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Acoustic Folk Guitar|
|What you learn:
Picking & Chords|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: This interactive lesson covers various
basics of acoustic folk guitar, which includes many chord variations and picking
patterns. The audio clip will give you an idea of the chords and picking
patterns you'll learn in this lesson:
You might recognize the picking pattern. The main chord is going to be based on D
and D add9, here's our first pattern:
Michael: The video
will show both the picking and chords, it's all in the picking. Notice you play
three strings; 4th, 3rd, 2nd and back to 3rd, then to the 1st string, 2nd, 3rd
and back to 2nd.
The chord I gave will be included in
the coming variations. Next we'll add a C and G major, simple but
effective, it'll get more advanced as we go along,
Jam Track 2
Michael: Play the D
pattern and add these two chords w/the picking pattern, it has the D, D add9 and
C and G.
Here's the chords fingerings for any
beginners. We'll beef up the chords in a bit, practice the
Where do you rest the picking hand?
Michael: I rest the butt of my picking hand on
the bridge...... others will rest the thumb to balance the fingerpicking, I'll
Here's our next
Jam Track 3
chaz: Are we fingerpicking or
playing one finger?
Chaz you are fingerpicking. Use the thumb, 1st,
2nd, & 3rd fingers. Notice the nice descending pattern, the descending
chromatic line is on the third string.
Michael: Here's the D Major Pentatonic scale
Try playing the scale over the last jam track. OK, next pattern...
Jam Track 4
Michael: This next
file uses a nice descending bass line the revolves around the D chord. Try
playing to this jam track, here are the pictures of the chords
This should help some of you on the fingering, here's the last pattern.
Michael: Here are
the pictures for the chords:
Nobody: You could change that pattern around to
Sure can Nobody, that's the whole idea
of this lesson, the many variations you can create, so class this concludes our
lesson. I hope to see you next
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