#1
Hi everyone, was wondering if someone can solve my problem?
I can finger-pick closed chords no problem can do it with my eyes closed any pattern I want. alternate thumb proper three fingers any string.
But when it comes to more advanced stuff where only partial notes are held. like "stairway" for example" I fall flat on my face. I've practiced till I'm blue in the face. but it doesnt work.
so any advice, exercises that I can try to develop this skill. its driving me mad. its why I stopped playing for a few years, just couldnt develop. any further.

Rachel
#2
practise each part seperately, so play the part for the thumb first. then play the part for your three fingers. then slowly stick them together a barre at a time. and makre sure you enforce the proper finger picking technique. you've said you know it, but just incase i'll mention it: thumb takes E A and D strings, index takes G, middle takes B and ring takes high E. Hope this helps to some extent.
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#3
It is more tricky for sure and I dont pretend to be expert but Id agree that if anything is troubling you guitar-playing-wise then break it down into what then become playing exercises. Perform to a metronome until comfortable.

When you are confident then re-assemble. Stairway is a great exercise for this.

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#4
thanks guys,
Am going to see a teacher next week to see if he can find any problems that might be causing my distress. I was playing seven hours a day seven days a week for five years and just couldnt get over this issue.
been back playing two weeks now. and I'm coming on fine until. I try for something a bit harder.
Hopefully he can help by watching me
will keep plugging away though
Lili
#5
I can't resist commenting...in your first post you signed it Rachel, and your second post you signed it Lili.......multiple personalities or just trying to confuse us? :P

And yeah, seeing a teacher is a good idea. They can always pick up on flaws you never even knew you had!
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#6
sorry guys confused myself. been stabbing away at nothng else matters all afternoon. I couldnt remember if I signed lili or rachel.
names Rachel lol

nearly got the intro too chuffed

Rachel aka lili
#7
Break it up into parts. I remember learning that song and it took me quite a while. Heck, I remember finally working out the finger picked part and then sucking at the rhythm. Then working out the rhythm and not being able to switch between the two as required. You can learn a whole lot from that song. It took me almost two years of playing the guitar before I could attempt that lead. Dont fret over it.
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#8
Its funny, but I have tried to play it for nearly five years of playing, had a long break and it sort of came natural. just let my fingerpicking skills take over and it happened. just got a few tiny tweaks to get it good.
Rachel
#9
break it up into parts and play each part slowly till you have them down perfectly. then practice each part separately but faster. once you have them down, try playing them together slowly, very slowly at first - slow enough to where if you have to figure something out as you play, you'll have time to do it without slowing down. when you can do it twice in a row, speed it up a little bit at a time till it's the speed you want to play it.
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