background, it was only natural that it would become one of Al’s favorite tunings for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar as well. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to use the tuning in place of standard and open D tunings for styles ranging from a Hendrix style shuffle to Jazz to the Folk Blues styles of guitarists like Doc Watson and Etta Baker who grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina not far from where Al makes his home.

Al Petteway is a Grammy & Indie Award Winner, best known for his lyrical and powerful fingerstyle acoustic guitar playing heard on dozens of recordings, instructional videos, and film soundtracks, including several PBS documentaries by Ken Burns, most notably the Emmy-winning film “The National Parks-America’s Best idea.” Al’s compositions are strongly influenced by the Celtic, Folk, Rock and Blues styles he has performed in the studio and on stage with many of the best-known artists in those genres. He was voted one of the “Top Fifty Acoustic Guitarists of All Time” by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine and for more than twenty years, he has coordinated the Guitar Week program for The Swannanoa Gathering summer music camp near Asheville, NC.  Al lives high in the mountains with his wife and musical partner Amy White along with an endlessly entertaining variety of domestic and wild critters.

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"This is a workshop that I taught at the Memphis guitar festival and I will be teaching it again in 2018" - Al