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: 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 nine 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. His USC students are working with a diverse array of artists from Maynard Ferguson, Ray Charles and the L.A. Philharmonic, to Mark Anthony, the Back Street Boys, Madonna, Beck, Arrested Development, Snoop Dogg and Run DMC.