Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Beginners Go For Closure

Here's a beginner fingerstyle lesson for those familiar with how to read tab.

The first measure is all open strings, so for starters just practice playing the G, B, and E strings once each.



Your Picking Hand: Use your thumb on the G string, your index on the B string, and your middle finger on the E string. See how gently, beautifully, and fluidly you can play the three three fingers in succession.

Your Left Hand: When that's going well, try putting your first finger on the first fret of the B string. Be sure to be able to hear all strings clearly, nothing muted or buzzing. When you have that, play with adding and removing the first finger from the fretboard so that the sound remains fluid.

The key will be in the timing between the two hands. It may be obvious that you need to time the pressing down of the string with the plucking to get a smooth transition from the open note to the fretted note.

You will also need to time the removal of your finger with the plucking in order to have a smooth transition back. Go slowly.

Try out the other sounds, and notice that in the last bar your thumb switches and plays the D string. That's probably enough, or more than enough, for one day.

If you're having a hard time switching between the different notes on the fretboard, be patient. You will very likely figure it out yourself, but I'll return soon with more detail.

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