"GROOVIN´ FINGERSTYLES - professional accompaniment of songs"..... is a successful workshop concept focussing on advanced fingerstyle and classical guitarists looking for modern and orchestral concepts for the accompaniment of songs.
Based on the book of the same title (Acoustic Music Books, 2000) groove-related accompaniment techniques (e.g. percussive sounds, special harmonics, walking bass, alternating thumb strokes, and many more) are worked out with the help of songs from the fields of Folk, Pop, Blues, and Jazz, which are inspired rather by the sound of a band than the sound of an individual guitar.
Moreover, the concept is concerned with colourful sounding chords (open-string-voicings, Jazz chords and reharmonization) and theirtheoretical background.
The workshop is rounded off by the topics "arranging piano parts for guitar" as well as "Arranging for two accompanying guitars" , so that the participants will finally be enabled to accompany songs in a groovy manner. Another related topic is working with the synthesizer as a creative means of orchestral enlargement of guitar sounds and for teaching purposes.
THE WORKSHOP HAS A MODULAR STRUCTURE AND CAN VARIABLY LAST FROM ONE AFTERNOON OR EVENING TO TWO DAYS.
November 5, 2000
Workshop "Groovin´ fingerstyles"
Dear Mr Nünning,
I would like to thank you again for the fantastic workshop "Groovin´ fingerstyles" you carried out for our society in Saarbrücken.
Without exception all the participants were enthusiastic.
What fascinated most was your harmonic and rhythmic approach to guitar playing which makes the instrument into an accompanying orchestra. The participants especially liked your demonstration of ways to substitute and enlarge chords. They were also impressed by the fact that the harmonic basics worked out were immediately put into practice and that you demonstrated groovy stroke techniques, walking bass, picking patterns, percussive playing techniques, and special effects.
"That´s the way I like to play the guitar" was a remark I could hear several times from the participants.
I would like to congratulate you on your work and your successful workshop, and I am sure that you will enthuse many more guitarists with it in the future. Anyway, I would like to invite you to carry out another workshop for our society next year.