Blues Fingerstyle Trax
The fingerstyle pieces can be played at least a couple of different ways:
1. Fingers Only - you use the thumb (t) to play the “bass” part. The index (i), middle (m), and ring (r) fingers are used to play the “treble” part. This part could involve chord structures or melody line, or both! The notation will normally follow this method.
2. Fingers & Pick - you use the pick to play the “bass” part. The middle, ring and little fingers are used to play the “treble” part. You will need to make these adjustments when interpreting the TAB.
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Featuring: Open String Blues.
This piece involves the use of open strings to create the chordal background. The bass pumps out a “swing/boogie” feel. Note in Figures 1 & 2 the slide (s) from fret 5 to 7. The slide coincides with a hit on the open string chordal notes. In Figure 5 all the notes in the 2nd last chord (Eb7) are slid to form the last chord (E7); at the same time, you play the last bass note with your thumb!
Right Hand: t = thumb, i = index, m = middle finger, r = ring finger
Left Hand: f1 = finger 1 etc.
Verse 1: Figure 1x4, Figure 2x2, Figure 1x2, Figure 3, Figure 4.
Verse 2: Figure 1x4, Figure 2x2, Figure 1x2, Figure 3, Figure 5.
Let’s have a listen to Open String Blues!