Fingerstyle Guitar: Can You Do It?

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(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

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:

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: . 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


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


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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