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Riff Interactive has released 2 new Interactive Guitar Lesson CD-ROM products from guitar educator Michael Johnson.

Folk Guitar is the cornerstone of contemporary music. Migrating from Europe as the "common man's music", this genre soon flourished throughout the new world; branching into rock, country and blues. During the '60s and '70s, a wave of folk guitarists exploded onto the music scene and they still inspire many modern day musicians.

In Folk Guitar Legends I (retail $11.95, sale $9.95), you'll learn the style and techniques used by each of James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce, and Simon & Garfunkel.

In Folk Guitar Legends II (retail $11.95, sale $9.95), you'll learn the style and techniques used by each of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Emmylou Harris.

The lessons cover the styles of these guitar legends by focusing on finger-picking chords, playing various chord progressions and even using acoustic solo techniques. The magic of the folk guitar sound comes together when you can play all these techniques to form an orchestra of sound created by a single guitar. Many of these patterns are at the intermediate and above level, but most beginners will find some of these guitar patterns easy to learn and very inspiring to play as well.

About the Author

Michael Johnson is a musician, teacher, and author. Playing guitar since the age of 6 and teaching for over 25 years, Michael is the '92 & '93 winner of the KISW "Best Guitarist in Seattle" and author, editor and web developer for Experience Hendrix (Jimi Hendrix estate). Michael has performed in former bands with recording artists George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Eric Martin (Mr. Big, 415, The Eric Martin Band) and currently teaches thousands of guitar students on RiffInteractive.com.

CD-ROM Features:

  • Interactive tab/notation that syncs to the actual guitar audio.
  • Virtual guitar neck showing the notes being played and the fingering.
  • Select, loop, slow media and tab notation down to your desired speed while maintaining original pitch.
  • Videos and looping jam tracks to practice with.
  • Transcription of lessons where actual students interact with teacher.

The Riff Interactive CD-ROM catalog which contains previews of each product is at: www.riffinteractive.com/catalog/hc.htm. All new CDs retail for $11.95, but are currently on sale for $9.95 for a limited time.

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