This is THE DVD for expanding your playing into the more exotic personalities of the acoustic guitar. 'Essential Acoustic Textures' provides an easy-to-learn method for learning Caribbean, South American and Spanish styles that can work well in all musical situations, from rock and pop to blues and bossa nova. Learn about: The samba style rhumba reggae bossa nova authentic flamenco techniques rasgueado and golpe techniques innovative plucking and strumming and recommended guitars and strings. Richard Smith is a session player and recording artist who lives in Los Angeles, California. His recordings have garnished praise such as 'Best Contemporary Jazz Guitar Album' (Tune Up Magazine), a nomination for 'Record of the Year' (Ad Lib Magazine, Tokyo) and 'Best New Artist' (Radio & Records Magazine). Richard is also a Senior Professor and Chair of the Studio/Jazz Guitar department at the University of Southern California.