ExamplE TRACY CHAPMAN STYLE
[Bar 18] We change to a simple strumming pattern now: for these passages I’d strum with a light down-up motion using the picking hand first finger, the thumb or a combination of the ‘ima’ fingers on the picking hand. Keep it all re2laxAecdoaunsdticdon’t dig in too hard. [Bar 19] Here’s another common effect using the a7sus4 chord but this time moving to a a Dominant 7th for a bit of melodic movement in the chords you’ll hear this a lot in James Taylor’s playing.
[Bar 25] Make sure you lock in the with backing track when playing this short chord sequence and remember to syncopate beats 3 and 4 (ie play the chords on the ‘and’ of each beat) with a staccato feel on the ‘and’ of beat 3.