|Michael Johnson >> Folk Guitar Legends >>
|Lesson Subject: Folk Guitar Legends
|What you learn:
Joan Baez Style|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: Hello class! This interactive lesson
continues the series on Folk Guitar Legends II, this lesson featuring the style of
Joan Baez. Joan Baez has been a very significant folk player since the '60s and
has some very creative picking patterns. It is a common technique for folk
players during that era to use chord and finger picking combinations to fill up the sound. Most players did
not have a back up band and needed to use these techniques for live
performances. The lesson samples should give you an idea of the finger picking
and chord patterns you'll learn in this lesson.
Michael: Let's get
started, in this first section we'll start with a Spanish sounding chord and
finger picking sequence.
Part 1 -
This section is in the key of Em, which gives it the dark sounding Spanish
flavor. Notice in the fingering how you hold the 1st finger on the 2nd fret of
the 5th (A) & 4th (D) strings, while the other finger plays the notes based
off the chord pattern. This is a common technique in Flamenco/classical
guitar. Here's the jam track for this section:
Jam Track 1
Michael, how do you stretch from second to fifth frets. Do you really leave
your first finger on second?
Michael: Kumagor, that is quite a stretch, here's
the E Minor scale pattern. Try practicing this scale a few times and it will
help on your fingering.
I highlighted the notes used in the ascending and descending melody
Now we continue with the next section which continues the Spanish sounding
Part 2 -
This section has a nice strumming picking pattern that accents the Em melody at
the beginning of the phrase. The picking video will help you visualize the
strumming pattern. Notice that we used the same highlighted notes in the E minor
scale I gave earlier. Then you jump to the Am, C and D chords in the last few
bars. Here's the jam track for this section.
Looping Jam Track
Michael: These are nice sounding phrases, which
are actually easy to play if you know the basic chord and scale
pattern. OK, let's jump to the next section. In this segment we'll use
standard chords with a bass line that alternates over each
Part 3 - Picking
seven: I know
this is a little off subject but....would E Phrygian be the good mode to play
over the top on these last jam tracks?
Michael: Sure Seven! That is a great idea and
will give you a very Spanish sounding solo. In fact you can use the E Harmonic
Minor as well. Here's the E Phrygian for those who want
to play over jam track 2.
- What are you doing with your right hand? Flat pick.... finger pick? Hybrid? If
it's all fingers, what the PIMA pattern?
Michael: Kumagoro, I'm using a hybrid finger
picking pattern. I use the thumb and first 3 fingers, the picking video should
help illustrate the picking technique I'm using. Notice how I use the thumb
on the bass note, 1st finger and then play the middle 2 strings at the same
time. This section has a lot of cool picking patterns you can practice. Outside
of the alternating bass line, you have a few combinations of picking 1 or 2
strings at the same time for the other notes. Here's the jam track for the
This section also reminds me of Simon and Garfunkel as well. Let's jump to the
next section, this time we'll take the same technique and shift to the key of
Part 4 - Picking
Michael: Notice how you shift the barre shape
chords to play the alternating bass line in this section. It's actually a little
easier to play, because you can barre your first finger on the 5th (a) and 6th
(E) strings and use alternating notes on the lower strings by using the picking
thumb on the two strings. Here's the jam track for this
Jam Track 4
seven: Why when
the Ab bass comes in it doesn't
alternate? is this something that always works this
Michael: Seven, the Ab is the 6th note of the B
major scale pattern.
seven: Right, I understand that part. I was wondering
why that was the only section not to alternate the bass
Michael: The chord makes a great transitional
chord shift in the progression.
seven: The tension part?
Michael: Correct, transitional chords always set up
the progression until you come to a chord that will resolve nicely in a
progression. Great questions! OK, our next section will use notes from
a C9 chord and will ascend and descend using notes from the scale
Part 5 - Picking
Michael: Here's the jam track for this
Jam Track 5
Here's our last segment.
Part 6 -
seven: This has
been a really good song for pinkie
Michael: Oh yes, that's a great finger to work on
to improve you speed as well! Here's the jam track for the last
Jam Track 6
Well time to go, I look forward to seeing you next week.
seven: I've noticed :-)
bluesguitarmp3: Thanx teach
Michael: See you next lesson!
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