Martin explores relationships between traditional open (major and minor) tunings and more modern open tunings in this fun, accessible master class. Martin Simpson’s guitar playing is unsurpassed; he is one of the finest finger pickers and slide pickers of our time and was recently named one of the top artists of the decade by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Winner of 5 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – two of them in 2008 for Best Original Song and Best Album – an Indie Award for his album Cool and Unusual, and the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ards Guitar Festival, he is a superb interpreter of traditional music and song from both sides of the Atlantic. In this lesson, Martin looks at various tunings he uses as part of his signature sound and compares them in relation to each other and to standard tuning. He demonstrates commonly used chord forms that work in standard and open tunings. Martin’s take on Open Tunings and how they work is an absolute must for any guitar player! Martin also touches on some of his unique right and left hand techniques while teaching you five of his signature tunes – including traditional and contemporary songs.