EXAMPLE ELLIOTT SMITH STYLE
[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.