Free Fallin' by Tom Petty Lesson

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As a beginner in Grade 2, how proficient should we be at all 3 different types of strumming patterns before moving on to next module? I feel like it is much more difficult than Brown Eyed Girl.

Another random question as well. My end goal is learning fingerstyle. How much time should I spend learning the strumming patterns with a pick?

@smg0385 I myself am starting grade 2 after a year. That’s probably slower than most people but my personal mindset is different than others. Having said that, I feel very comfortable with different strumming patterns.

I think the trick is to do what you need to do to stay engaged in improving, but if it becomes too much of a chore, then move on. You’ll know what you’ll want to improve.

If you like how you’re playing with the current strumming pattern, then move on. If you want to learn a new one, then you can work at it. It’s all up to us.

I wish us both luck in grad 2.

It’s a little frustrating that the chords given here differ from the lesson as Justin teaches it. Yes, you can transpose the chords to match his key, but the TAB is still missing the root chord in the second bar of the two bar sequence.

Makes me lose some faith in the authoritativeness of these TABs. Harumph.

I’m commenting on the TAB posted in the subscription TAB feature of

Must admit the TAB has me scratching my head. I suspect it’s the technically correct version from the original publisher. Technically correct sheet music is not always the easiest to play or even what Tom Petty would’ve played himself. I had this problem with a Bob Dylan songbook I had years ago.

The chords page and Justin’s strumming pattern sounds close enough for me so I will go with that.

I’m a little late catching on to the questions for this song lesson - apologies.
The strumming patterns (multiple) are not a prerequisite for moving to another module.
Justin here, like in many of the ‘beginner’ songs, presents varying levels of difficulty with which a song can be played and learned. these songs can stay with you and be songs you return to as you develop your skills, enabling you to enhance how you play them.
Hope that helps.

Cheers :smiley:

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The TABs are produced by the music copyright holders in many cases. A long term project that Justin writes about in the TAB Intro / FAQ is to align all TABs with his actual teaching, where they differ.
I have just skimmed the TAB for this and it is complex - four separate guitar parts tabbed out. That is great if you want to play in a band or record multiple layers or pick a part and play along with the original.
The way Justin teaches it is designed for a single guitar to incorporate the key, recognisable elements. Towards the end of the lesson Justin does present two other options / two other parts that you can play also.

Hope that helps or at least gives a satisfactory explanation for your query.
Cheers :smiley:
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@chris_m Go with Justin’s lesson if you are looking for a one-guitar stand alone version.
See my response to Mick.

Cheers :smiley:

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