This new Volume 1 DVD and Songbook is everything you need to know to start playing your Woodrow.
The DVD is a lesson with Dan Williams, and teaches you everything from holding, tuning, and playing, to exercises for furthering your skills. A dozen songs are included, as well as a few easy techniques such as hammer on, slides, and the tremelo. This 55 minute lesson is broken down into chapters so you can easily pick up where you left off, or watch a certain spot over again. Once you know the songs, its easy to play right along with Dan.
Follow along the DVD with your songbook. Wildwood Flower, Over the Rainbow, You are my Sunshine, and Under the Boardwalk, are just a few of the songs included. All are broken down into woodrow tablature to make them easier to play. Plenty of photos, scale exercises, and a chord chart make this a guide invaluable to the new player.
The second volume is currently underway, and will include playing in the minor key with a capo, more advanced techniques, and more excercises to improve flatpicking techniques…….
Being relaxed and comfortable is important while playing. If you are concerned about holding the instrument the whole time, then playing won’t be as fun. The key is to not muffle your own strings with your forearm as it supports the instrument. If you pay attention and do it correctly for the first few times you play, then soon it will become second nature.
1. In a relaxed manner, cross your body with the Woodrow with the neck in your fretting hand.
2. support the neck with your fretting hand, then bring your strumming hand to the strings, wherever is natural feeling. (don’t worry about strumming over the soundhole)
3. your strumming forearm should gently support the instrument against your body in (or near) the crook of your elbow, but should be able to freely move.