Fingerstyle Guitar: Can You Do It?

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And if so how well? Nylon string or steel string? Is there a difference in technique between nylon and steel? Do flamenco players have the best technique? Do you Travis pick? Using i, im, ima, ima + e or c whatever they call the pinky? Are you left-handed like me? Does that make it extra-challenging?

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:32 (five years ago) Permalink

oppa fingerstyle
heeeeey sexy Fender

my super interesting Kant story (DJP), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink

(no I cannot)

my super interesting Kant story (DJP), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink

(Then maybe you should take lessons from Freddie Bryant, Dan)

Stranded In the Jungle Groove (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:35 (five years ago) Permalink

huh maybe!

my super interesting Kant story (DJP), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:38 (five years ago) Permalink

i do a lot of half-assed self-mess fingerpicking thx to starting out as a bass player and playing a fair amount of classical for a while, so it ends up as some sorta morphed clawhammer weirdness. def not "good" at it, but people think it's impressive if they don't know better. i barely ever play with a pick, tbh.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:39 (five years ago) Permalink

I will say that after you set up my guitar and started strumming all kinds of awesome shit on it I was super impressed, because I don't know any better

my super interesting Kant story (DJP), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:40 (five years ago) Permalink

I can fingerstyle moderately badly. Steel string only because I fantasise about playing amplified even though I never play anywhere other than on my sofa in front of the tv. Flamenco is fun but not for me maybe, idk. Have learnt by rote/brute force a handful of fingerstyled tunes (here comes the sun, blackbird, these days). Can travis pick (ima) + related patterns but not quite well enough to do it over ad hoc chord changes, and certainly not improvising a melody line over the top or whatever - that is the next goal, i guess.

ledge, Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:41 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah i am pretty bad at it and wish i was much better

call all destroyer, Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:42 (five years ago) Permalink

I can play a bunch of Fahey and Elizabeth Cotton songs and stuff like that decently well. I mostly use T, I and M. Used to play a little classical guitar which uses the ring finger as well, and as much as this adds options, I find it easier to play without it on a steel string. I do love bossa nova and samba guitar though, which uses thumb and three fingers.

I can't do flamenco or anything speed-heavy. I've always had slow hands.

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:43 (five years ago) Permalink

  • not really
  • prefer nylon but most times I've tried this has been on steel strings
  • nylon has a greater variation in tone depending on whether you pluck the string with the nail, side of the nail, side of the thumb/finger/etc.
  • no opinion, but it reminds me of the argument that the fastest electric players are the 'best' players
  • Travis picking: I've tried it a lot, but it's like playing the rhythm to 'No Fun' by The Stooges - it's simple enough, but if you don't get it more or less exactly right it sounds terrible
  • I don't bother using my little finger as it isn't long enough
  • right handed
  • I don't think that being left handed makes much of a difference past the mental effort to remember everything 'backwards'. Fingerstyle is hard whichever way round you play, because of the effort in training your fingers to do what you're telling them.

These goons are from Galactor and who gives a s*** (snoball), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:43 (five years ago) Permalink

well left-handed does make classical tricky because its hard as fuck to find a lefty classical guitar

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Forgot to ask whether you trim your nails to a specific shape.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:52 (five years ago) Permalink

fuck that, i pick with my fleshy fingerpads and screw the tone, i'm only amusing myself after all.

ledge, Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:54 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah i actually avoid the nail thing because im mostly playing electric and i dont want to overemphasize the snappiness i already get because of my fucked up technique

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:57 (five years ago) Permalink

wat is travis picking?

lo! dating (dog latin), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:57 (five years ago) Permalink

when I was perusing guitar teachers the other day, I ran across a fingerstyle dude who included "nail maintenance" as one of his major areas of instruction, which is honestly not anything that would ever have occurred to me to worry about

my super interesting Kant story (DJP), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:59 (five years ago) Permalink

guitar style made very popular by the british band "Travis" xpost

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:59 (five years ago) Permalink

And if so how well? - i'm competent. i posted a video up on the other thread of me playing

Nylon string or steel string? Nylon mostly

Is there a difference in technique between nylon and steel? one hurts your fingers more

