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Fingerstyle Guitar: Introduction to Fingerpicking

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For guitar ‘strummers’ who want to develop other interesting ways of playing, this workshop introduces the use of right-hand fingers to play chords by picking individual strings. We cover some basic principles to get everyone on the same page and look at playing in ‘guitar-friendly’ keys.

We look at how a capo creates guitar-friendly keys from awkward keys,  here to put the capo and how we transpose chords from difficult keys into these friendly keys. We explore different picking patterns for various songs and you will experiment with your own picking patterns. We also look briefly at a self-accompanied style of playing both the tune and accompanying chords at the same time.

To benefit from this workshop you ideally need to have been playing for at least 6 months and be able to play most of chords G, C, D, A, E, F, Am, Dm, Em, Bm, F#m, B7, G7, F7. Please bring a guitar (acoustic preferred), guitar tuner and a capo.

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