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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-25-2001, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Technique Lesson: Fingerpicking - introduction to advanced

If you've never fingerpicked before in your life (except your nose), this is the thread for you. If you've done a little, you still might have something to gain.

Beginners
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What's the advantage of fingerpicking?

- It lets you articulate each note cleanly
- It lets you articulate strings on non-adjacent strings at the same time
- It gives your music a different coloring.

Lets start.

for our purposes, the following legend will be used:
P - thumb
I - index
M - middle
A - ring finger
S - pinky (rarely used in modern music)

A few examples we'll be referencing:

- Bon Jovi "Wanted Dead or Alive"
- Pink Floyd "Is There Anybody Out There"
- Beethoven "Ode to Joy"
- Whitesnake "Sailing Ships"

These songs could probably be played in a different fashion, but they're great examples of how fingerpicking makes songs easier. You could certainly play Ode to Joy on one string, but fingerpicking will provide a much fuller sound in this case.

A Few Tips Before You Play:
--------------------------------

Keep your hand parallel with the string and your fingers curled. Your thumb is responsible (usually) for 6, 5, 4 strings. Your index for the 3, your middle for the 2 and your ring for the 1st string. If you're practicing correctly, you should keep your fingers hovering right above their strings. When you articulate a note, you want as natural and clean a note as possible. When you watch your hand, it should look like the fingers are "walking" on the strings.


Let's start.

Probably the easiest example we're going to start with today is Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive". It's simple for a few reasons. The thumb does not move off of the 4th string and there is little movement across the strings. It's a very linear song.

Code:
   P I  A  I  P  I  A  I  P I  A  I
e------13---------12---------10----
B----------------------------------
G---14----14---12----12---10----10-
D-0----------0----------0----------
A----------------------------------
E----------------------------------
Obviously, this isn't too tough, and you probably can play it faster with a pick right now. But it's a good one to start with. Why is it a good intro? The thumb keeps articulating the the open D string. That pedal tone leads well into the verse which is in the Key of D.

Don't worry, it get's harder.

Pink Floyd's "Is There Anybody Out There" is a bit tougher simply because it employs all 4 frethand fingers and uses a bit more complex articulation patterns.

AGAIN, remember, your thumb hits the 6, 5, and 4, your index on 3, your middle on 2 and your ring on 1

Code:
E:----------------------0---------------0---------------0---------
B:--------------------1---1-----------1---1-----------1---1-------
G:----2-------2-----2-------2---2---2-------2---2---2-------2---2-
D:----------------2-----------2---3-----------3---4-----------4---
A:0-------0-------------------------------------------------------
E:----------------------------------------------------------------


E:------0---------------0-------0-------0-------0---------0-------
B:----1---1-----------1-------1-------1-------1---------1---------
G:--2-------2---2---2-------2-------2-------2---------2-------2---
D:3-----------3---2-------0-------------------------2-------2---2-
A:--------------------------------3-------2-------0---------------
E:----------------------------------------------------------------


E:----------------|--------0-------|----------------|------0---------
B:------1---------|------1---1-----|------1---------|----1---1-------
G:----2---2-------|----2-------2---|----2---2---2---|--2-------2---2-
D:--2-------2---2-|--2-----------2-|--2-------2---2-|2-----------2---
A:----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------
E:----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------


E:------0---------|------0---------|------0---------|--------------0-
B:----1---1-------|----1---1-------|----1---1-------|----1-------1---
G:--2-------2---2-|--2-------2---2-|--2-------2---2-|--2-------2-----
D:3-----------3---|4-----------4---|3-----------3---|3-----2-0-------
A:----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------
E:----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------


E:------0---------|--------0-------|----------------|--------0-------
B:----1---1-------|------1---------|------1---------|------1---1-----
G:--2-------2-----|----2-------2---|----2---2-------|----2-------2---
D:0---------------|--2-------2---2-|--2-------2---2-|--2-----------2-
A:------------3-2-|0---------------|0---------------|0---------------
E:----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------

                                             p   p
E:--------0-------|--------0-------|----------------|--------0-------
B:------1---------|------1---1-----|------1-3-1-----|------1---1---0-
G:----2-----------|----0-------0---|----0-------2-0-|----2-------2---
D:--2-------------|2-2-----------2-|--0-------------|--2-------------
A:0---------------|3---------------|2---------------|0---------------
E:----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------

                                             p   p
E:----------------|--------0-------|----------------|--------0-------
B:5-0-3-0-1-0-3---|------1---1-----|------1-3-1-----|------1---1---0-
G:----------------|----0-------0---|----0-------2-0-|----2-------2---
D:----------------|--2-----------2-|--0-------------|--2-------------
A:----------------|3---------------|2---------------|0---------------
E:----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------