Do flamenco players have the best technique? don't think so

Do you Travis pick? dunno

Using i, im, ima, ima + e or c whatever they call the pinky? I don't know what this means but I only sometimes use my pinky

lo! dating (dog latin), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:00 (five years ago) Permalink

wat is travis picking?
Playing a steady bass line with your thumb on the beats and playing everything else with some subset of the other fingers. Named after Merle Travis although of course he didn't invent it.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:01 (five years ago) Permalink

i also dont worry about nails much because given the nature of the shit i do around the store, im going to fuck up my nails as often as not, and ive known dudes that were basically incapable of playing with a broken nail.

i also suck w/fingerpicks, although ive found that the fred kelly thumbpicks combined with those alaskan fingerpicks are worlds ahead of the usual dunlop/national plastic stuff.

O_o-O_O-o_O (jjjusten), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:02 (five years ago) Permalink

to starting out as a bass player and playing a fair amount of classical for a while
Classical guitar? Did you have a teacher or read a book or just figure it out yourself?

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:03 (five years ago) Permalink

wat is travis picking?
Playing a steady bass line with your thumb on the beats and playing everything else with some subset of the other fingers. Named after Merle Travis although of course he didn't invent it.

― Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:01 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Travis picking is a misnomer not only for this reason but also because Travis actually only used his thumb and index, which almost no one does.

I've always assumed the style evolved out of an immitation of stride and ragtime piano.

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:04 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm an unbelievably chronic nailbiter which pretty much fucks me as a remotely serious fingerstyle player. on the couple occasions i've been able to grow out those nails it's pretty great tho.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Hah, I knew someone was going to call me on that and say that he only used his index. How many fingers did Elizabeth Cotten use?

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:09 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't play with a pick much anymore but i can't call it "fingerstyle" really. it's all kind of half-assed in a jeff beck/mark knopfler kind of way. but less good.

goole, Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:09 (five years ago) Permalink

I think people who are more careful say Travis-picking for thumb plus index, and Atkins-picking for thumb plus index plus middle.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Elizabeth Cotten played upside down with her thumb playing on the high strings. Pretty sure she mainly used three fingers but IDK. Search her on youtube, mind-boggling to watch her left hand.

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:12 (five years ago) Permalink

As for nails, I prefer either bare flesh or fingerpicks

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:14 (five years ago) Permalink

I had never looked at gary davis's fingerings, and out of curiosity I found him on youtube -- whadya know, plays with his thumb and index too:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlQZwHcBqyQ

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Lenny Breau used the ring finger and eventually started using the pinky as well I think. As as result when he would drop by to see his mentor Chet Atkins and show him some new stuff at some point Chet couldn't play it.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Is everything I've ever read on the Internet about travis picking wrong? I thought it was a specific pattern:


x---x--
--x----
-t---t-
t--t---

(any four strings, t=thumb, x=other finger/s of choice)

ledge, Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Bottom is right, mostly, although you could reverse the order and thumb a higher string first. Top could be anything. Also it is not limited to four strings, you could be using thumb on bottom two or three strings and the fingers on the top three or four.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 February 2013 17:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah was just trying to keep the diagram simple!

ledge, Thursday, 28 February 2013 18:01 (five years ago) Permalink

The specific pattern is that the thumb never stops playing quarter notes. Maybe we forgot to mention that.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 28 February 2013 18:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Hm. actually the dashes don't seem right in that diagram even for the thumb.

Just saw a guy playing a six string bass fingerstyle like a guitar.

Johnny Too Borad (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 1 March 2013 04:11 (five years ago) Permalink

That lick mark knopfler plays before yelling "ha!" during the "in the gallery" solo is the reason one might want to sound snappy on an electric

that Django got me Nuages (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 1 March 2013 07:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Hm. actually the dashes don't seem right in that diagram even for the thumb.

oh yeah i missed a gap, first notes (the pinch) are quarter, the rest are eighths.


x----x--
---x----
--t---t-
t---t---

ledge, Friday, 1 March 2013 09:14 (five years ago) Permalink

interested to know what fahey tunes you play, hurting. are they tricky? in alternate tunings?

ledge, Friday, 1 March 2013 15:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I play Orinda-Moraga/Poor Boy Long Ways from Home pretty decently (alternate tuning), I can pick my way through Bicycle Built for Two ok (I play in standard but I'm not sure that's how he does it), and also Requiem for John Hurt when I'm in practice (a favorite)

