Here is a recording of me playing the beautiful Sligo river blues. I think I took like a gazillion takes, but keeping the thump steady and getting the e-string always ringing our clear while using the thumb to play the F is absolutely impossible to do
I can play the song since months, but playing it clear is a different story. i think I still have to play it a couple of hundred times, then it’ll flow
If somebody has a tip about the thumb-over stuff I would appreciate it, I think my hand is just way to small…
Well done Kevin. I’ve found myself listening recently to a lot of fingerstyle blues. It something that I’m looking forward to exploring in the coming months. I thought you did a really good job with that one. It was a really nice blues piece to listen to. As for your question regarding tips on thumb over playing the bass note. If you haven’t already seen this video from Justin giving tips then it’s worth checking out Use your thumb to play the bass notes of chords | JustinGuitar.com
Nice and relaxed,…
And your hands are certainly not too small for the thumb over thing, … sometimes it takes people 2 years +, and sometimes people succeed within a month, … but practice offers a solution about your time that it costs
Nicely played. I know what you mean about learning a song and then it taking time to really learn it, feels like that period lasts years for me! I’m learning the thumb over too, I find it helps to rotate the hand so that neck really feels like you are gripping it really securely.
Hi Kev you did really good, never heard of this song and it didn’t strike me as a blues piece at all, more like a mellow Damien Rice type of song you did great job, nicely played steady rhythm and your thumb placement was very good. Overall you should be happy about your progress and feel free to try something new, I am in the process of learning a song last few months so I know the pain all the best
Sounds great. Keep it up. Not sure what your concern is about your thumb over technique, it looked like you were able to bring it around to fret the big E string just fine. Perhaps just more time at it to feel more comfortable? I remember how weird it felt at first for me and how normal it is now.
@GreenRider : That sounded really nice and I enjoyed your recording a lot, thanks for sharing! It’s definitely a song I’ll try out myself.
Regarding your thumb problem I know exactly what you mean. I have also rather small hands and when I first tried to use the thumb to press down the string, I had massive problems. I actually squeezed some nerve I belief and my thumb felt numb for a few days…
What helped me a lot was using a capo and playing the same thing a bit up the neck (e.g. capo on 5th fred). The neck was small enough there to actually get it working and over time the muscles/technique improved to eventually remove the capo. Maybe it works for you as well…
That was delightful, Kevin. Seems to me you are doing the impossible as I heard the F bass note. It all seemed pretty fluent, just one or two small wobbles. As @adi_mrok says, sometimes it is good to work on something else for a while and come back again to this, especially if you feel like you are on a plateau. That all said, it already sounds pretty darn good to me. Bravo!
That’s true… it’s pretty weird to me, that the wobbles are always on a different place, I cannot really make any sense of it
I’ll leave it there for some some time now… right now I’ll spend some months in another country and couldn’t take my guitars
My mother in law said that she has a nylon string lying around, and generally the neck of nylons is way too big for doing thumb over stuff, so I’ll see what happens if I’ll just leave the piece for some time…