On this vid, Tom Rush demonstrates what makes his playing so special. His teaching style is perfect for beginning acoustic guitarists who haven’t had much experience with capos. He knows how to break a song down so you can work on the smallest details. And again, Homespun’s split-frame format lets you see both hands simultaneously.
Along with chord shapes and left-hand technique, he breaks down his right-hand fingerpicking technique, which is essential to his delivery. He also discussses open tunings.
For a guy who says he doesn’t know what he’s doing, Rush sure can play guitar. Even if you don’t plan to hit the folk club circuit, How I Play (Some Of) My Favorite Songs contains more than a few nuggets that can be mined and incorporated into any style of playing.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Feb ’07 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.