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Friday, 1 March 2013 15:48 (five years ago) Permalink

the triplets on Requiem for John Hurt are pretty tricky

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Friday, 1 March 2013 15:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh and Jesus is a Dying Bedmaker -- one of the best song titles ever

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Friday, 1 March 2013 15:54 (five years ago) Permalink

cheers. they mostly sound if not look well beyond my level but it's good to have goals.

ledge, Friday, 1 March 2013 16:06 (five years ago) Permalink

not just good, necessary. if i don't have something to work towards i end up treading water or not even playing at all.

ledge, Friday, 1 March 2013 16:11 (five years ago) Permalink

The easiest of them would be Orinda-Moraga -- the bend thing is a neat trick that's simple once you get it down

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Friday, 1 March 2013 16:16 (five years ago) Permalink

One of my all-time faves:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLeqnEDF7jU

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Friday, 1 March 2013 16:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Can do it a bit but not very well, too lazy tbh, flatpickers of the world unite!

.... the rest look like Dudley Sutton (Tom D.), Friday, 1 March 2013 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

^^ James Taylor explains about nails

inste grammophon (rogermexico.), Friday, 1 March 2013 18:43 (five years ago) Permalink

im starting to play rudimentary fingerstyle travis picking crabclaw whatever. i've just got the basic premise of it and i'm like too in love with this thing that i can make and just play with it all the time, not really progressing. i learnt like wildwood flower and then just played with the scale and chord combinations.

plax (ico), Saturday, 2 March 2013 01:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Anyway, imo Pumping Nylon is great for anyone playing/learning nylon-string guitar.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 26 April 2014 22:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Got that one too. How do you suggest I should approach it?

Choogle Plus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 01:01 (four years ago) Permalink

Wow, that was fast. Definitely read and try to apply the general principles in the "Dos and Don'ts", "Left Hand", and "Right Hand" section. (Maybe it's all familiar for you? The way they break things down was eye-opening for me. I had developed some horrible painful habits previously.) As exercises go, I'd recommend using ones that are relevant to the techniques you're most concerned about. "Odair's Favourite Drill" (on p 21 in my book) is good. I used the slur drills on pp 50-51, the "Synchronization" drill on p 65, and the Giuliani Studies that start on p 80. (I might just use sequential planting as opposed to the full plant/sequential plant method they suggest.) I'd recommend starting with just a couple of those studies at a time but I don't really know what your current level is.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Sunday, 27 April 2014 01:15 (four years ago) Permalink

My current level can probably best be described as "my mind is writing a check my fingers can't cash."

Choogle Plus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 01:18 (four years ago) Permalink

And thanks for the advice, I'll take a look.

Choogle Plus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 01:19 (four years ago) Permalink

Also, what do you do about nails?

Choogle Plus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 01:28 (four years ago) Permalink

Not sure what you're asking, sorry. Are you asking what a good nail shape is?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Sunday, 27 April 2014 01:30 (four years ago) Permalink

My current level can probably best be described as "my mind is writing a check my fingers can't cash."

If this is the case, you will probably find Pumping Nylon useful (if possibly gruelling).

EveningStar (Sund4r), Sunday, 27 April 2014 01:31 (four years ago) Permalink

Yes about the nails. Just saw guitar player filing his before he went on.

Choogle Plus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 02:01 (four years ago) Permalink

Just got back to my own neighborhood and stopped off to see some Latin Jazz but meanwhile Indian guitar master and composer Prasanna is playing behind singer doing "My Favorite Things."

Choogle Plus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 02:04 (four years ago) Permalink

Sorry wrong thread.

Choogle Plus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 02:04 (four years ago) Permalink

Note that I am not actually familiar with this guitarist except for the brief bit I heard tonight. I just saw those words on the website, probably should have put them in quotes.

Choogle Plus (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 03:05 (four years ago) Permalink

Had another book before by an author I usually think is pretty good but in this case I was disappointed. More later.

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 05:28 (four years ago) Permalink

Don't see "Spoonful" in that book, see "Stormy Monday."

