Guitar Hero Ladd Smith Reveals Tricks of the Trade in Modern Nashville Guitar

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Winner of Guitar Player magazine's Guitar Hero 2007 competition, Ladd Smith and leading interactive music educator, TrueFire, release Modern Nashville Guitar, which guides guitar students and enthusiasts through the ins and outs of recording and performing pro guitar in one of the world's most elite music centers. Comprised of 40 interactive video guitar lessons, Modern Nashville Guitar delivers an intensive learning experience and insightful bird's eye view of both the cerebral and technical skills required to work and perform in Nashville's music scene.

Guitar Hero Ladd Smith

The tune is an ideal instructional tool because it features a ton of my favorite Nashville licks and techniques. I'm able to cover a wide range of up-tempo

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Modern Nashville Guitar, a new interactive video guitar lesson course from TrueFire and Guitar Hero Ladd Smith, guides guitar students and enthusiasts through the ins and outs of recording and performing pro guitar in one of the world's most elite music centers.

"Playing pro guitar in Nashville these days is the Olympic decathlon of the music biz. You must possess highly trained ears, top-notch improvisational skills, stellar right and left hand techniques and be prepared to apply them all on a moments notice, over any style of music - and that's just to get in the door," says TrueFire's founder Brad Wendkos. "Ladd's a bonafide young master of the Nashville scene, inspired by and now ably following in the footsteps of history's greatest guitar players."

Winner of Guitar Player magazine's prestigious Guitar Hero 2007 competition, Ladd Smith delivers an intense interactive video learning experience and insightful bird's eye view of the cerebral and technical skills required to work and perform as a pro guitar player both on the stage and in the studio.

"I am a visual, audile and kinesthetic learner and that's how I teach as well. It's much easier to watch, listen and play along to learn and internalize new information," says Ladd. Accordingly, Smith steps you through the 40 guitar lessons in Modern Nashville Guitar +in a very cognitive fashion. Smith deliberately avoids tedious notation, theory and exercises preferring to have students play their way through the material in the course.

Modern Nashville Guitar features an extensive series of "Outrun the Train" lessons, derived from Ladd's original composition of the same name (the instrumental version of which won the Guitar Hero competition). "The tune is an ideal instructional tool because it features a ton of my favorite Nashville licks and techniques. I'm able to cover a wide range of up-tempo "Tele-melee" material in an ear-friendly way with one common key, tempo and theme for ease of reference."

Ladd also walks students through a variety of other classic and contemporary styles, likewise selected to serve as learning platforms for guitar lessons covering other key moves and techniques. Modern Nashville Guitar covers the Nashville numbering system, provides gear overviews with each lesson, and drills down on dozens of key skills including hybrid picking, banjo rolls, chicken pickin', chord leads, butterfly hammer-on-pull-offs, unison and pedal-steel bends, train beats, open string pull-offs, vibrato, descending double-stop runs, triad pedal-steel guitar, sliding 4th interval licks and bends, arpeggiated rhythm, contrary-motion/counter-point lead lines, pedal steel licks, descending banjo effects, open string licks, behind-the-nut bends and whole tone licks.

"Whether or not the student aspires to be a Nashville player, Modern Nashville Guitar is a virtually bottomless resource of insightful guitar lessons for any style player," says Wendkos.

Modern Nashville Guitar is optimized for intermediate to advanced players and is presented across 2 interactive video software CD-ROMs (Windows and Mac compatible). This TrueFire course features 40 full-length video guitar lessons, text overviews, practice rhythm tracks, standard notation, tab and interactive Power Tab so students can "see" and "hear" the tab and notation played out at any tempo. TrueFire's interactive video lesson player features wide screen video, looping, slow motion, full-screen zoom, tuner, metronome, keyboard shortcuts and other useful controls designed to accelerate the learning process.

About TrueFire:
TrueFire produces interactive music education media and broadcasts music-centric video content to guitar pros, instructors, players and enthusiasts in over 170 countries. TrueFire's interactive library is comprised of thousands of lessons presented by 450 artists and educators. For more information about TrueFire, please visit http://www.truefire.com.

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