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Fingerstyle Guitar

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Fingerstlye guitar is a style of playing where you do not use a pick. Instead you use
your fingers to play the notes and chords. The first thing to know about fingerstyle
is that the thumb is king! I recommend using a Fred Kelly Slick Pick on your thumb
to create pronounced bass lines. Your thumb also keeps the time and needs to be
able to keep a steady rhythm.

We are going to concentrate on your thumb, index and middle fingers. Classical
players use all five of their fingers. Rest your hand on the bridge and anchor your
hand with your pinky on the body of the guitar. Start by playing a C chord and
grab the chord with your right hand thumb on the fifth string, index on the third and
middle on the second. Try this a few times.

Twinkle Twinkle Revolution:
Ah, yes…”Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. Is there a song more reviled in the
pantheon of beginning guitar songs than this one? So, you ask, “Why, Greg, why
must you do this to me?”

My answer is… I want you to see how even a song like “Twinkle…” can be made
to sparkle & shine with the application of a bit of fingerstyle magic.

• Watch how the song begins in measures one through twelve with only the melody.
Play the melody using just your thumb, or experiment by using your index finger to
play the melody. Add the root note of the chord in Revolution #2 from measures
12 through 24. Take your time practicing this part, paying close attention to the
right hand notation. The low notes will sustain for the entire four beats of each
measure.

• In measures 25 through 36, aka Revolution #3, you are adding another chord
note to the mix, making for a more complex sound, building the melody. The sound
thickens, the song becomes more, dare I say it, dynamic.

• Finally, in Revolution #4, in measures 37 to the end, you add alternating bass
notes on the bottom of the chords. The melody remains the same, but it has been
gradually embellished and made more listenable with the addition of some basic
fingerstyle tricks and techniques. Go very, very slowly on these tunes at first, with
emphasis on steadiness, especially on your thumb. When you get into Travis
picking, the thumb is king.

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(the “G/B” means the chord is a G major chord with a B note in the root position). as you will need to keep those octave notes on the bottom of the chord while you make melodic changes on the top. Make sure to use your thumb. • Then. the G/B chord. I changed keys to make it more fingerstyle-friendly. • In measures 25 to 48. the bass shifts to a nice. That’s a nice. Notice the use of the thumb in the F chord. Notice the first inversion on the G chord in the second measure. These are great changes to play over. I add more melodic improvisations over the steady thumb pattern I set up earlier. between the C and the Am chords. using my fingers to pluck the chord notes. using your second and fourth fingers. I did a LOT of improvising over those changes. it was a no-brainer.WACKOBEL’S CANON IN C: Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” is a tune that I once played for 10 minutes to cover for a wedding that was running late. commonly used way to get from the I chord to the VI chord. . on the third beat of every measure to start adding some tension to the proceedings. Eight measures later. so make sure to get used to this fingering. we return to the original whole note pattern and gently end where we began. I add an extra note. (I changed his name slightly so he wouldn’t be upset). notice the fingering on the G/B chord. Also.) At measure 49. made my apologies to the ghost of Pachelbel. and the results are here to edify and enlighten you. You’ll be using this transitional chord a lot in fingerstyle guitar. at measure nine. so when I was looking for a set of chord changes to do some melodic building over. using a different note of the chord. steady quarter note feel. (As you become more familiar with this piece. add stuff of your own. • I start this piece out by setting up the I-V-VI-II-IV-I-IV-V chord progression.