Book I was disappointed in is Beginning Fingerstyle Blues Guitar by Arnie Berle and Mark Galbo. Exercises which take up most of the book are insufficiently bluesy. But there are six transcriptions at the back and the only one I really looked at, because it was the only sing I recognized, "32-20 Blues," is awesome.

Disappointed because I found another Arnie Berle book, Chords and Progressions For Jazz and Popular Guitar, very useful.

Remembered the main thing I've been working on recently is just to get strict mi alteration in the right hand. Previously I had been mixing in one finger stuff and/or raking.

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 13:24 (four years ago) Permalink

I mean if a fingering was written out I would play that but otherwise sight-reading a melody I would play whatever I wanted.

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 13:47 (four years ago) Permalink

OK, looking backward through the Berle blues book, I see that the I was being too harsh. The section on playing inversions of the 7th Chord is good, as is Picking-Hand techniques. Book starts to really pick up, as it were, around page 47, when Blue Notes are introduced.

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 14:08 (four years ago) Permalink

I knew something was missing!

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 14:08 (four years ago) Permalink

OK, think this PN is just what the doctor ordered. Thanks, Sund4r.

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 April 2014 23:41 (four years ago) Permalink

Without seeing your nails in person, or knowing more about what you're looking for, I'm hesitant to give specific advice on shaping them, beyond the general principles that you would find in books like Pumping Nylon. It's a pretty individual thing. Have you talked to a teacher?

You file with a regular nail file from the drugstore (ideally 'diamond dust') and buff with extremely fine sandpaper from the hardware store (no less than 500 grit).

There is some more info here, although I use the opposite thumbnail shape as this guy: http://www.thisisclassicalguitar.com/fingernails-on-classical-guitar/

Artificial nails and the glue that comes with them seem to really weaken my actual nails. I'm not sure why: I didn't have this problem in my early 20s.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 28 April 2014 13:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Definitely practise scales with strict mi alternation if that's what you need to work on. If you can find the Royal Conservatory technique book, it has scalar exercise after scalar exercise that are designed to progressively build this technique.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 28 April 2014 13:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Tbh, I don't remember if there were scales in PN. Will check when I get home.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 28 April 2014 13:43 (four years ago) Permalink

This is useful. Thanks, more later.

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 28 April 2014 18:19 (four years ago) Permalink

(I love Prasanna btw.)

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 01:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Quick question: two octave scales or three?

Prasanna has been playing recently at that place both as a leader and with some other projects I am interested in. I need to go back and check him out properly the next time.

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 02:11 (four years ago) Permalink

Think he must have met some of the other musicians at that music school in India, what is it called? Oh, I see, Swarnabhoomi, and I see it says he is the President.

You didn't go to his workshop in Banff a few years back, did you?

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 29 April 2014 02:17 (four years ago) Permalink

Do you really think I need that Royal Conservatory book? Like to think I can figure out my own fingerings at this point- avoiding repeating a finger at all costs, as I've been told- and have some pattern books if I need them.

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 30 April 2014 23:47 (four years ago) Permalink

I was just mentioning it because it's a collection of good technical exercises that I'm familiar with that is readily available where I am. I'm quite sure there are others. Certainly, I can understand if you don't want to spend money on it, especially if it would be an import for you (idk if this is the case). If you want to work on stricter RH fingerings, then working through repetitive scales and patterns with these fingerings, with a metronome, seems like a good way to go about it, whatever source you're using for the material. But, honestly, I can't really say what you need with any certitude: I haven't seen you play.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 May 2014 01:21 (four years ago) Permalink

I've never been to the Banff Centre, actually.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 May 2014 01:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Sorry if the tone was a little snippy in the last reply. But yeah, any good technique book will probably be useful.

Quick question: two octave scales or three?

For practising right-hand technique? Both could work. If you haven't been doing them a lot, it would probably make sense to start with 2-octave scales before working up to the longer ones. Obviously, some scales, e.g. C, will be easier to do as 2-octave scales.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 May 2014 01:28 (four years ago) Permalink

I didn't find your tone particularly snippy, I'm used to you by now:) Your advice in general has been very helpful so far, really, thanks for taking the time. Now that I think about it, I did order a music book from Canada once. The Jazz Bass Line Book, by Mike Downes. Recommended highly by another Canadian bass player, Don Thompson.

