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http://www.andrewwasson.com/ Andrew Wasson of Creative Guitar Studio answers questions from off of his Guitar Blog website... Q). Can you suggest a good way for beginner's to practice how to finger-pluck slow folk ballads? I know my C and G Major chords really well if that helps any. Tanner -- Quebec CANADA A). Folk guitar offers the beginner player a great opportunity to practice the technique of finger style accompaniment. One of the nice things about learning folk songs is that they will generally contain only a few chords and this allows the beginner player to practice the chord shapes & the strum or finger picking approach. The easiest method for practicing the finger picking approach is to apply a repeating arpeggio across the upper tones of the chord and maintain the pattern as you move through the rest of the chord changes found in the piece. The picking pattern I show uses the index & middle fingers on the second and 1st strings respectively. The thumb takes care of the bass strings associated to the lowest root + bass-tones of the chord. Take a look at the on-screen example and notice as well, that the example has a triplet rhythm sequence. Practice the example with different chords and attempt other bass note combinations as well. Work on it until there's a feel that's relaxed and free-flowing. As your technique develops try other aspects of pushing the sound by way of speed and dynamics. An excellent idea for dynamics, is placing a heavier emphasis upon the first bass note of each measure. Thanks for writing in. The Creative Guitar Studio Web-site: http://www.creativeguitarstudio.com/ Andrew's Official Q & A Guitar Blog Website: http://www.andrewwasson.com Andrew's "Creative Guitar Studio" YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/creativeguitarstudio/ Follow Andrew on Blogspot: http://creativeguitarstudio.blogspot.com/ Follow on Twitter for new lesson announcements: http://twitter.com/andrewwasson MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/andrewwasson Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Wasson/76585035288 _____________________________________

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