Acoustic Guitar Lessons – Slap, Frail, & Thump – Matt Brandt – Introduction

Acoustic Guitar Lessons - Slap, Frail, & Thump - Matt Brandt - Introduction


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Welcome to Slap, Frail and Thump.

This course is about adding percussive techniques to your guitar playing, which will work on acoustic and electric guitar and in a solo or band setting. These techniques are used by players like John Mayer, Dave Matthews, James Taylor, Janis Ian, JJ Cale, Greg Brown, Rodney Crowell and many others.

Slapping and frailing will get you a steady beat and solid groove while you’re singing, without the need of a drummer or a bass player. If you are using it in a band setting, you’ll be able to play strong intros and backup parts. But with these techniques you’ll also be able to play melodies on top of the groove instead of just banging away chords.

What these lessons are not about, is guitar pyro techniques. Even players with limited fingerstyle experience can add slapping and frailing to their bag of tricks. We’ll start with relatively simple grooves and in about 170 exercises and 12 original songs we’ll work towards very intricate and challenging accompaniments.

The first percussive technique we’ll get into is the palm slap.
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  1. Minecraftgalaxy MG

    hi matthew brand, yer a f***

  2. Cornelius Maximilianus

    Those fingernails are illegal in Connecticut, you could slice someone's neck with it.

  3. Nice ! Thank you

  4. i think i need to grow my nails before i start playing

  5. i thought he had 4 strings XD

  6. Holy shit wtf is wrong with you nails!!!! Lol

  7. Those nails frustrate me.

  8. Thank you, I learned a lot.
    I love your nails!!! made me think of Voldemort AHAHAHa

  9. The" tranny "nails finished me totaly … sorry 😉

  10. is he doing a Christopher Walken impression?

  11. Learned something new. I love the sound of this. Thank you

  12. add some arm hair.. sabretooth

  13. They are not nails, they are talons!

  14. @Alldumb asses talking about his nails, ever heard about fingerstyle playing? Flamenco? Play tremolo or picado without nails ,just flesh!!! You will get the answer!

  15. Patrick Tiefengraber

    holy shit cut those nails !!!!!

  16. Imagine eating with that nails !

  17. More well spoken than Frank Underwood

  18. Goddamnthisdamnvideowasteoftime

  19. those nails though

  20. everyone uses artificial nails glued on, i thought i invented it until i saw/heard james taylor and many others doing it. your regular nails don't last long enough…so you grow them out fairly long so that the artif. have something to grab on to. Clean and buff your nails well using nail cleaner,(acetone), first so they are grease free. you'll get good at it after a while: they are awsome to play with after a while.

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