Ex­am­ple BEN HARPER STYLE

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

Don’t for­get to de-tune your sixth string so you are in drop D tun­ing (D-A-D-G-B-E). What we’ll see here is how Harper uses this tun­ing to get some unique sound­ing chord and riff based ideas – in essence, he can fol­low stan­dard chord pro­gres­sions but make them sound more in­di­vid­ual thanks to the chord voic­ings drop D tun­ing can pro­vide.

There is quite a lot of legato (ham­mer-ons and pull-offs) within this piece and th­ese must be ex­e­cuted with per­fect tim­ing or things will be­gin wan­der. Al­though we are work­ing at a slow to mid tempo here, some of th­ese phrases will re­quire a turn of speed so en­sure the fret­ting hand can play th­ese up to tempo so iso­late them if nec­es­sary.

For this folk-de­rived pick­ing pattern I’d go with a tra­di­tional ‘pima’ ap­proach to the pick­ing hand – so, the thumb (‘p’) plucks the sixth string, fol­lowed by the ‘m’ (sec­ond fin­ger) for the sec­ond string; the first fin­ger (‘i’) for the third string and fi­nally the ‘a’ (third fin­ger) for the first.

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