Sunday, 06 June, 2010 14:59 Written by Joshua
Fingerstyle guitar is one of the more difficult styles of guitar to master. The term does not necessarily refer to a genre of music but more a way of playing the guitar. Fingerstyle guitar usually involves very intricate finger work on the fret board of the guitar. However, the main thing that makes it fingerstyle is actually the way that the strings are plucked. Fingerstyle techniques involve finger picking or plucking the strings of the guitar with the fingers instead of with a pick (strumming or plucking with a pick is known as flat picking). It requires a lot of dexterity in the fingers and a lot of practice to master the techniques. Fingerstyle guitar is used in many genres of music. When playing fingerstyle guitar the right hand is usually hovered over the strings with the fingers barely touching their assigned strings. The thumb is used to play the sixth through fourth strings which is usually the bass sound of the chord. The index finger then rests just below the third string, the middle finger just below the second string and the ring finger just below the first string. Keeping the hand positioned in this way allows the guitarist to play each string individually when it needs to be played. An accomplished fingerstyle guitarist can play very intricate and complicated guitar riffs with this technique.
Sunday, 06 June, 2010 14:54 Written by Joshua
[adsense_id="1"]Due to the tuning and design of the guitar, some keys are easier to play than others. The chart below and be used with a capo in order to transpose your song from an unfriendly key to a key that is far more friendly for playing on the guitar. The blue top row shows the 12 keys of music and the blue column to the left shows the 7 notes of the scale and the chords that comprise the key. A capital Roman numeral means Major, and a lowercase Roman numeral means minor.
In order to use the chart to transpose your song, find out first what key the original song is in. This method is especially useful in a key that involves a lot of barre chords which are chords that require you hold down all of the strings with your index finger while playing the rest of the chord with the remaining fingers. As an example lets use F#, which is a bad key for the guitar since there are so many barre chords included in it. Simply look to the left of the F# key until you find an easier key that you want to play in. For this example lets use C. You cannot go to the right in the table as it is impossible to move the capo to a lower pitch than the original open chord.