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 (nine years ago) link

oppa fingerstyle
heeeeey sexy Fender

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

(no I cannot)

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

(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 (nine years ago) link

huh maybe!

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

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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

call all destroyer, Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:42 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

  • 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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

wat is travis picking?

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

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 (nine years ago) link

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

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

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

As for nails, I prefer either bare flesh or fingerpicks

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

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

Yeah was just trying to keep the diagram simple!

ledge, Thursday, 28 February 2013 18:01 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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

ledge, Friday, 1 March 2013 15:29 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

the triplets on Requiem for John Hurt are pretty tricky

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

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

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

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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

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

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 (nine years ago) link

^^ James Taylor explains about nails

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

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 (nine years ago) link

I see, I posted the obit when he passed but not the other links and didn’t type anything either except his name and the name of his business.

Time Will Show Leo Weiser (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 24 July 2020 03:18 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

TS Nails vs. Fingers
https://rmclassicalguitar.com/tarrega/

Two Little Hit Parades (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 August 2020 19:19 (one year ago) link

Another one of my neighbors weighs in, although he has since moved:
https://www.adamrafferty.com/2012/03/19/guitar-right-hand-technique-nails-vs-flesh/

Two Little Hit Parades (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 August 2020 19:21 (one year ago) link

Hm, doesn't seem like there's much there in the way of modern classical players who don't play with nails? Somewhat interesting that Sor didn't play with nails, although I doubt his instrument was the same as the guitars we play now - were strings still made of gut then? The Tarrega thing is interesting, though.

The nexus of the crisis and the origin of storms (Sund4r), Saturday, 29 August 2020 21:08 (one year ago) link

Doesn't one of those links say Pepe Romero had his (Thornton) students play with flesh for a year or two and then gave them the choice afterwards?

Two Little Hit Parades (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 August 2020 21:28 (one year ago) link

Here's another discussion I just glanced at: https://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?t=121220

Two Little Hit Parades (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 August 2020 21:30 (one year ago) link

More discussion here. Seems to say that Pepe's father made him play without nails for a while but not so clear that Pepe did this with his own students. https://www.classicalguitardelcamp.com/viewtopic.php?t=81344

I've heard that for years too. My friend asked Scott Tennant (who was Pepe's student) in a master class if Pepe ever had his students play without nails, and he said not that he knew.

Two Little Hit Parades (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 August 2020 22:25 (one year ago) link

The OP in the Delcamp thread ("Modernising No-Nails Playing") is the same guy who wrote the first piece you linked. This seems to be a hobbyhorse for him, although NB that afaict he often doesn't play modern nylon-stringed classical guitars at concert pitch. (He posted a video of him doing so but the point was that he commonly does play historical instruments, e.g. lutes, gut strings, low tunings).

Tbc, I don't push nails on anyone who isn't planning to play classical guitar at a fairly serious level. I don't think there's really much of a debate within that context, though? xp

The nexus of the crisis and the origin of storms (Sund4r), Saturday, 29 August 2020 22:29 (one year ago) link

Oops. Sorry for not looking more closely.

Two Little Hit Parades (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 29 August 2020 23:04 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

I've finally started getting my head around fingerpicking and am quietly excited about how much I've progressed in the last six weeks (from utter simpleton to bungling halfwit, but I'll take it). I'm kinda clumsy and, as mentioned upthread, get bored quickly so rarely make it to mastery before moving on but hell I'm enjoying myself. Inveterate nail-biter so flesh over nails but intrigued to try the other way.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:57 (one year ago) link

Good stuff. Started looking into theory?

