THE ACOUSTIC RHYTHM GUITAR SURVIVAL GUIDE




If you play acoustic guitar, cover popular songs, write your own tunes, perform solo or work in a band setting, or just like strumming on the front porch, this is a must-have TrueFire course of study.

Fact of the matter is it’s your rhythm work that earns you the gig, gets you invited back to the jam, lights up your performance, inspires your original material, excites your fellow musicians and draws your audience to their feet. It’s all about rhythm.

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THE ACOUSTIC RHYTHM GUITAR SURVIVAL GUIDE
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UnCovered (2008)


I feel very lucky to have gotten the chance to start touring in Germany in 2002 when I was invited to join the 'Women on Stage' Tour produced by Fatima Ibler. Sally Barker (UK) and Kerstin Blodig (DE), my touring mates, quickly became dear friends and we toured Germany and the UK over the next few years. Along the way, I was introduced to Christina Lux and Susan Weinert and I was really excited about both of them, their music, their talent and the passion they brought to it. Back in the states, I finally connected with the fiery talent of Trina Hamlin who had just started working with some musicians in Hamburg, and I knew the cast of characters for this project was complete. I wanted to rearrange a collection of Cover Tunes and do it as a collaborative effort. I wanted the artists to cross borders, bringing unknown talent across the Ocean. I thought it would be great to feature an all female line up - including our engineer, Tay Hoyle, and so this is the idea I presented to Peter Finger and Gerd Kratzat at Acoustic Music Records. As we began recording it was clear that each song had a story , both personal as well as universal and while there's not enough room here to go into that, I plan on making the stories available on line at my website. Although I wanted to plan arrangements ahead of time, the distance between us all and everyone's touring schedule made it difficult. As a result, each collaboration was pretty much spontaneous, and I believe captures the joy of working together, and the moods and emotions that were with us in the present moment. It has been an honor and incredibly fulfilling to work with each artist, and to 'Un-Cover' new dimensions to these songs. On behalf of all of us, we hope you enjoy listening as much as we've enjoyed creating!

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UnCovered (2008)
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Up Close & Personal (2006)


Up Close & Personal is Vicki Genfan's third available release. The double CD features the first disk of original instrumentals, titled Up Close, and a second, vocal-based disk, called Personal. Each disc contains a QuickTime video, showing clips of recording sessions and snapshots of Genfan as well as of the other recording artists. The double-CD features both Genfan's guitar virtuosity as well as her singer-songwriter abilities. Most of the songs are recorded with accompanying musicians.

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Up Close & Personal (2006)
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Vicki Live (2003)


Guitarist, songwriter and singer, Vicki Genfan has been called the 'Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar.' A fiercely original musician and composer, likened in review to a composite of Jonatha Brooke from the Story and Michael Hedges, Vicki has been supporting the release of her highly acclaimed debut CD, 'Outside The Box'. Bill Milkowski writes in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, "Her dazzling displays of two handed tapping, bell-like harmonics and funky bass note slapping, along with her deft fingerstyle approach, have guitar aficionados in the house sitting slack-jawed in sheer awe." Vicki has performed extensively to an ever growing national and international audience. Her stunning featured performance in September 2002 at the International Open Strings Guitar Festival in Germany brought Vicki's compelling and groundbreaking musicianship into focus for her distinct and visionary artistry. Ulrich Olshausen of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes, "Vicki has brewed her own style of wiping chords, airy tapping techniques and a precise melody-play that has no name and creates a new kind of singer-songwriter culture."

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Vicki Live (2003)
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Outside the Box (2000)


Guitarist, songwriter and singer, Vicki Genfan has been called the 'Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar'. A fiercely original musician and composer, likened in review to a "composite of Jonatha Brooke from the Story and Michael Hedges", Vicki has been supporting the release of her highly acclaimed debut CD "Outside The Box". Bill Milkowski writes in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, "Her dazzling displays of two handed tapping, bell-like harmonics and funky bass note slapping, along with her deft fingerstyle approach, have guitar aficionados in the house sitting slack-jawed in sheer awe."

Vicki has performed extensively to an ever growing national and international audience. Her stunning featured performance in September 2002 at the International Open Strings Guitar Festival in Germany brought Vicki's compelling and groundbreaking musicianship into focus for her distinct and visionary artistry. Ulrich Olshausen of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes, "Vicki...has brewed her own style of wiping chords, airy tapping techniques and a precise melody-play that has no name...and creates a new kind of singer-songwriter culture."

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Outside the Box (2000)
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3D Guitar – 3hr Instructional Video




Vicki has organized 3D Acoustic Guitar into two sections. The first section covers techniques; thumb slaps, harmonic tapping, harmonic brushing, left hand harmonics, body percussion, hammering single notes and chords, vibrato and how to establish and maintain groove. Vicki goes into great detail on each technique and includes very effective exercises and etudes to get you up and running very quickly. The second section focuses on creating and exploring alternate open tunings. She thoroughly explores five of her favorites (C2, Dsus, D2, C-9sus4 and C 6/9) replete with six jaw-dropping, full-length performances of her most popular tunes; Cause of You, New Grass, Let It Rain, Impossanova, Kali Dreams, C-9 Improvisation and the award-winning Atomic Reshuffle. Each tune is meticulously notated and tabbed using a very clear and inventive approach for notating this particular style. Also included in this section, Vicki's 12 Steps to Exploring New Tunings is in itself, one of the most ear- and eye-opening tutorials on the subject of open tunings. Whether you work with Vicki’s tunings or invent your own, as she very effectively demonstrates, you will be generating exciting new sounds and making incredible new and original music from the very first lesson. Join the renaissance!

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3D Guitar – 3hr Instructional Video
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