Video of the Month: Ben Kammin
The second video of the month this month is a nice tune called “Sleepytime” played here by Ben Kammin and written by Alex DeGrassi. If you are a decent fingerstyle player and have ever wanted to try DADGAD tuning then this tune is a great place to start. This was the first DADGAD tune that I ever learned and it was from watching another video of Ben playing an excerpt from “Sleepytime” that I was inspired to learn it.
The tune is pretty straightforward, except for the bridge section where you need to get a “four-over-three” feel. Otherwise this tune is all about creating a mood – there are no flashy pyrotechnics – you just need to play cleanly and let the notes ring for as long as possible. Transcriptions are available from Alex DeGrassi’s website.
Ben Kammin is a graduate of the Fingerstyle Guitar program at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona where he teaches guitar and does research for UWM.
Ben’s Website: www.benkammin.com
Ben’s YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/benjaminkammin
Alex DeGrassi’s website: www.degrassi.com