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Keep the rhythm notes QUARTER notes. This sounds great either on straight acoustic or on an electric with lots of reverb and tremolo. • When you go to the A chord. delta vibe. You can add the second string to get a more “urban” blues sound. at measure 13. resolve into an E9 chord. Don’t overbend into that dying cow sound territory. it’s very simple. • On the first bends. where you use the open first string as a drone note the whole time. slinky is the key word here. you start a long run ‘way up at the tenth fret. you’ll be doing the same melody. . you have those two note chords against the quarter notes. as shown in the chord diagrams. 12/8 feel really comes in strong. make sure to play those full chords. make sure they’re bent to where they need to be. On the second measure. You resolve into a relaxed two-note chord in measure three. You can use this run with a standard pick and your finger. again.THUMB BEATIN’ BLUES: This song has long been a big favorite of my students. It makes the whole thing sound much smoother. Pick the third string with your index finger and the second string using you middle finger. people have a tendency to try to pick both the first and second halves of the eighth notes. make sure those bends STAY bent. make sure to do that slide using your left hand’s second finger. Practice those bends. At the end of measure seven. This is where the slow shuffle. but using the fifth string as your quarter-note drone. but it sounds so-o-o-o kicked-back! • At the beginning of the second chorus. • On measures 21 and 22. with lots of swampy. • Measures 11-12 are a killer turnaround. It works again off the idea of your thumb playing straight quarter notes (hence the title) and your fingers playing a slinky melody with lots of bent notes. and then let them un- bend. • At measure 16.

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syncopated melody against it. • On measures 17 through 21. and you’ll be doing that patting-your- head. really hard. preferably while stomping your foot really. The hammer lands right on the third beat. turn it up to volume ten. • The first two measures are primarily notes being squeezed against one another. Keep those quarter notes going. huh? You’ll be playing straight quarter notes with your thumb as you play a funky. and play this song. you start a hammer on the second half of the second beat. Binky! You can play rhythm AND lead for yourself. Heads up. see what works best for you. I use my first and third fingers to do them with. and “you don’t need no stinking band”. guaranteed. no odd off-beats. and try to resist the impulse to squeeze on the second half of any eighth notes. you’ll be fine. Keep that steady quarter note beat going all the way! There’s a slide/pull-off combo in measure 10 that needs a precise execution. but with some practice. The quarter notes underneath the melody change every two bars. Cool. you only play your thumb ON the beat. where you go to the IV chord. except you are hitting the A note on the fifth string. rubbing-your-tummy move again with the hammer + thumb landing together. Let the hammer land by itself as your thumb hits the sixth string. • Measures 9 through 12. The tune wraps up with a funky little run and ultimately goes out on one of those E7 (#9) “Hendrix-y” chords.Funky Butt: Having a bad day? Grab a Telecaster. there is a repeated melody part. similar to the first part. You’ll be rocking out. hard. and you don’t have to deal with the rhythm section’s neuroses. • In the third measure. DON’T pick the note with your finger! This is a little tough. It’s a very cool effect. Your day will be looking much better. Keep those pull-offs nice and crisp. plug it into an old Vibrolux. so heads-up on that. .

or in the middle of a song to drop things down dynamically on stage. and you won’t lose any dancers! Funky Butt From Icons of Rock Fingerstyle Guitar DVD Greg Douglass Funky Butt: Music by Greg Douglass G E9+ 6 32.Use this technique as a song intro.2134 - �������� � � ��� � sl ( )= Implied Chord p p p h h (E7) � �� � ��� � � �� � � � � � �� � � �� � � � � � �� � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � T T 2 T T M 2 1 1 1 M I 1 M T 3 T M I M T T M T T T I sl p p p h h ���� �� (A7) ��� � � �� � � � � � � �� � � � � � � �� � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � T T 1 T 3 M I T sl p p sl p p p (E7) � � �� � � �� � � � � �� ��� � � � � �� � �� � � � �� � �� � �� � � � �� �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � T 3 3 3 1 2 2 2 Copyright ©2004 Sendyt Music M M I All Rights Reserved . .International Copyright Secured Page 1/2 T T T h h � � �� � � G (A) � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �� � � � � � �� � �� � � � � � � � � �� � � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � .. It looks cool.4.

