Example JAMES TAYLOR styl e
[Bar 1] Use this simple intro sequence to orientate yourself with the 3/4 pulse if necessary. A standard ‘pima’ picking hand approach will work well throughout this piece. [Bar 5] Moving basslines are a key feature of Taylor’s style, and hint at the piano-like approach he brings to his playing. Use the fourth finger on the fretting hand to reach for the bass note on the 4th fret, fifth string here. [Bar 10] Sus and 7sus4 type chords are very common in Taylor’s writing, and ‘soften’ the sound of standard major or dominant chords. If you’re new to these voicings, then they are well worth committing to memory. [Bar 16] Embellishments on simple chords are another essential element of his style – this simple hammer- on within a D major chord appears time and again in his music – in fact, you could call it his signature lick.