danifloss
Registered User
Join date: Apr 2010
20 IQ
#1
I've found the chords to a song I'd like to learn but personally I like to play songs fingerstyle.

Is it just a matter of holding the chord shapes down and plucking a finger pattern? Or is it more complex because I'm trying to convert the given chords into fingerstyle but it sounds unrecognisable.

What am I doing wrong?
Bikewer
Registered User
Join date: Jan 2010
10 IQ
#2
The entry point for most people to fingerstyle playing is indeed pattern picking or what we used to call "Travis picking". Just playing patterns over chords.
You then learn to add the typical embellishments; hammer-ons and pull-offs, little bass runs, that sort of thing.
Then you can go from one pattern to another, and finally learn to throw in single-note runs and even chordal runs and such. You can get a lot of mileage out of this....Numbers of very fine players still just do slightly-more-advanced versions of these techniques.
CryogenicHusk
wannabe guitarist
Join date: Apr 2012
90 IQ
#3
Quote by danifloss
I've found the chords to a song I'd like to learn but personally I like to play songs fingerstyle.

Is it just a matter of holding the chord shapes down and plucking a finger pattern? Or is it more complex because I'm trying to convert the given chords into fingerstyle but it sounds unrecognisable.

What am I doing wrong?


what is your goal? Are you trying to play melody and harmony/bass simultaneously like this ? If so, you kinda got a long road ahead of you, cause most guys who play like that are pretty good at arranging, not just raw fingerpicking technique itself.
danifloss
Registered User
Join date: Apr 2010
20 IQ
#4
Quote by CryogenicHusk
what is your goal? Are you trying to play melody and harmony/bass simultaneously like this ? If so, you kinda got a long road ahead of you, cause most guys who play like that are pretty good at arranging, not just raw fingerpicking technique itself.


Wow. What an amazing guitarist that player is.

I just want an accompaniment to my singing. I will be singing the melody.
danifloss
Registered User
Join date: Apr 2010
20 IQ
#5
Quote by Bikewer
The entry point for most people to fingerstyle playing is indeed pattern picking or what we used to call "Travis picking". Just playing patterns over chords.
You then learn to add the typical embellishments; hammer-ons and pull-offs, little bass runs, that sort of thing.
Then you can go from one pattern to another, and finally learn to throw in single-note runs and even chordal runs and such. You can get a lot of mileage out of this....Numbers of very fine players still just do slightly-more-advanced versions of these techniques.


Thanks this is quite informative - I've got a long way to go!