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Embellishing a Ballad Style Idea

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Acoustic | Comments Off on Embellishing a Ballad Style Idea

A simple progression played with some tender fingerpicking and some tasty embellishments is the focus of the day in this lesson for those that like their acoustic music soft and soothing.

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Folk Melody Etude

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Acoustic | Comments Off on Folk Melody Etude

In this lesson we construct a melodic theme and use a few variations to create an etude in the Folk style.

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Acoustic Techniques – Ballad Style

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Acoustic | Comments Off on Acoustic Techniques – Ballad Style

In today’s lesson, we’re focusing on some fairly straightforward embellishments using an open G chord. I’m using hybrid picking, which means to use both the pick and fingers at the same time, but this can also be adapted to use a purely fingerstyle approach, too.

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A Myriad of Voicings – The Beauty of Open G

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Acoustic | 0 comments

As far as chords go, open G is one of my favorites. It’s got quite a few variations to fit a myriad of moods that can be used in a variety of styles. In this lesson, we’re concentrating mainly on acoustic sounds, with one soft rock riff thrown in for good measure.

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Acoustic Techniques – Thumb Index Pattern With Embellishments

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Acoustic | Comments Off on Acoustic Techniques – Thumb Index Pattern With Embellishments

This lesson takes a look at a thumb and index finger right hand pattern along with some embellishment ideas to colour it.

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Acoustic Techniques – Working With Major Seventh Chords

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Acoustic | Comments Off on Acoustic Techniques – Working With Major Seventh Chords

This idea is a great introduction to using the thumb and 3 finger ‘scoop’ approach. Since we are remaining on the same set of strings throughout, we can focus on the right hand in order to play the idea cleanly, and in a relaxed fashion. Also note that both chords use the same shape, just in different positions.

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