Fundamentals of fingerstyle: “Renaissance Faire”, a study in plucked chords

April 6, 2015

“Renaissance Faire” is a study in plucked chords, using the thumb and two fingers to sound three notes together. The goal is to get all three notes to sound evenly and clearly. Don’t overthink your hand position, just work slowly Continue reading

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Fundamentals of fingerstyle: hand position and movement

April 6, 2015

Playing with your fingers instead of a flatpick opens up an entirely new set of sounds, no matter what style you play. Whether you pluck, strike, strum, snap, or slap the strings, your sonic possibilities increase exponentially – Continue reading

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Flatpicking fiddle tunes: “The Red-Haired Boy”

March 20, 2015

Flatpicking Lesson: The Red-Haired Boy

“The Red-Haired Boy” is a popular fiddle tune, a traditional melody most likely of Irish origin. The term “fiddle tune” is a general description for instrumental folk tunes from the British Isles and elsewhere that Continue reading

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A CRASH COURSE IN CAPO TRANSPOSITION

June 1, 2014

You probably already know how to use a capo to change the pitch of a song to match a singer’s range. But did you know that you can use the capo to find new ways to “voice” a chord, or Continue reading

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