Fingerstyle Guitar: Can You Do It?

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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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