The Rev. Gary Davis Fingerstyle Guitar

Level 2

REV. GARY DAVIS, for picker's who Thought it was beyond their grasp.... This class will have you picking some of The Rev's most popular "folk" tunes as recorded by Dave Van Ronk, Jack Elliott, Bob Dylan and countless others. Want to play a snappy ragtime instrumental?Roy will help you get there! We will even teach you a moving Rev. Davis spiritual that I promise ain't as hard as it looks... Don't be shy, afraid or nervous! This class is for you!

Plenty of stories & songs after class, time for questions, advice and help with any difficulties your having (only regarding guitar issues)

Come on down, the waters fine!

  • 10/19/18 - 10/22/18
  • The Rev. Gary Davis Fingerstyle Guitar
  • FULL

Back to the Basics

Level 1/2

Back to the Basics Class Description Coming Soon

Country Blues Licks and Tricks

Level 2/3

Don't worry folks. My class at The Fur Peace Ranch is right for you! Some pickers were shy to sign up for my class in the past, but when they finally did sign up, they were amazed at what they learned. They went home with a lot more than they arrived with! The students had fun, met new friends and shared their love of "finger picking the blues'" with like minded folks.

I have never considered myself a "guitar wizard", or one of the greats. I cannot teach you to become either. But I can help you along on your journey and as we go along, together, help you create that allusion that you are a pretty amazing player.

When you learn 3 or 4 ways to make a chord and learn to 'connect the dots", the simplest song can appear to be a masterpiece. It does not take long to feel like you are improvising and making your own new arrangement to songs you have played for years.

I have plenty of tricks & licks, learned from the Old Blues Masters that I gladly will pass on to you. You'll hear plenty of stories & songs of how my style developed over the years & I'm sure that I will learn plenty from you as well.

After our classes, I will always be around the porch, ready to help you out, answer questions and just hang out….. If you need a private session "after school', just ask, I am there for you. I consider my time at The Ranch to be a blessing which has enriched my life in many ways!

Hope to see you there , It's goin' to be quite a time…..and I'm looking forward to it as I do every year!


Level 2

AMAZE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! With just a few new chords and a few snappy EASY tricks we will give you the ability to keep the folks DANCIN' & SNAPPIN' THEIR FINGERS......

.....For pickers who want to have more fun playing the guitar......Know some chords and Fingerpick more than a little? This class is for you! We will include numbers I learned from Rev. Davis back in the 60's. My approach has always been to make the songs my own. I encourage students to do the same. We will learn some of the chords that Rev. Davis taught to me and how to use them in many songs that you already play, making them more interesting to the listener and more fun for the player. Possible songs include Slow Drag, Devils Dream, and Buck Dance


About Roy Book Binder

Roy has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down . . . blues. Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis and Pink Anderson? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna & Bonnie Raitt ? Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” He’s also a regular at Fur Peace Ranch, where he teaches along with Jorma Kaukonen and others. When he brings his 'Tour Bus' to town, a one-man blues-fest ensues. He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all. We’re privileged to have Roy here to preserve–and extend—the tradition of great American blues music. (JAMES HIPPA)



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