E:8---0-7---------|------0---------|------0---------|------0---------
B:----------------|----1---1-------|----1---1-------|----1---1-------
G:----------------|--2-------2---2-|--2-------2---2-|--2-------2---2-
D:----------------|2-----------2---|3-----------3---|4-----------4---
A:----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------
E:----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------

                   grad. decrease tempo
E:------0---------------0-------0-------0-------0-|--------5---7---
B:----1---1-----------1-------1-------1-------1---|----1/5---------
G:--2-------2---2---2-------2-------2-------2-----|--2-------------
D:3-----------3---2-------0-----------------------|-2--------------
A:--------------------------------3-------2-------|0---------------
E:------------------------------------------------|----------------

           rasgueado           
E:8---10---12-----
B:---------10-----
G:----------9-----
D:---------10-----
A:----------------
E:----------------
Ode to Joy is different in that fingerpicking makes the song much much better. It's not a matter of playing quickly, but a matter of ariculating notes that don't exist next to each other. Once again the same rules apply.

http://alt.venus.co.uk/weed/music/classtab/lvb_otj.txt

If you're fine with all of this, just wait. In the next week I'll add the begining to "Sailing Ships" that Vai did with Whitesnake. It's difficult but fun once you've got it. Good luck.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-25-2001, 10:17 PM
 
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Great lesson Chris :thumbsup: *My fingerpicking ability really blows right now and it could use a great deal of refinement. *Thank you!

And it's a nice break from all them sweeping and picking lessons too
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Right on! *I just decided a week ago I need to get my finger picking in order.

Thanx, Rich
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Now how about some 'real' fingerstyle...Doc Watson,Chet Atkins,Leo Kottke etc.
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Technique Lesson: *Fingerpicking

rosskoss, that "real" fingerstyle isn't my cup of tea, but feel free to teach your own lesson
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Technique Lesson: *Fingerpicking

Here's a tune to practice on also - it's the fingerpicked section of "Aerials" by System Of A Down - on the CD, he tunes down a 6-string all the way to C. *Pretty easy piece for beginners.
[font=courier new]

C-------0-----0-----0-----0-----0-------0-----0-----0-----0-----0-------0-----0--
G-----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-------0-----0-----0-----0-----0-------0-----0----
Eb-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
F--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
C---3-----2-----0-----0-----0-----0-5-----3-----2-----2-----2-----2-3----5-------

C-------0-----0---0---0-----0-------0-----0-----0-----0-----0--
G-----0-----0--------------0-------0-----0-----0-----0-----0---
Eb-------------------------------------------------------------
B--------------------------------------------------------------
F---2-----3-----2----------------------------------------------
C-------------------5----3------2------0-----0-----0-----0----- [/font]
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Speaking of "fingerpicking," are there any acoustic gurus here who could enlighten us with Michael Hedges' various techniques? Not that I could even do it but hey...

If you haven't heard of Michael Hedges, get a song called Hot Type.

-Justin
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Quote: from sixstringphoenix on 7:07 pm on Oct. 26, 2001
Speaking of "fingerpicking," are there any acoustic gurus here who could enlighten us with Michael Hedges' various techniques? Not that I could even do it but hey...

If you haven't heard of Michael Hedges, get a song called Hot Type.

-Justin
Michael Hedges is my all time favorite guitarist. A true musician.

Although I wouldn't personally pick "Hot Type" as a recommended song..

If you've never heard of him or heard him, look for a song called "Because It's There" or get the live CD, "Life on the Double Planet".

Absolutly amazing.
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Yeah, I wouldn't pick "Hot Type" either as his "best" song per se, but I found it hard to believe it was one guitar when I listened to it!

-Justin
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Sorry to be a crictic.. but that (all the examples ) are not real fingerpicking.. those are just VERY basic examples.. you play one note at a time.. i would advice bach's Bouree for starters, it can be played on an electric guitar and is great on coordinating the thumb in conjuction to other fingers...
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That's more classical right hand use, this is more examples of right hand finger picking in a rock context. Even though OTJ is given as an example to learn.
Rock guitar is no where near as finger picking orientated as classical guitar, so quite obviously the lesson is going to need be easier than a difficult classical piece as people are learning to finger pick from here, not learning difficult pieces.

I know it may not float many people around here's boat, but Radiohead's street spirit - fade out is good to start on.
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i would advice bach's Bouree for starters
hey whats wrong the the easy version of greensleves nearly everyone will have heard it and i remeber when i learned classical it was so cool to play as i knew it and it sounds pretty good , if i can get time i will tab it (if i get time)
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ps cool lessons Jem 7VWH
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