Post by thisoldman on Sept 13, 2020 13:47:50 GMT -5
Something occurred to me a few minutes ago. I don't know if this comes under the heading of finger picking, per se, but, what I want to do is learn to finger pick a particular song in a particular key and build on that. Everything I know/do is from that style/process. Short of a one on one teacher, which in this day and time is hard to find, even in a place the size of Houston, I was hoping (I guess) a book, or books would lead me in that direction.
Post by 8ntractor on Sept 13, 2020 14:44:28 GMT -5
I find these to be very helpful for when the guitar is not handy -- fun to play too. the first one is learning the notes on the fretboard and the second is to learn the intervals. I agree on the videos most are too fast and I have really slow internet. It is not finger picking but for starting out I found the keith urban 30 songs series very helpful and they list the chords as he is playing slowly the songs from 1-30 are set up to teach a couple of new things and you are able to play the song by the end of it. I am up to song 4 I think - that is Bon Jovi
All three are offered as a bundle on each amazon page.
As to which is better for you, I couldn't answer. It depends on your learning style and which presentation makes the most sense to you.
The way I learned was spending a whole summer locked away with a Happy Traum book from Oak Publications called "Contemporary Fingerstyle Guitar", that is long out of print. It had stuff such as Doc Watson's "Sitting on to of the world" in it.
I just looked at the notation as vertical slices in time, and made my fingers go from one stack of notes to the next very slowly, and slowly speeding up until it sounded vaguely like music. It took most of that summer back around 1973. After that, I started learning John Denver and others like him by ear off the recording.
Today, there is an overwhelming amount of books, DVDs, online courses, etc. It seems like too much. When I was learning, it was really much easier because there were very few books and no video or teaching recordings, so you worked with what was, and made it work for you.
One thing about the few books there were back then is that you had to be able to read. There was no TAB to work with.
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When I started playing guitar in 63 I had a loaner slotted peg head folk guitar and got the basic chords down then pretty much watched music shows on TV and watched and picked up more. 1965 got my 1st electric no amp yet is was a Harmony Rocket thin line hollow body so I could gear it fine. I started to learn lead guitar parts off the radio , who had money for records.
Soon after I started to try finger picking and this one girl I knew in high school knew some and showed me a bit. The rest was just based on that and it didn't take long. Now I really only play finger picking haven't used a pick in years. I keep finding new ways . and more notes strings . I don't even know what the shapes are called. For me the tech part of the books or on line watching just kill the thrill for me. That's just my personal opinion, not advice. I don't recall there being any books when I started playing guitar, I thought having a chart were every note on each string all up the neck would be good , saw one and realized it just repeats one string over then the next octave past the 12th fret. I read sheet music because my first instrument was a B flat clarinet that was from 8 to 13 then I found out that little music stands purpose in the case was for band marching music and traded that thing in the new week to pay for the loaner guitar. I wanted a Cello yet that was far to much money my father couldn't do it. I always liked strings above everything else on the planet.
Yes, I realize hes using a thumb pick but I see no reason I couldn't just use my thumb. The point being he uses only his index finger for "picking". My buddy up in east Texas does a similar style
Of course they have been playing a lot longer than I have, but, they use a combination that intrigues me that I think I could do-
BTW, that's a 40 dollar Kona my buddy is playing.
The second video is an example of hybrid-picking, often used by Tele players (including my son Clayton) A flat pick is held with the thumb and index and supplies the bass line while the bird finger (and sometimes the ring) picks the melody on the treble strings. Clayton uses this method on the Tele, but when he plays acoustic, he uses his thumb, but also picks with his bird finger, not his index; the index just points off into space.
My friend and sometime playing partner, Al Kirby, also plays this style. He does play a nice old blue floral Tele, but uses the hybrid style on his acoustic as well. Here's Al playing the hybrid style and me playing Travis/Cotten/Hurt... style using my thumb, index and bird fingers on Mississippi John's Creole Belle. Can you tell which is which? Creole Belle - Kirby & Yates
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.