HOW TO PLAY FINGERSTYLE CHORDS
In this the ninth of ten lessons, Gary Clinton outlines how to play fingerstyle chords. This lesson builds from the previous lesson which dealt with Fingerstyle Melody. So, if you haven’t watched that lesson, have a look and learn all about the important building blocks of this technique.
WHY LEARN TO PLAY CHORDS WITH A FINGERSTYLE TECHNIQUE?
It’s a good question and the simple answer is that it really makes your chords sound great. What you are doing is arpeggiating the chords. So, you’re not creating one block of sound as when you’d usually strum a chord. You are in effect creating a wave of sound as each note melds into the next.
Fingerstyle chords create a new way of expressing the harmonic structure that outlines the chords of your song. Gary introduces the basic technique and demonstrates exactly how you should go about practicing it. Gary also discusses common mistakes to avoid when learning fingerstyle.
FINGERSTYLE CHORD PATTERNS TO LEARN
Once you have mastered the basics, Gary then applies these building block patterns to some of the chords you learned earlier. If you’ve never played fingerstyle before, you’ll be amazed at how good some simple chords sound when using this technique.
You may well be realising how many of the previously learned ideas such as chords, fingerstyle, theory is coming together. This is something that will continue as you progress as a guitar player. Ideas that seem isolated or of not that much relevance in earlier lessons actually come to the fore when applied to other ideas. Once you understand this, you will realise that going back and refreshing yourself on earlier lesson material is no bad thing.
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