I am taking some advice from Justin to try out transcription. I was listening to a great song by The White Buffalo named Black and Blue. I started by hearing the C and F transition and worked out the other chords (I think) which are actually just Am and a three finger G, so an easy song. The fingerwork is also quite simple. I started by only using my thumb on strings 4, 5, and 6 and index, middle and ring on the 3, 2, and 1 string, respectively. However, that felt off. I had to admit defeat on this part because I have not yet learned fingerstyle completely (I am good at making House of the Rising Sun, What a wonderful World, Hallelujah, and Can’t Help Falling in Love ring out clearly with little mistakes but more complicated picking like Dust in the Wind or Thinking About You is still a little difficult for me. I am also trying some alternating base note stuff like cowboy music does.) There are no clear instructions which I could find online, so I looked at a video of him playing this song. Much to my surprise, he uses his thumb the whole time. I tried it and it FELT right but if I went by that, I probably would have quit way back at the Dm chord.
So, to put it more clearly. The basic chorus is plucking out the C chord stings, 5-4-3 and the F chord 4-3-2. Then it completes with another C chord with a few more plucks on the 5-4-3-2-3-4. He uses his right thumb to pick the other chords too. My question is if it would be proper to use my thumb on all of this? I have stopped practicing this until I hear from someone because I am trying hard not to learn wrong. “Practice makes permanent, so practice perfectly”
Also, I have found that I have a little pain in my right wrist (the pinky side) when I do some fingerstyle. In particular, Dust in the Wind is where I first noticed it. I set my little finger doen to anchor and I believe this is the issue for me. I am at a point where I am considering some in-person guitar lessons to flesh out my online learning but wondered if I could maybe post a video in the future or some critical review of my technique. If so, would I put it in the videos of us playing section? Maybe with an explaination as to why it is so unpolished? I actually need to get back to posting videos since I am missing seeing my progress and any corrections that could be made, early.
Thank you all for your constant support and encouragement.
Have a great weekend!