Introductory Fingerpicking Guitar Video
Welcome! This short introductory email and video will introduce you to some basic principles and techniques and give you a helping hand as you master the guitar.
Most of the guitarists visiting my site are keen to learn my arrangements of classic songs such as Over the Rainbow, Moon River and Cry Me a River. The arrangements for these songs are broken down in detail on the website however going back to some of the fundamentals of guitar playing will help you get more out of the arrangements, speed up the learning process and hopefully give you the confidence and the ideas to go on and create arrangements for yourself!
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Notes to Introductory Fingerpicking Guitar Video
Sitting Position / Right Hand Fingering / Left hand technique
Exercises for the Right and Left Hands
Approaching learning a song
Often what happens for many players is that they try to run before they can walk. Some of the arrangements on the website – especially the chord melody arrangements – are really quite difficult to play well. However, with perseverance and little bit of help along the way, they are not beyond you. If you’re struggling then I would suggest doing a little bit of work on your technique. In the videos above I talked through some principles of good technique in relation to both the right hand and the left hand. Often it is the dexterity of our hands that will hold us back. So, if you think that’s you, then you should concentrate on your right and left hand technique. I can guarantee if you put in a little bit of work into your technique then you’ll feel the benefits when you go back to learning the arrangements.
Right Hand and left hand Exercises
So, back to where we started. How did you find yourself to be on my website?…… probably because you want to play some of the classic songs such as Over the Rainbow, Moon River and Cry Me a River. As I’ve described, working on elements of your technique will help you to this end. My other advice to you when learning song arrangements would be to learn the chords and melodies first before you dive into chord melody arrangements.
As an example of the benefits of learning the chords of a tune first check out these clips form the classic song “What a Wonderful World”
What a Wonderful World Chords Measures 1-4
What a Wonderful World Chord / Melody Arrangement Measures 1-4
Given that you’ve learned the chord progression for measures 1-4 you’ll see that the shapes used by the left hand in this chord melody arrangement are very similar. As I said at the start of the this email, these chord melody arrangements are not easy so we have to try and give ourselves the best possible chance of achieving our goal. Learning the chord progressions, learning the melody, working on our basic technique…..all these things are guaranteed to help you not only play these arrangements but also to play them musically.