JOHN Style EXERCISE2
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[Bar 1] This example really highlights the influence that Donovan had on John’s fingerpicking style. Clean playing and a strong rhythmic drive are the essential elements here and it’s a real workout for the picking fingers.
[Bar 3] Make sure you change smoothly from the Em in the previous bar to this B minor chord; you don’t actually have to use a barre at the second fret but it may help to even things out if do.
[Bar 5] Another shift from a major chord to its parallel minor, in this case a minor chord that contains a major 7th (Cm/maj7).
[Bar 11] All of a sudden there is a note on the first string, so i would recommend striking this one with the ‘a’ finger on your picking hand. John’s thinking was perhaps the most unorthodox of the three guitar-playing Beatles and his playing style and chord choices underline this.