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After a couple of days. In this song. A shuffle rhythm is like a long note followed by a short note. like “ONE-2-3. That’s where two fingers each take a string. FOUR-2-3”. Pick each string. In this tune. It’s not just a straight quarter note feel. it may take days or even weeks to get it right. • In the first measure. and you. your middle finger is on the first string. THREE-2-3. quickly. it’ll start to sound and feel like one continuous sound. it’s more of that long-short. • There is also that aforementioned shuffle feel throughout this piece. the first example is where you see the 32nd notes (yikes!). like using smooth rolls. your ear is probably the best tool to getting the groove together on this tune.Baby Needs Shoes Blues: At the beginning of this piece. It has some tough moments conceptually. let’s get going. Above all. just playing with a shuffle feel. you’ll see a couple of notes in parenthesis. or the song “Black Velvet” by Allanah Myles. Again. it’ll sound kind of clumsy. So. however. and your thumb takes a string. as smoothly as possible. That means the song has a shuffle feel. roll across the strings. followed by an = sign. there is a finger picking roll. . Think “You Shook Me” by Led Zeppelin. and some tough technical moments. where you are still counting a four beat. At first. but with a triplet feel on each beat. TWO-2-3. Give it time!! This is a very difficult maneuver to execute. It shows two eighth notes. In this roll. listen closely to the performance on the DVD. The overall feel of the music is accents on the 2 and the 4 of the measure. staggered feel. with a triplet sign over it. your index on the second. the rolls occur wherever you see those 32nd notes. a 12/8 feel to it. This is probably the most difficult song in the course. and your thumb on the fourth. and it’ll definitely feel awkward. followed by a quarter note and an eighth note.

• The final turnaround uses an E7 shape. however. against an open A note. and play what I call the “Jimmy Reed lick”. in measure 6. It’s beautiful and it’s easy to do. It gets repeated using a different chord in the next measure. It’s a mini-encyclopedia of licks that you can do as a full performance. The combination of the separate notes ends actually being an A major chord. one fret at a time. • On the ninth measure. You’re mirroring a phrase from the previous measure that involves a bend. there is an “implied” harmony. but that weak little appendage CAN be trained to bend! • Careful on that B7 chord in the seventh measure! Play only the first.• On the fifth measure. second. you’ll be playing a Bb dim (diminished) chord. Then. This blues is the template for a lot of delta style blues. . or in bits & pieces in other tunes. you have to do the bend with your pinky. due to the fingering on this chord. It’ll again take a bit of work. We’re playing two notes at a time. a tricky maneuver. It’s triplets played with your fingers over quarter notes played with your thumb. and sixth strings. but it sounds great. barre across the second fret. moved up three frets and then moved back down. An accidental play of that third string is a sound not pleasing to the ear.

1 324 . The Baby Needs Shoes Blues From the Icons of Rock Fingerstyle Guitar DVD Greg Douglass The Baby Needs Shoes Blues Music by Greg Douglass E7 Edim E7* Bb dim B7 B7 5 5 .213. 2 .4 �������� � � �� � E7 Edim E7 �� �� � � �� �� �� �� � � �� �� � � � � � � � � � � � � �� � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � �� �� �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � T M M M I T M M T T T M M I T M I T M I T I I I I I T T T T T T T T h sl ( )=Implied Chord Harmony E E7* (A) Bb dim �� � � � � � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � M M I M T I T M T 2 M I M 3 M M I 4 I T I T M T T T E B7 E7 B7 E (B7) �� � �� ���� � � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � Copyright ©2004 Sendyt� Music � All Rights Reserved . 3.132 4 ...31 ...International Copyright Secured Page 1/2 I M T M M M I M I T T T 3 1 3 1 3 2 1 1 1 T I I I T 1 M M 1 I I 1 M T T T M M I T T T sl sl sl sl h (A) E7 ���� � � � � � � � � �� � � �� � � ��� � ��� � � � � � � � � � � � � � �� �� � �� � � � � �� ��� � � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � .23 14...1 .

