Less of a rendition, more a practice piece I do.
Bouncing finger style lets me concentrate on the fretting hand.
Individual notes let me know where I need to tighten up the chord shape…
Somehow included both takes in the video, don’t suffer through it all, just a demo.
orange top must be my favourite at the moment
I’ve been working on barre chords for several months and I think it looks like you’re making good progress with them. In fact, I wish I could use them that well!
I’ve found that while I can now consistently make barre chords accurately (major barre chords) changing to them on the beat is being a real challenge.
Thanks for posting this! It’s helpful to see other people working on the same skill and makes me think that if I stick with it eventually the changes will come more naturally.
Nice exercise, thanks for posting
Lovely picking pattern and musical progression (a little Hotel California-esque), Dave. Thanks for sharing.
Yeah, just keep at them Garry. Sometimes it’s just a case of beefing up the finger (forearm) muscles, so even if it doesn’t seem like there’s progress, improvements will come with time.
For the changes I sometimes play the next chord without all al the fingers down for the first strum. Sometimes the barred finger matches (enough) with the chord progression (Some might say - Oasis) - sometimes it’s awful (Drive -REM).
Disclaimer: Justin recommends setting the non-barre fingers down first!
Nicely played Dave. Yes fingerpicking and barre chords will really highlight muted/buzzy notes that can go unnoticed when strumming. Well done for that.
I’m not a fingerstyle expert but I notice you’re not using your index finger in your picking pattern. Is there a reason for this? It may restrict your options further down the line.
Hi Dave, for a practice piece that sounded fantastic.
Cheers Gordon, no it’s just for this pattern, it just started out as random plucking which developed into a ‘feel’ for a pattern by ear. I’m sure if I knew more theory there is a pattern in there somewhere; root to 5th, root to 3rd, I don’t know… … but as it developed, the index finger seemed a bit clumsy for the light touch needed. When I learn any other finger pattern, Jolene or whatever, the pinky is firmly planted and index finger does it’s job.
Lovely bit of fingerstyle there Dave and you seem to be landing those barre chords just fine.
I have to agree, a little Hotel CA in there… For the most part, nice play, fingering and sound. Keep up the good work!
Rock it down,
I thought that was great. I understand what you mean about building the muscles to pick for that long as well as the bar cords. Good job.