Bee Traven Thousand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 2 May 2014 01:39 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Prasanna is no longer associated with that school.

Was assigned one of those Giuliani exercises this week.

The "5" Astronomer Royales (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 3 October 2014 03:35 (four years ago) Permalink

Sorry, étude not exercise.

You Better Go Ahn (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 4 October 2014 00:20 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

It's Merle Travis's birthday today, so I would like you all to spend an extra half hour at least on your Travis picking.

Wall of Def Jam (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:28 (two years ago) Permalink

yes sir!

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:34 (two years ago) Permalink

object lesson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC8LQ1UQO8k

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 21:38 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Just came across a discussion this and can't figure out what to make of it: https://www.classicalguitarcorner.com/an-argument-against-memorization/

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 11 June 2017 00:37 (one year ago) Permalink

As someone who cannot read music, after reading that, I now feel even more like a total hack when I pick up a guitar. Cheers.

Austin, Sunday, 11 June 2017 02:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I dream of being good enough to consider myself a hack.

The XX pants (ledge), Sunday, 11 June 2017 09:03 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I've never been to the Banff Centre, actually.

Is this still the case?

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 11 August 2017 20:08 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

The ever-challenging thing is remembering these classical etudes: which left hand and right hand finger is doing what. Do much better if I figure out what the harmony is and use that to keep track of where I am supposed to be.

Merry-Go-Sorry Somehow (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 September 2017 21:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Guess I just going to follow Sund4r's advice on the other thread and put the metronome on super slow and then inch it up when possible.

Merry-Go-Sorry Somehow (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 September 2017 23:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Inch worm
Inch worm
Measuring the marigolds

Merry-Go-Sorry Somehow (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 September 2017 23:09 (one year ago) Permalink

That's generally good but esp with classical, it can also sometimes help to remember to avoid 'broken record' practising. I'm trying to make sure I apply 'deliberate practice' as described here: https://lifehacker.com/5939374/a-better-way-to-practice . It can make a big difference. It helps to focus on a little bit (e.g. a phrase) at a time, identify specific problem areas, then target those (by slowing down, IDing the block, then inching up after fixing it).

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 25 September 2017 01:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, I did for quite a bit until I got fatigued and I stopped :) Thanks for the article. I read the Ericsson book mentioned there and recommend it. I believe Ericsson uses the term "Purposeful Practice."

I used to talk about this stuff at lunch with a guy who plays the cello who would discuss it in terms very similar to those in that article. He also had a really good story about how one Hungarian pianist practiced, György something, Sándor, maybe, but I have to see if I can remember how it went.

Merry-Go-Sorry Somehow (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 25 September 2017 01:43 (one year ago) Permalink

I can play "Bron-yr-aur' in glorious CACGCE

calstars, Monday, 25 September 2017 02:01 (one year ago) Permalink

cool.

Sund4r, debating whether to email you a link to this piece I am trying to learn and ask whether you have played it or have opinions about the fingering.

The 2541ders (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 02:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Feel free. I can try to get to it on the weekend.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 12:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Sent

Two-Headed Shindog (Rad Tempo Player) (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 30 September 2017 01:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Must confess I have never been able to sight-read - indeed can't read at all - after decades of periodic attempts of varying seriousness.

That said, I started with a nylon-stringed classical guitar, mainly because my mother had one around the house. She was an old folkie type, and I guess in the 60s it was pretty common to learn guitar that way. Nylon is kinder to fingers. I think I worked clumsily through some books of fingerstyle tab. Paul Simon, Suzanne Vega, Clapton, Gilberto.

I still play fingerstyle on my mother's old guitar sometimes. Occasionally I will do something fingerstyley on steel-stringed acoustic. I tend to like guitars with wider nuts, because the spacing accommodates fingerstyle playing better.

But I've never quite gotten the hang of fingerstyle on electric. It's so quiet compared to picking, and accommodating that drop in volume is difficult if I want to do both inside a given song, or even within a given gig.

cornballio (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 5 October 2017 15:09 (one year ago) Permalink

For a long time I had this weird stubborn thing about not picking with my ring finger, only using the thumb index and middle. Lately I've finally reincorporated the ring finger again and it really opens up a lot of possibilities, not sure what I was on about.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 9 October 2017 04:26 (one year ago) Permalink


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