EX­AM­PLE FOLK STYLE PIECE

Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Session -

[Bars 25-26, part 2] As this first phrase is based around the shape of an open D chord, it makes sense to use the fol­low­ing pick­ing hand fin­ger­ing: thumb = sixth string, first fin­ger = third string, sec­ond fin­ger = sec­ond string and third fin­ger = first string. [Bar 30] Watch the slide up and down here so the pitch­ing is cor­rect. [Bars 32-34] the last three notes of bar 33 need to be fret­ted with stan­dard ‘open D’ fin­ger­ing so you can let these notes and the phrase in bars 33 and 34 ring to­gether. [Bar 35] the first four notes of this lick need to be held down as a lit­tle chord shape, again so that the notes ring to­gether. [Bars 37-38] the tim­ing of these two licks in these two bars are a chal­lenge. prac­tise slowly to a metronome so you can feel the phrase, and then grad­u­ally in­crease the tempo. [Bars 39- 40] As with bars 25 and 26, the shape of this is your ‘open D’ so again, fret it as a stan­dard open D chord and use the pick­ing hand fin­ger­ing as per bars 25 & 26. [Bars 41- 42] this F ma­jor pen­ta­tonic (F g A C D) based open string run isn’t played round a chord shape, but still try to keep as many notes as pos­si­ble fret­ted down with your fin­gers clear of the other strings so all the notes can ring nicely to­gether.

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