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|Lesson Subject: Folk Guitar Legends|
|What you learn: James Taylor Style|
|Teacher: Michael Johnson|
Michael: Hello class, this is our first lesson in
the series on Acoustic Folk Guitar Legends. This lesson features in the
style of James Taylor who happens to be one of my favorite folk artists! In this series
we'll cover chords, rhythms, fingerpicking and more. James Taylor is a master at
fingerpicking. The lesson sample will give you an idea of the techniques you
start with the first section of the lesson sample, in this section we
will finger pick various chords:
You can see the main chord structure, A, G, D, A, G, D. Here's the jam track for
Looping Jam Track 1
Most of the picking technique is illustrated in the picking video.
You use the thumb and the 1st and 2nd fingers mostly for this part. It'll
take some of you a little time to get use to alternating between these fingers, let's try an
exercise that concentrates on sliding between the chords based on the 1st - 3rd strings. In this
exercise we start with the A, G, D and A.
Notice how the 2nd finger (3rd string - G) is used to lead the sliding between
Now in part 1 you also play a series of notes that are related to A. Try playing
James Taylor will use a grouping of chords like this to make a single chord sound
more interesting. Let's go to the next
In this section you are basically a strumming pattern using the A sus2 and then adding your
thumb to add the F# of the bass. Strumming up and down naturally allows you to
alter various notes
of the chord. Here's the jam
Now I'm using my fingernails as a pick, this frees up the fingers so I can
switch between fingerpicking and strumming. Try using your fingernails as well
to practice this pattern. Let's jump to the next part, in this section you will
use the D chord and a ascending/descending bass line, check it
OK, in this section you hold the D chord and can play notes using the A
Mixolydian scale which is relative to the D Major.
Sounds like Led Zeppelin.
Michael: Great ear msg! Page uses a lot
of cool folk guitar techniques! Here's the
Michael: You can try
experimenting by holding down the D with the 2nd and 3rd fingers on the on the 1st
and 2nd string, while you try playing the scale using the 1st and 4th fingers.
Here's the jam track:
Looping Jam Track 3
Notice the notes ascend the scale the 1st and 2nd time through, and then it descends the last time. Each time you
resolve on the Asus2 each
phrase. Let's jump to the next part. In this section we will start in A and play
off chords that are related:
Now there are a series of "polytonal" chords that relate harmonically to the A.
Try playing these positions.
These chords sound great together and used by many folk guitarists to make
standard chords sound more interesting. Here's the jam track for this
Here's the next part, this is basically like Part 3, but
This section has a descending bass line the first few times and then ascends the
last time through. Notice the hammer-on on the A towards the end of each phrase.
This is a signature technique James Taylor uses often.
Here's the jam track for this
Well that's it for the lesson. I hope to see you all next
Michael: Thanks, see you next
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