E B7 E7 B7 E (B7) �� � �� ���� � � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � I M T M M M I M I T T T 3 1 3 1 3 2 1 1 1 T I I I T 1 M M 1 I I 1 M T T T M M I T T T sl sl sl sl h (A) E7 ���� � � � � � � � � �� � � �� � � ��� � ��� � � � � � � � � � � � � � �� �� � �� � � � � �� ��� � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � 2 2 2 1 3 1 I T T 1 M T 1 1 I M T T T T M M M T I T T 2 2 2 T I I T Page 2/2 .Baby Needs Shoes cont’d.

and made it even more famous than Travis did (although he always graciously gave Travis credit in interviews.Travis Picking: Travis picking is named after Merle Travis.) Here are some hints to making your Travis picking more effective. who was the most noted progenitor of this thumb plus-two-finger technique. • Listen & Do It Right the First Time Make sure to really listen to the DVD. exaggerated the muted bass. who took Travis’ syncopated pattern. • Keep your Right Hand “Focused “& Ready Have your right hand slightly cupped and keep your strokes small and focused. Nothing is more horrific than having to de-program a wrong pattern that someone has religiously learned every night for a week. gnarly embarrassing plastic pyramids that you had to wind with a key). very slowly. and follow the written material right to the letter. • Rock-Steady Thumb The key to keeping the Travis picking pattern effective is a rock-steady thumb. the longer it takes for the finger to come back . The farther away from the string your finger goes. You are programming relatively complex patterns into your hands. I used to warm up for practicing Travis picking by dragging out the metronome (and this was one of these big. Travis was a huge influence on Chet Atkins. and get it right the first time. Take it very.

added melodies. Stick with it.• Make Sure to Get a Full Four-beat Count The thumb hits on the “one-two-three-four” beats. it’s a relatively simple. the pattern will seem strange and disjointed at first. and you’re on your way to being the one person orchestra that fingerstyle playing can allow you to be. Basic Travis Picking Pattern Basic Travis Picking From Icons of Rock Pattern Fingerstyle DVD Greg Douglass C . • Keep It Simple (at Least at First…) Practice at first just using the picking motif written here. one-and- two-and-three-and four”. resulting in a lop-sided. The index finger and the thumb both hit on the “one” (the “squeeze” note). alternating bass patterns.3 2. etc. Make sure that last note gets a full quarter note count.1- �������� � � ��� C � � ������� ������� ������� ������� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � M I T M T I T M I T M T I T M I T M T I T M I T M T I T T T T T . and the rest hit on the off-beats. three-and-a-half beat measure. but gradually. Then you’ll be ready for different-sized chords. so the pattern is actually counted as “one-and-two-and-three-and four. hammers. Get the basics down right the first time. some students come back the following week anticipating that first beat of the next measure. it’ll start to swing as everything falls into place. etc etc. straight-ahead four-string pattern.

That’s why I use the F add9 and the Am7 chords. Check out the descending bass note pattern in measures 1 through 5. and I use capos all the time because I like the way they make certain pieces sound on the guitar. check out the added D note on the top of the G chord at measure 8. it adds a nice common tone to the middle of the chords. which changes the key to E. Notice also the use of the open G string as a drone note. Little touches like this make for a more interesting piece of music. which is reminiscent of some Paul Simon tunes. I capo at the 4th fret. I’m Gonna Leave You”. and makes the piece more interesting melodically. Try playing this piece with a capo. using some of the most commonly used folk/fingerpicking chords. Led Zeppelin’s “Babe.Travis Tune: This tune is primarily an exercise in repeating the basic Travis picking pattern. Also. I don’t sing a lick. and the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Guitar Capo . Capos are often used by singers who have to transpose keys to work with their voice. It sounds great to have an un-capoed second guitar fingerpicking with you. On this tune.

1. 32 .2.3 .. . .2.32. Travis Tune From Icons of Rock Fingerstyle Guitar DVD Travis Tune Greg Douglass Music by Greg Douglass C G/B Am7 C/G Fsus2 G G* .4....4- �������� � � ��� C G/B Am7 C/G � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � M I T M T I T T Fsus2 C G G* C � � �� � � � �� ����� �� ��� ���� � ������ ������� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � G/B Am7 Fsus2 C G ������� ����� �� � � �� � � � �� � ������ ������� � � � � � � � � �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � C C �� ������� �� � � � � � � � � � � � � � � Copyright ©2004 Sendyt Music All Rights Reserved . T..2 . 3..1.International Copyright Secured Page 1/2 . 32.1 .1.

