Here’s Kaki King teaching us how to play the fingering pattern from the song “Trying to Speak Parts 1 & 2.” It’s a cut from her brand new album The Neck is a Bridge to the Body, the soundtrack to her multimedia show by the same name. Somehow when the incomparable Kaki King shares the trick to this riff she makes it look easy. But then watch her crank it full speed and holy moly!
In keeping with the same “less is more” philosophy, today’s example is about creating a pattern that is powerful, yet simplistic. I’m playing simple straight eighth notes, and accenting beats 2 and 4. Even though this isn’t the most complex of ideas, I’m still able to create a pretty impactful idea.
I’m back with Lily Maase for part two of our Picking and Strumming Tuneup. And this time, we’re going to step things up a notch! This is a followup to our previous lesson, where we learned some simple right hand and left hand techniques in the country style. Today we advance on that lesson, as Maase demonstrates the possibilities with this technique.
In this article I’d like to acquaint you with some great slide licks I like to play in open A tuning. These riffs and runs are super versatile – you can use them to hop up your own blues pieces, employ them as solos in a classic blues song or even just entertain yourself with them on a back porch in the middle of a scorching heat wave.
Today just might be a good day to learn a new easy acoustic guitar song! Here’s our first in a series of song tutorials from Ian of Learnguitarfasttips.com This song is “Say Something,” is by A Great Big World. A poignant, lovely and easy tune
Acoustic guitarist Alan Gogoll appeared on our radar last year with an innovative way to incorporate harmonics. Now the Australia-native is back with another video, displaying more of his original “bell harmonics” technique.
In this week’s example, I demonstrate a pattern aimed at creating space. Sometimes less is more, and by creating a gap between chord changes, a more dramatic effect can be achieved. Feel free to experiment with this simple idea to really change up what may otherwise be too straight ahead.
Yes, it’s true. We all need some help making technique adjustments. Here I sit down with master instructor Lily Maase as we talk about pick technique and then dig into a little picking and strumming pattern.
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As songwriters, we think of tempo as the most basic of basics. Tempo, or the speed at which we perform a song, is sort of the quiet engine, the driving force behind all our tunes; yet, because we consider it so "Songwriting 101," tempo can sometimes become songcraft’s sadly neglected middle child.