Guitars Have Feelings Too Book

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Guitars Have Feelings Too was written to improve upon the guitar book as a method of teaching, while developing a new perspective on the topic of flatpicking guitar. Analyzing the stylings of historically progressive backup guitar players (Jim Baxter, Norman Blake, Maybelle Carter, and Riley Puckett), the reader is led through the bedrock tenets of American rhythm guitar; one that is inherently progressive, Knowler argues. This conversation touches on technique, theory, and how to better listen to the information provided by the fiddle. Applying these interrelated points to the subject of melodic guitar, the last quarter of the book introduces a largely unknown guitarist who conveniently exists as a crossover between old-time and bluegrass music, while setting in motion various points made throughout the narrative. It is with this information that the reader is encouraged to reevaluate flatpicking guitar as a continuation of the dance traditions which later developed into bluegrass music, as opposed to a genre of purely virtuosic instrumental music. The format of this method book includes longer examples in the back, neatly labeled in an appendix, with shorter examples woven into the manuscript to aid a focused learning experience.

The book is roughly 230 pages in total, with black and white illustrations done by the author. The book ships in 4 different colors, as shown in the pictures. If you have a preference, leave a note while checking out.

The purchase of this item will include both a physical and digital copy of the book, along with each video for each musical example. I will send the ebook, along with the video examples within 24 hours of your purchase.

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Below is a list of tunes I've shared on my Instagram account. To purchase, simply pay what you can afford via Venmo or PayPal, and simply indicate which tune you would like as well as your email address. Each purchase will include a full PDF transcription, as well as a slowed down lesson video.

Venmo: @cameronknowler


Flatpicked Guitar:

Presbyterian Guitar (John Hartford), w/ backup Arrangement

Blake's March (Norman Blake)

Clawhammer Banjo:

Green Leaf Fancy (Norman Blake), in gEADE tuning.


Blake's March (Norman Blake)

Individual Tunes - Pay What You Can