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|Lesson Subject: Folk Guitar Legends|
|What you learn: Simon & Garfunkel Style|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: Hello class, this interactive lesson features the guitar
style of Simon & Garfunkel. These two composers have an incredible talent for
layering acoustic picking patterns, chord inversions and using counter melodies. In this
lesson we will cover some of their techniques. Check out the lesson sample of
what you will learn:
Michael: Let's jump to out first picking
Part 1 - Picking
Check out the finger picking pattern in the video. You might notice that we use
all "sus2" chords, we're actually using the the higher 3 notes of the chord (1st
- E, 2nd - B & 3rd - G strings) to play this pattern. Here's a jam
track for the last section.
Looping Jam Track 1
Now you can add other chords to layer this rhythm and build intensity. Here's
the next chords.
Part 2 -
We are using the same base chord structure, but alternating the voicing on each
chord and the picking pattern. Here's the jam track with both
Michael: Notice how
the open strings create a dissonant sound when both parts are played
simultaneously, especially when you go to the C. OK, let's try another
Part 3 -
Michael: Now this
section has some very nice voicings, picking patterns and melodies to tie this
section together. We basically start the E chord with open relative notes ringing
and then move to the G, D and back to E. The G and D have a very nice sound,
featuring the 1, 3, 5 notes, instead of most barre chords where 1, 5, 1 are at
the top of the chord. Here's the jam
Now you might have to practice the chord changes on the G and D because the 4th
finger is on the root for each chord, this fingering is a little uncommon. Try
fretting the chords without picking a few times and then add the
picking. Let's jump to our next
Part 4 -
section features a series of descending intervals and then resolving on the
Gsus4 and G chords. The picking pattern 1st (E) & 4th ((D) strings and then
playing the 2nd open string (B) sounds cool as you descend using the intervals.
Here's the jam track:
Looping Jam Track 4
The picking pattern also gives the phrase more of a lively feel. Here's our next
section. In this section we add a harmony on top of the last
Both parts layer nicely, you're basically using the same type of intervals, only
higher up. Here's the jam track:
Looping Jam Track 5
Our next section uses kind of a modified "cowboy" rhythm pattern. In a lot of
country music the guitar will have a "bouncing" bass notes playing over the
Part 6 -
Notice how you barre the chord while the 1st finger shifts to play two different
bass notes. This bass & picking pattern is repeated throughout this section.
Here's the jam track.
Looping Jam Track 6
You might also notice how the bass note patterns sometimes shift, depending on
the chord played. Let's try the last part. In this section you play notes that
create a melody over a D chord.
This part sounds kind of like a Folk Irish jig. Very lively, notice how you hold
the main D chord down with the 2nd and 3rd fingers while the 1st and 4th fingers
adjust to play the melody on top of the chord.
Michael: Here's the jam
The picking is interesting, you pick the melody notes and jump to strum the
higher chord notes to fill up the sound. Well time to go, hope to see you
at the next lesson!
bluesguitarmp3: good job teach, your the
Michael: thanks! bye
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