really gonna start with some very, very,
very basic things here.
And for some of you more advanced
you may be tempted to kind of skip this
part and move further on.
But I would really ask you to, to kind of
bear with this because, a,
from my own experience I found that
sometimes going back to the beginning,
not just in music but in, in lots of
things that, that I'm interested in like.
Going back to the beginning you can
sometimes pick up things that you missed
somewhere along the lines.
So it, it's all valid, so you know, if
you, if you don't mind,
just kind of stick with it right from the
very beginning and there, there might be
some other things that you find in here
that, that of interest so rather than.
Moving on ahead.
Start from the beginning.
So, we're really going to start at the
very, very, very beginning.
I'm actually just holding a guitar.
Now when I first started to play my dad
gave me this guitar and,
and he gave me a pick, and I, he sat with
it like this.
And I just played like this, exactly the
way that he did and all his friends did.
Along the way, I've kind of changed things
For a while, I played, I used to have a, I
used to stand with a strap.
And then sometimes I used to sit with a
Sometimes on the right knee, sometimes in
But, over the years I've kinda settled on
in the classical the classical position.
I use a foot stool.
I have the guitar resting in the middle.
And particularly for finger style,
it means that your, your hand is really
where it, where it needs to be.
You're not gonna have to, if you, if you
got it here, you're gonna be in a position
where you're having to move your hand in,
in an awkward position.
Here it's like, I always say this is like,
it's like dancing, you know?
It's like, that's your, your hand on.
The ladies back, and then ya this is,
you're holding the hand, here.
You're doing a waltz.
So, it's very important, right from the
very beginning, as I've said earlier,
to, get a close relationship with the
Feel comfortable with it.
It's a great big lump of wood, basically,
But I want you to feel that it, it's part
Just hold it close, get it really it's got
it's got to feel comfortable.
You've got to get to the point where you
don't even, you don't even feel you're,
you're playing the guitar.
Sit around the guitar, sit around the
house, with the guitar, pick it up.
Just so it becomes second nature to you.
And all the time, when I'm playing.
And I could be on stage, playing a solo
And suddenly the guitar just disappears.
The music just takes over.
And I'm not even aware, that I'm playing
So I want you to really start thinking
about that, right from the very beginning.
Get the guitar so it's so
comfortable you hardly even know you're,
you're holding it.
This is the way it works for me.
It might not work for you.
Experiment with it and, and see how that
feels for you.
With the right hand, my style of guitar
playing, is really based on the,
the right hand.
Very often, guitar players come and see
and they'll say, could you show me how you
do such and such a thing?
I've, I've heard you play this, could you
show it to me?
And I'll start playing, and nearly always
they look at the wrong hand.
They look at the left hand.
Everything's in this one.
This is where everything really happens.
In fingerstyle playing, it's a right
handed guitar guitar technique.
So everything is going on here.
I'm going to talk in more detail about
this later on.
I'm gonna talk about advanced techniques
with the right hand.
But feel the hand that's that's
comfortable here and
now if I'm playing finger style, I'm
With a little bit.
With a little bit of nails, so I grow my
nails slightly not, not very long.
And what this does is I I can then get
different textures out of a note.
I can make the, I can make a, a note sound
attacking, quite hard, and, and, and
attack it or I can make it very soft.
So it, by using the flesh of the finger,
it can be, see with the thumb, that's
quite a soft, kind of sound, or I can,
So I have lots of options there.
All these options are all part of our
musical vocabulary, so
that works well with me.
Some guitar players don't like to play
with nails, but I do.
But you don't need your nails very long,
and if you have trouble with your nails,
as well, there's all kinds of things,
if you don't mind going, you can go to a
And they'll fix your nails with acrylic or
silk wraps or gel.
This is what I do.
My wife does this for me.
She puts gel on here, which protects the
They're less likely to break.
And actually, it makes the nail slightly
And I, I prefer the sound of that.
So you might wanna look into that a, as
So we have this, getting the, the
right-hand technique here.
The, there's another thing we can do.
Some guitar players like to play with a
I've never been able to play with one, but
you can do the same thing, with with a
Just, some people just feel more
comfortable with that.
We can also do, like a hybrid, way of
playing, where we play,.
With a pick, with a flat pick and fingers,
so we can play with the,
the pick just held between the thumb and
the first finger
but then we bring in some finger style as
It's very good if you want to play finger
style but also want to play some really
nice single string lines as well.
I'm starting to favor this way of playing
a little bit more.
I don't do it as much as I, I should do
but I'm starting to play more like this,
this hybrid way of playing with a pick as
because I also have, I've developed a way
of playing with the thumb.
I use upstrokes as well.
Sometimes I need to use the thumb and this
is a very good trick for you.
Some people call it palming the pick.
I'm not actually putting it in the palm.
I'm putting it in this finger here.
So, I can play this kind of thing,
when I go between playing with a pick and
playing with fingers.
So, I'm I'm going backwards and forwards,
that's a really good technique to learn if
Now with the left hand you've really just
gotta feel very comfortable.
Keep the hand really loose.
Keep the fingers loose.
One thing not to do and it's very common
thing that happens is some people
get a bit kind of, pushy with the thumb
here, really pushing in here.
And, know what, sometimes I play and
I don't even put my thumb on the back of
So, keep everything fairly loose.
Don't, don't grip hold of it.
Keep very loose about it.
But again, I can't really,
there isn't really a particular method
I'll give you for the left hand.
That's something that you'll, you'll find
out for yourself.
Whatever feels comfortable for you.
But the main thing is to keep, just keep
relaxed with your left hand and
keep everything relaxed when you're
Don't grip at the neck just be ready to
just be ready for action all the time.
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