Truefire - John Knowles - Fingerstyle Journals
Composer, recording artist and master fingerstyle guitarist, John Knowles has collaborated
with the world’s finest fingerstyle and classical guitarists including Chet Atkins, Jerry
Reed, Lenny Breau, Tommy Emmanuel and the Romero Family.
John's work won a Grammy, received two Emmy nominations, was inducted into the National
Thumb Picker's Hall of Fame, and was awarded the first Honorary CGP (Certified Guitar
Player) degree by Chet Atkins!
Fortunately for we fingerstyle players, John is also a passionate and accomplished
educator. Guitarists around the world subscribe to and learn from his FingerStyle
Quarterly. We’re thrilled to welcome John to the family with his first TrueFire course,
”I’ve chosen a handful of fingerstyle solos that I think you’ll enjoy learning and
performing. We’ll cover five originals and one arrangement of a traditional tune. There’s
Las Palmas… with a little mariachi influence, After Paris… European memories, Chicken In
The Rain… there’s something about wet chickens, Turning Home… the feel of the open ocean,
Danny Boy… a timeless Irish melody, and Boulevard… a tune I wrote for my pal Chet Atkins.
I’ll show you how to play each one and share my thoughts about composing, arranging,
practicing… you know… the good stuff. ”
John will first perform the song in it’s entirety and then break it down note-by-note
emphasizing all of the right and left hand techniques in play. Along the way, John will
share background and insight about composing, arranging and performance.
All of the performances are tabbed and notated. You can also loop or slow down any of the
videos down so that you can work with the lessons at your own pace.
Grab your guitar, and let’s dig into the Journal with John Knowles!