A Letter to Mick Goodrick

This is from an actual e-mail I sent to my mentor, Mick Goodrick (aldready some time ago). I figured that it’s the best way to describe my initial idea about this page although I want to keep an open mind regarding what’s actually going to come out of this.

Dear Mick, 

I’m writing regarding this assignment you gave me a few years back. I don’t know if you remember this, but you told me to start composing my own exercises and that if I kept at it, I might have a book in ten years or so. It’s only been less than 4 years so the book is not nearly ready yet, but I have gathered a lot of ideas already! It’s going to be a fingerstyle-book. The aim of the material is to gain technical control and freedom and ultimately be able to improvise using all this. The topics will include travis picking, independent dynamics in fingerstyle, rhythmic exercises ranging from different meters to polyrhythms, techniques from banjo and classical guitar, improvising walking bass line and melody simultaneously (two-part improvising), three parts etc. The structure is still open but I have ideas. 

In fact I have this one idea concerning the whole process that I’m really excited about. Instead of just writing a book, I figured I’d open the process of making it to the public. The obvious way to do this would be to start a web page, where I could post articles with sheet music and videos and all. I figured that natural phase would be an article per week. That way it would be like preparing for an imaginary guitar lesson. That would produce 50 articles a year (if I take a two week break on Christmas) so the material to the book would pile up inevitably in a couple of years. The way I see it, there are many advantages in making it public. The possibility to get feedback on the way, the motivation of keeping a public promise of weekly articles and of course the publicity itself for unknown author like myself is valuable.

The primary reason I’m writing you, is to thank you for the inspiration! The initial spark for exploring these territories probably came from the page 24 of Advancing Guitarist. For 15 years the phrase “A good horse runs at the shadow of the whip” has been ringing in my head. Who wouldn’t want to be a good horse? Fast, strong, manly sized genitalia… Anyway, I feel like I’m continuing the tradition and I’d like to name the book and the site to honor that tradition: “Advancing Fingerstyle”…