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A couple of questions that come up as I went through it:
- In measures like 18 through 19 was he playing a half barre?
- Going from measure 7 to 8 it is playing in a higher position up the neck and then ends up back on the first fret on the first beat of measure 8. My inclination is to instead play that C on the 5th fret of the G string. Did Wayne slide down or was he playing the end of the 7th measure with his middle finger on the third fret and then stretch his first. Sorry… that’s a pretty specific question.
Thanks for posting it. That’s great!
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Question 1. Yes…
He was playing with his first finger on the 1st and 2nd string with his second finger on the third string (what he called an “F” chord position).
Question 2. Great minds think alike, I thought the exact same thing while he was teaching the tune (in fact the moment he played that riff). It is much faster to just reach over to the 5th fret of the G string (to play the note C). He was playing the note E with his ring finger (5th fret B string) followed by his pointer finger playing the note C (1st fret B string). However, when you are in the company of folks like Wayne Henderson, I find it best to keep my mouth shut with my eyes and ears open. I think that your concept of the fingering would probably be a smoother way to approach it.
One last thought. Watching Wayne play has me thinking that he approaches lead lines and riffs based around chord forms and that is why he chose that fingering. If you see him play on YouTube sometime, watch his left hand. He tends to play everything in some sort of movable chord position (I’ve noticed this about some of the greatest bluegrass and jazz guitar players).