so review this pattern. It’s a nice.Railroad Bill: “Railroad Bill. watch the right hand fingering! Your middle and index fingers shift down for the first half of the measure. • It starts out with the basic Travis picking pattern. your pinky gets lifted. . and the open E rings out. He never worked and he never will. With your thumb planted at the first fret on the sixth string. etc. fat. you go to one of those F chords that’s played with your thumb in the root position. making for a nice melodic release. “Lay Down Sally”. • Measures nine and ten return to a regular Travis picking pattern. for instance) while maintaining a big. Measure 11 brings in an alternating bass pattern. “Blowin’ in the Wind”. It’s a nice. The version I’m doing here is most similar to the Rambling Jack Elliott treatment. • In measure number seven. with your thumb having to cover a big span between the sixth and third strings. it’s up to you. ride ride…” “Railroad Bill” is one of those ubiquitous folk/blues tunes that everyone from Etta Baker to Van Morrison has covered. Creedence- ish move. it makes it so you are able to make melodic changes on the top strings (the F to F6 chords. steady bottom. The “Railroad Bill” feel can be used on any number of songs as an accompaniment. “Don’t Think Twice”. In the last measure. It’s got a great feel that will sound great under any number of classic songs. You end with a C chord. and then shift back up. You will be using a lot of alternating bass in various fingerpicking patterns. etc. in measure six. • Watch out in measures five and six! Five is played over an E7 chord. Railroad Bill. played with a C chord with a G note on the top of the chord. rolling arrangement that’s simple but has some neat little twists and turns in there to keep things interesting. but it can be a little disconcerting at first. Ride. Then. strummed or grabbed with your fingers.

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We discussed the fingering on the G/B chord earlier. form the chord using the third finger in the root position (third fret. there is a D/F#. and now you can see why I was adamant about using that second and fourth finger. when you go to the coda on this tune. For instance. • And speaking of reusable runs. you’ll be doing a run that is almost identical to measure six of “Railroad Bill”. You’ll be using this move a lot. Take your time on learning this one. the third of the chord triad serves as the root of the chord. and turns thrown in to make things more interesting. the pulled-off note resolves at the same time that your thumb hits the fourth string in the picking pattern.“Skammen” means “shame” in Danish. . It’s a D major chord. Every time you learn a new run in fingerstyle guitar. you’ve got a classical guitar run moving you into the second part of the tune. sixth string). but with a few nifty fills. odds are excellent that you’ll be recycling it later. You’ll be fine after a couple of tries. Mason Williams. in the second measure. economy of movement on both hands counts heavily. • When you go to the second ending. which is probably where the word got stuck in my memory banks. That leaves your first finger available to do some pull-offs. (This is actually a fill I borrowed from the tune “Classical Gas”. • In the G chord in the third measure. walk ups. Thank you. • Right away. bluesy turnaround. use your thumb to grab that low note so your fingers can facilitate melodic changes on the top (small) strings. Once again. • Pop-Up. twists. first inversion. and is also the title of a 1968 Ingmar Bergman film.Skammen: “Skammen” is another Travis picking piece. and it sounds really cool when you pull it off. It’s something you’ll be using a lot playing this style of music.) Watch your fingering on this one. That pull-off is a little tricky. Measure eight provides you with a sweet-sounding.

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Acoustic Fingerstyle Chord Diagrams: Twinkle Twinkle Revolution: C Major D7 add F# G add B G Major Wackoble’s Cannon in C: A minor C Major E minor E minor 7 F G add B G Major .

Thumb Beatin’ Blues: A 13 B9 E9 Funky Butt: E9 Aug G Major Baby Needs Shoes Blues: Bb dim B7* B7 E dim E7* E7 * Alternate fingerings .

Travis Tune: A minor 7 C add G C Major F sus* G add B G G* Railroad Bill: C* C Major E7 F* F6 G Major .

Skammen: A minor C Major D add F# D minor G addB G Major .

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