DADGAD Fingerstyle Guitar: From Blues to Celtic and Appalachian Styles

Level 3

DADGAD tuning is an extremely versatile and satisfying tuning. Though the tuning is best known as a favorite of Celtic guitarists, it works great for all styles of guitar music. The open modal sound of the tuning makes it perfect for playing cross-string harp-like arrangements of Celtic tunes as well as traditional Appalachian clawhammer banjo styles or the fingerpicking blues styles of guitarists like Doc Watson and Etta Baker.

In this class, we’ll approach playing traditional tunes like Red-Haired Boy, Frosty Morn, Shady Grove, and others from both sides of the big pond and follow them in their migration south through the Appalachian mountains where they bump up against the rhythmic thumb-style grooves associated with Country Blues and dance hall music that led to much of what we think of today as “American” music. We’ll also delve into shaped-note hymns like Wayfaring Stranger where Celtic, African and southern gospel all come together.

One warning – the tuning can be addictive but it’s loads of fun to work with, so don’t be afraid to come join me on this amazing journey.

About Al Petteway

Al Petteway has played music professionally since he was twelve years old, performing nearly every type of popular, folk and classical music. Though his primary instrument has always been the guitar, he has also studied lute, string bass, percussion and music composition. His compositions for acoustic fingerstyle guitar are strongly influenced by his love of Celtic music and his own roots in folk, rock and blues. His recordings, music books, and instructional videotapes have helped to win him international acclaim and appearances on National Radio and Television Programs. Al has won a GRAMMY and was awarded FORTY FIVE “Wammies” by the Washington Area Music Association including the top honors of “ARTIST OF THE YEAR” and “MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR”. He was the recipient of two Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards for Music Composition and has performed at the Vice President’s House and The White House. His playing is featured on more than sixty recordings by some of the World’s best known Folk and Celtic musicians. He has been Artist In Residence at The Kennedy Center and at Warren Wilson College. He performs both solo and with his wife, Amy White, records and teaches private lessons in their home studio in Weaverville, NC and is the Guitar Week coordinator for the world famous “Swannanoa Gathering” music camp at Warren Wilson College near Asheville, N.C.

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