Flatpicking Guitar Video or DVD 1003
Having created the first day-long workshop devoted exclusively to rhythm playing, renowned flatpicker Orrin Star has helped guitarists around the country improve their rhythm skills. This 75-minute video offers an enhanced version of Orrin’s live workshop, featuring additional bass runs and songs, a new section on playing with other guitarists, and a guest appearance by Kenny Smith.

Starting with the basics and working up from there, it will show you:

• a full range of strums and bass runs
• how and when to apply them
• the key to killer bass runs (rest strokes)
• the ‘cool’ chord forms
• how to approach faster songs

“Bluegrass guitarists have developed
some of the most potent and interesting
rhythm techniques ever heard—but they
are seldom taught or discussed. My
workshop takes a hands-on, detailed and
entertaining look at them. ”

Flatpicking Guitar Video or DVD 1007

A comprehensive guide to bluegrass lead guitar playing by one of America’s top flatpicking instructors, this video illuminates the vital but often overlooked subtleties that are at the heart of this exciting style—the things that tablature won’t tell you. Among them:

• how to think like a fiddler
• the central role of strums in lead playing
• how to properly alternate your pick strokes
• the role of double-stops and harmonized leads
• using lyrics & singing styles to guide your solos

Starting with a simple scale and progressing through colorful arrangments of eight classic tunes, it covers every important flatpicking technique—from Carter to Blake-style, crosspicking to floating—while also imparting the thinking behind and within the style."

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from the Primer


-------FUN SONGS &


Live concert CD, Good Ear 01, 1998
“wonderfully seamless mix of
great music and funny stories.”
---John Weingart,WPRB-FM,
---Princeton, NJ

“Picking fanciers should grab this disc, as should any fan of the Sultans getting antsy waiting for them to bring their good-natured show back through the neighborhood..”
----Bluegrass Unlimited

CD, Flying Fish 456, 1988

1. Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down
2. Killer-Byte Blues
3. Partida
4. Cindy
5. Carolan’s Draught
6. Swervin’ In My Lane
7. Before You
8. Oh Susannah/Gold Rush/Hop High Ladies
9. Ways and Means
10. Eurail Rag
11. Polly Wolly Doodle/Golden Slippers
12. Holiday Hornpipe/Indian Killed the
-----Woodcock/Shenandoah Falls

CD, Good Ear 02, 2001
(Orrin's first solo reocrding; originally released on vinyl and cassette as Flying Fish 267, 1982)

1. The Other Way Around
2. Sweet & Shiny Eyes
3. Stumble
4. Wonderful Dish Rag
5. Chicken Reel
6. Lady Be Good
7. Cotton Patch Rag
8. Alcatraz
9. Old Joe Clark
10. Muskrat Ramble
11. Took My Gal A Walkin’
12. Waltzing Matilda /By The Rivers Of Babylon

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The first comprehensive guide to bluegrass
guitar licks. Cited as one of 25 'essential'
instruction books by Acoustic Guitar. Covers
playing up the neck, crosspicking,bluesy licks
and how to think about soloing.
Special celebrity section with licks by Doc,
Tony, Norman, Dan and Mark O'Connor

Price: $23 plus $5 shipping.

(Also available: Homespun's Double CD set
with all 400+ licks in the book.
$25 plus $3.50 handling)

note: the CDs are a separate item from the book
and only useful if you have the book)

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Orrin Star, 6318 Jason Street, Cheverly, MD 20785
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