Guitar Techniques - - LEARNING ZONE | ELLIOTT SMITH -

[Bar 1] Be­fore we start, don’t for­get the al­tered tun­ing here: C-G-C-e-G-C, an open C chord. a typ­i­cally ear-catch­ing Smith-es­que chord here, the #11 (F#) in this chord is what gives it the un­set­tling char­ac­ter be­fore re­solv­ing to C at the end of the bar. Smith used such ten­sion and re­lease to great ef­fect in his work. [Bar 2] One of the caveats of play­ing in open tun­ings is that pretty much ev­ery chord will re­quire learn­ing a new fin­ger­ing, so if you are new to al­tered tun­ings scan through this piece first to get all your fret­ting-hand shapes in place. [Bar 9] We’ve played some pretty ‘large’ chords up un­til this point and while these ex­pan­sive sounds are a fea­ture of el­liott Smith’s style he would also use more sim­ple open-string ideas with some ba­sic melodic move­ment within them, as you’ll find in this bar. [Bar 12] Play­ing shapes that are spread across the strings and have a fret­ted note on the sixth string are more chal­leng­ing so I’d take a look at this G7 in iso­la­tion to en­sure your fret­ting-hand fin­gers are com­fort­able.

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