Fingerstyle Guitar: Can You Do It?

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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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