Venice, California – On the Path LLC has just released the first in a series of master classes by virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist, Michael Chapdelaine, available through their best-selling iPad app, “On the Music Path.” In this first lesson, Michael Chapdelaine teaches his beautiful solo arrangement of the Cherone and Bettencourt hit ballad, More Than Words, breaking down each element of his arrangement and showing students how to imitate the sounds of the bass, drums, guitar and vocals to create an exquisite solo guitar performance.
The lesson is structured in an incremental, step-by-step fashion so that even intermediate guitarists will be able to master the early steps and add subsequent layers as their skills advance. Michael’s fingerstyle arrangements have become YouTube sensations with dozens of aspiring guitarists posting their own performances of Michael’s arrangement. With over 50 minutes of video and 15 practice sessions accompanied by both guitar tablature and musical notation, this is a unique opportunity to learn the art of solo fingerstyle guitar from one of the world’s leading fingerstyle guitarists.
About The Artist:
Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres: the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield , Kansas. He won the National Fingerpicking Championships at Winfield in 1998. He has twice won the coveted National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalist Grant, and has taken First Prize in both the Guitar Foundation of America’s and the Music Teachers National Association’s Guitar Competitions. He has also won the Silver Medal in Venezuela’s VIII Concurso International de Guitarra “Alirio Diaz”. Michael is Professor of Music and head of guitar studies at the University of New Mexico.
About The App:
The “On the Music Path” iPad app offers carefully structured lessons on how to play the guitar, piano, drums and bass from a star-studded cast of world-renowned musicians. In addition to Michael Chapdelaine, teachers include Jackson Browne, Richard Thompson, Eric Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro, Vonda Shepard, Leland Sklar, Lee Ritenour, Kenny Sultan, Scott Tennant and Ravi Shankar.
On the Music Path has been a top-ranked app since its initial release at the end of April and has garnered 5-star reviews from users and critics alike.:
“On the Music Path has to be one of the most ambitious iPad apps for guitarists built yet,” extols Fretboard Journal.
“Every once in a while a product comes along that is so well done, so well thought out, that it takes a little time to realize just how special it is,” writes one user.
On the Music Path has been featured as a “New and Noteworthy” and “What’s Hot” app in over 100 App Stores worldwide and was selected by Apple as a “Staff Favorite.”
* Requirements: Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 7.9 MB
Pricing and Availability:
On the Music Path 1.1 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category. Lessons cost between $4.99 and $19.99 and include 45-90 minutes of one-on-one lesson time with a master musician accompanied by musical notation, chord charts, lyrics and guitar tablature synchronized to the teacher’s playing. The app includes lessons for all levels of students, from novice to advanced, and is available exclusively through Apple’s App Store. Students can download the app and try out the first few chapters of any lesson for free.
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On the Path LLC is a small software development firm with a passion for music and a belief in the age-old tradition of apprenticeship between a student and a master teacher. Copyright (C) 2011 On the Path LLC. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.