I guess I'd be lonesome (Sund4r), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 01:35 (one year ago) link

anyone have any good resources for self-teaching fingerstyle? i found the nails v flesh stuff itt very interesting b/c i too am an inveterate nail-biter who forced myself to grow some right-hand nails for a while, but found them to be as tricky for developing a good technique as flesh is.

right now i mess around with some bert jansch tunes and have toyed with some of the easier fahey stuff but i'd love to take a more general approach than just learning songs if there were a way to do so.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 03:09 (one year ago) link

Hey Sund4r - I think it'll be part of the process. I've got an intuitive (ish) understanding of the neck of the guitar but only slowly re-learning from scratch, making my way around triads and scales etc. It's amazing how much of this business is about engagement; simply practising and being with your instrument and how that leads to leaps of progress and understanding. That book you recommended elsewhere looks great.

Call all destroyer, speaking very much as a beginner, I've been using a fairly scattershot approach to it - finding videos, trying different things. I'd totally appreciate a more 'definitive' approach if anyone has one!

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 09:36 (one year ago) link

I play very chordally, and tend to think in terms of movable chord shapes and easily located arpeggios.

This approach makes right-handed picking accuracy less important - if all the notes I am fretting are potentially "right" - or, right enough by virtue of being in the appropriate key or chord - then I worry less about accidentally playing a "wrong" note.

(This may be because I am left-handed but play as a righty.)

Although I don't use it consistently, I find the CAGED system is very helpful for opening up the fretboard. When you start with cowboy chords you tend to over-rely on them.

The CAGED concept allows you to say, "welp, I'm already up here on the tenth fret and need to play an Amaj7. There isn't time to go all the way back down to my usual Amaj7, so I will find a voicing for that chord that is bear where I am."

Yr true CAGED-heads can associate the chord forms with scales and modes. The normal book for learning this is Fretboard Logic. Much of it is over my head (and overkill for my style of music), but it's pretty well-regarded.

nonsensei (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 11:04 (one year ago) link

That is *near* where I am.

Tl;dr: if your fretting hand is doing its job, then you have a bit more leeway in terms of what you pluck.

nonsensei (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 11:08 (one year ago) link

you might already know this, but using your thumb to fret the top string in barre chords is essential

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 18:37 (one year ago) link

as for nails vs flesh, i gave up on nails and developed a more percussive style with my fingers. there are also "open" finger picks which are kinda the best of both worlds

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 18:39 (one year ago) link

Can that thumb-fretiting thing be down with every kind of neck? Don't think so.

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 18:41 (one year ago) link

maybe not a classical guitar? it was my understanding that fingerstyle generally referred to steel string acoustic

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 18:44 (one year ago) link

I get bored every once in a while and try playing upside down just to really reformat my brane:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUK8emiWabU

So many years of conditioning makes it hard to break routine but it helps rediscover playing by simply turn the instrument over, switching hands and unlearning habits.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 18:58 (one year ago) link

I'm just kinda ambidextrous yet not nearly enough to really be able to just let it all come out smoothly and effortlessly.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 19:00 (one year ago) link

I pretty much never thumb-fret, partly because I keep hearing that good form requires the thumb to be on the back of the neck, and that the overhanging thimb indicates sloppiness.

I do make exceptions for songs where there is a specific bass run on the low E, and the thumb is most convenient fingering, because reasons.

An example is "Driver 8." I think I have used my thumb for the bass notes of "Driver 8."

nonsensei (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 19:03 (one year ago) link

Specifically D with an F# in the bass

nonsensei (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 19:04 (one year ago) link

It is completely possible to play barre chords (xp or inversions) without ever thumb-fretting ftr.

I guess I'd be lonesome (Sund4r), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 19:06 (one year ago) link

Which songs would you recommend learning as a progression to get to:
https://tommyemmanuel.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/chet-atkins-walk-dont-run2.pdf

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 19:19 (one year ago) link

Sund4r is correct that thumb-fretting is never a necessity. There are a few situations where it might makes l sense (for me, the D with F# in the bass a la Driver 8). But if pressed I could use a different fingering, no prob

nonsensei (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 19:57 (one year ago) link

Interesting. If Elizabeth Cotten is playing upside down à la Jimi Hendrix, then she is not thumbing her bass notes.

