Guitar Techniques - - LEARNING ZONE -

[Bar 3] Hav­ing set up the al­ter­nat­ing bassline we can now fo­cus on putting a sim­ple syn­co­pated melody over the top. If you are new to this style one of the big­gest chal­lenges can be co-or­di­nat­ing the ham­mer-ons and pull-offs against the bassline so start slow if this is the case. [Bar 8] Small el­e­ments of phras­ing can also pro­vide chal­lenges, such as this slight bend on the first string, 3rd fret. It’s sub­tle, so don’t dig in too hard. [Bar 13] Much of ef­fec­tive fin­ger­style play­ing comes from learn­ing the var­i­ous pick­ing hand pat­terns that fin­ger­pick­ers em­ploy. This pat­tern is par­tic­u­larly com­mon so in­ter­nalise it and, when you see it again in an­other con­text, it will feel a lot more familiar.

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