Tech­nique Fo­cus

Fin­ger­style ny­lon string acous­tic

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Acoustic -

Pluck­ing the string with the nail pro­vides a clear and sharp at­tack to the notes, much like a plec­trum, and this sound is es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive for notes played on the bot­tom three strings. Long nails also help with fin­ger­style pre­ci­sion. When it comes to get­ting a good ny­lon-string gui­tar sound, the old cliché ‘it’s all in the fin­gers’ has never been truer. Make sure your fin­ger­nails have smooth edges, with the aid of a nail file, emery board or buf­fer. You also need to de­cide where to pluck the string: nearer the sound hole will pro­vide a mel­low tone whereas pick­ing near the bridge will sound brighter. Take your time work­ing through the tran­scrip­tion. I have la­belled the fret­ting hand fin­ger­ings (1 to 4) and the fin­ger style pat­terns (pima) and ref­er­enced these fin­ger­ings to a video of EC play­ing the tune for au­then­tic­ity. It is well worth ex­am­in­ing Eric’s fin­ger­ings and fin­ger­style pat­terns as they of­fer many eco­nomic so­lu­tions.

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