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:09 (one year ago) link

if a la Jimi Hendrix, she would have reversed the string order though

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:15 (one year ago) link

Oh right. In fact that is what it looks like she was doing.

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:18 (one year ago) link

Do people actually play fully upside down?

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:19 (one year ago) link

a left-handed high school friend exclusively played his epiphone SG fully upside down. it freaked me out.

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:21 (one year ago) link

from Dick Dale to Gruff Rhys

bogo jumbo boba (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:31 (one year ago) link

My brain can't do the mirroring properly so I couldn't see that Elizabeth Cotten was playing fully upside down.

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:37 (one year ago) link

Lol, I was going to say something rude to you but I'm happy we're now all on the same page.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:42 (one year ago) link

From Sufjan's list: Laetitia_Sadier

I had no idea, and I'd seen guitar-era Stereolab more than a few times!

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:43 (one year ago) link

So it seems like she is playing the melody with the thumb, the bass with her index and then the thumb is also doing the comping.

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:50 (one year ago) link

yep, just a "simple" claw with anchor, but both fingers have 4-string range.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 21:55 (one year ago) link

There's a pretty interesting music youtube guy called Benn Jordan who plays upside down guitar - he was given a right handed guitar as a left handed child and no-one ever intervened to let him know the strings were the wrong way round. By the time he found out it was too late to change. Watching him fingerpicking made my brain go a bit weird

kites aren't fun (NickB), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 23:36 (one year ago) link

https://youtu.be/7n5Rdt8cOQk

kites aren't fun (NickB), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 23:41 (one year ago) link

Which songs would you recommend learning as a progression to get to:
https://tommyemmanuel.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/chet-atkins-walk-dont-run2.pdf

Do you play any bass + melody stuff already? Can you play "Freight Train" (whether upside down, right side up, with or without thumb fretting, etc)?

I guess I'd be lonesome (Sund4r), Friday, 16 October 2020 17:58 (one year ago) link

i used to be able to do a mean Dust in the Wind

Dinglebarista (Neanderthal), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:07 (one year ago) link

Silent Lucidity or gtfo

nonsensei (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:43 (one year ago) link

Been playing since the 80s and I still can't cleanly play a bar 7th chord on the A string or a bar minor chord on the E string worth a chud. I just cannot get that note on the bar between the fretted notes clean.

I'm not ready for 'the claw' or anything, but I can get the picking hand down some now. I can't keep callouses on my picking hand, which is the reason I never got away from playing bass with a pick.

Albert King and Doyle Bramhall II both also did/do the upside town strung guitar. I saw Bramhall up close at a small club in Lexington a few years ago and it was really wild to watch him play.

earlnash, Tuesday, 20 October 2020 02:45 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Since October, I've got my head around Travis picking, have learned* how to play Don't Think Twice and The Boxer and have been messing with some mental Nick Drake tunings - notably BEBEBE - and can do clumsy, ragged impressions of Northern Sky and The Fly.

*learned is always a fairly loose term; mostly I still play like an arthritic rhinoceros.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 29 December 2020 23:02 (one year ago) link

nice, Don't Think Twice was one of the first I learned and it's got some really pretty chord changes in it

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 29 December 2020 23:14 (one year ago) link

Where's a good place to go from there, man alive?

it's got some really pretty chord changes in it
I love the 'walks' from the Am to F and D7.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 29 December 2020 23:18 (one year ago) link

Have you ever heard the John Fahey tune Orinda-Moraga? That's a nice one that sounds harder than it is, although the nuances can be tricky. Good intro to fingerpicking in open tuning as well. A lot less left hand action than Don't Think Twice.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hHXJXx0-gA

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 4 January 2021 18:18 (one year ago) link

I've been working up a version of Mississippi John Hurt's Let the Mermaids Flirt with me, maybe 75% based on his version but with a few of my own ideas mixed in.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJmGWLJB3Nn/

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 4 January 2021 18:18 (one year ago) link


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