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Old 07-03-2014, 08:32 PM   #1
matthewzguitarz
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Need help with finger style.

I have been working on my finger style stuff a lot more recently, but ran into a big problem recently. I have an idea on what I am supposed to do, but I just don't know how to actually do it.

Anyways, I keep running into parts of a tab like this:

2
x
x
x
x
x

Or others like that. From the little I understand, it wants me to pick the string and hit the rest at the same time. I have been watching Sungha Jung's videos all day but I can't figure it out.

Any ideas on this? I can do percussion just fine when I don't have to pick at the same time though
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:13 PM   #2
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The x's mean do not play those strings. So your example means just play the high E string.
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:20 PM   #3
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I'm not sure it's quite as simple as "do not play"; that applies to chord diagrams, sure, but what notation is being used here, tab?

It could mean a percussive strike on muted strings, harmonics, something else. The problem is that people use different symbols for different things, even in standard notation sometimes.

I guess you need to listen to the original piece and, if possible, watch the musician.
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:24 PM   #4
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Just strum with your hand while playing the F# and muting all the others...
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Old 07-18-2014, 01:34 PM   #5
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Sungha's official tabs mark percussive hits with muted symbols, so it could be a simaltaneous hit and pick, He does that in Blue alot.
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