Learning fingerstyle from Denny Zager

A few years back I was looking for a new guitar and found the site of Denny Zager. If you’re as old as I am you probably remember the song “In the Year 2525”! These days Denny lives in Lincoln NE. builds guitars and gives lessons. I’m not sure if he does one on one training any more but he does have an extensive library of training videos and workbooks to teach the fingerstyle method that he has developed over the last 40 or so years.

If you visit his site, you’ll find that he has quite a system that he has developed for building incredibly easy to play guitars. And the prices are for the common person. When I bought my guitar he was still taking peoples guitars and applying his techniques to them. I wish I had done it at that time. Now he has moved on to his own line of guitars.

Depending on how well I do with this new fingerstyle technique I may consider a new guitar. I’d really like to have a ZAD50CE for my next guitar! I have played some alternate tunings lately, my favorite being EABEBE that Jars of Clay use a lot. I’d like to be able to just leave one guitar in that tuning and have another in standard tuning.

But for now I’m just learning to play fingerstyle like never before. I’ll see how that goes, then maybe I can talk the wifey into a new guitar!


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