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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Fingerstyle

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Tricks and Techniques, Fingerstyle Part 1.
So here's a little lesson
on country guitar,
this is something I started with recently.
'Cause there al, there's always nice
to find new things within music,
new stuff you haven't checked out.
Music is like a never ending road.
There's always something new to learn,
to practice and to improve on.
So this is just a little bit for
fun what I've been doing lately.
I got inspired when I played
at the Finger Style Festival.
I was the only jazz guy there.
The other players were pure finger style
players in the style of Chet Atkins,
Jerry Reed, and and Tommy Emmanuel.
So I started practicing this a little bit,
and I checked out Merle Travis,
one of the pioneers of this style.
He was actually just using this
first finger along with the thumb.
So he.
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When he played, his thumb.
And I forgot to mention, most players,
they wear thumb thumb pick for
their thumb to get the really plucking.
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Thumb sound.
Right now I don't have a thumb pick here.
You might see me with one
further down the road, lets see.
But right now I'm just using the thumb and
I'm muting.
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To get that kind of plucking sound with my
right hand.
So Merle Travis actually,
he used this finger, like this.
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This one,
I prefer to use this one for
some reason because it's.
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You don't have to stretch as far.
I think when Chet Atkins
heard Merle Travis,
he thought he was using more
than one finger here, so
he started using some of his other
fingers like these two, and this one too.
And did the more complex
version of Travis's style.
Adding more notes, and
playing more arpeggio.
More, kind of, harp sounding, at times.
I've done a little song that I'm gonna
teach you in this style, just for fun.
First of all.
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Some rules about the thumb.
The thumb is plucking like this,
back and forth.
From the root third root, maybe a root for
third and fifth on the bass.
So, alternate with the fifth.
Doing quarter note.
One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
Like this.
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You could even.
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Just double root.
Or if it's a 7th chord,
you can play like root and 7th.
Back and forth.
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Four.
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If you're here.
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So this is a good way of practicing this.
Just sitting, watching TV,
doing something else.
You just get the thumb going.
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The thumb will.
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Be going at all times if you're going to
master this style.
So like this, different chords.
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Practice it like that.
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Like this
song I wanna show you now,
I used a little.
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Idea I had.
A couple of changes, it's B flat 7.
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Thumb goes like this, E, it's an E6 chord.
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Again, then E, E flat, B.
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You have C sharp here, C sharp 7.
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Here we have F sharp 7.
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And then.
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And then back to E.
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And the melody will be.
One, two, three, four.
F sharp, G.
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Up to G sharp here.
So.
I'm throwing in a little
B open string there.
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Once again that B.
And then up.
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Up to G sharp and
throwing in a C sharp there so.
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Same thing and the thumb goes like this E.
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Go up there.
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G sharp.
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E E C sharp,
E, C sharp.
E, C sharp, E, C sharp.
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E, E flat, D.
Down to C sharp.
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So C, G sharp on top.
A.
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Back to.
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To G sharp and I am throwing in this note,
open B string once again.
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Down to F sharp.
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Alternating between this note.
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It's D sharp.
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And then down to this one, D.
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And then back to.
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And then.
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That note.
F sharp, G.
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B.
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C sharp, B, G sharp, E.
So, slightly faster it will be.
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Faster.
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Faster.
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Faster.
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One, two, slightly faster.
One, two.
One, two, three, four.
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Here's the play along track for this song.
One, two.
Here we go, enjoy.
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