Does anyone know any songs that incorporate basic percussive techniques that someone beginning to learn percussive guitar could attempt? Failing that, any resources for beginning to play percussive guitar? I wish to be able to play the style of Mike Dawes, Jon Gomm, Andy McKee etc.
After continuing my practice for the 5 years since my post, I thought I'd backfill a little on how I did it. I began with Andy McKee's Drifting, as this is a reasonably simple tune, that contains fairly complex but fundamental techniques. I started with YouTube videos of tutorials, and then began to use the tab to make sure I understood. Once I had this mastered, I took on Rylynn and his version of Africa by Toto. I also took on "Gloria" by Jon Gomm, as again it is simple but fundamental in it's style.
Mike Dawes has been a fantastic learning opportunity for me, and going through from "Somewhere Home" which is relatively simple, but contains a bit more nuance and subtlety than other pieces, to "Boogie Slam" which is a little more McKee-esque. With all of these pieces, I took a similar approach. I would begin by learning the key melodic and rhythmic patterns, before getting them up to speed. Once I could actually play the piece, I went back with a fine-tooth comb to find the additions that really made the piece what it is, and focussed on each of them until I could play accurately and at full speed. The more pieces I played, the more techniques became natural, and the faster I can now pick up new ones.
I'm now trying to develop my own style and begin to write my own pieces in this genre, but the artists I mentioned above have helped me no-end to get this far.